Clarence Erwin Mershon

April 23, 1931May 10, 2013

Clarence was born April 23, 1931 in Portland, OR to George W. and Laura A. Mershon. He died May 10, 2013 after a brief illness. He grew up working on a farm in the Corbett area where his great grandparents arrived in 1881. He graduated from Columbian High School (now Corbett) in 1949. While a student at Columbian High School, he enlisted in the Oregon National Guard and was later called to active service as a member of the 142nd Fighter Group during the Korean War, achieving the rank of sergeant.

Clarence graduated from Portland State University in 1959 and later earned his Masters of Education from the University of Oregon. Under a National Science Foundation Grant, he studied mathematics at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Clarence had a 30 year career with the Parkrose School District, working as a teacher and an administrator. His family often marveled that he remembered the names and faces of his students long afterward. He also worked many years at the Multnomah Kennel Club, first as a night office manager, then as a racing official. His was the voice reporting MKC racing results on local radio for many years.

As a member of the Mazamas, Clarence climbed several Northwest Peaks, including the Guardian Peaks of Hood, Adams and St Helens. He was an avid runner, completing three marathons and enjoyed ballroom dancing and karaoke singing. Clarence also had a passion for history. In retirement, he published several books recording stories and history of East Multnomah County and the Historic Columbia River Highway. His last book was completed shortly before his death.

Clarence married his high school sweetheart, Colleen, in 1950. In addition to his wife of 63 years, he is survived by four children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren, as well as a brother and sister. He was preceded in death by a brother and sister and one grandchild.

A celebration of life will be held at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home in Gresham on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Remembrances to: Troutdale Historical Society-Highway Exhibit, 219 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Troutdale, OR 97060 or Corbett Education Foundation-Clarence and Colleen Mershon Scholarship Fund, 35800 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR 97019.


  • A Celebration of Clarence's Life

    Monday, May 20, 2013


Clarence Erwin Mershon

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Kimberley Brown

December 3, 2019

What an unfortunate loss. I am the great-great granddaughter of Helen Mershon Timmons-- Clarence's great aunt. (Pictured with my great-grandmother Virdie Wallace and the two eldest of her five sons.) It wasn't up until just recently that I discovered that I have been living among my family's living history here in Troutdale all of these years and had absolutely no idea. It is with great hope that I can continue to learn more about the Mershons through Clarence's books and by one day meeting those who knew this seemingly wonderful man.

Nancy Anderson-Dublin

April 26, 2014

Clarence Mershon was a very fine man. It was a privilege to know him (and his lovely wife, Coleen). I only learned of his passing in 2014. So very sorry to hear this. Clarence really liked working on the books about Corbett and the families who lived there. He did a great service by writing those books. An unselfish & kind man in so many ways.

His children should be so proud to have had him for their dad. Clarence accomplished so much good in his lifetime. He left behind quite a legacy and with so many young people. That's saying something.

Jim Wilcox

December 17, 2013

I was a (not so bright) student of his in '72. We skipped his class to attend a spontaneous in-school demonstration. To make up for it, he challenged us to run with him on the track as the class looked on from the windows. He was an early runner so literally did laps around us. I remember him running backwards ahead of me while calling out: C'mon Wilcox!
I got a chance to call him about a year ago. So glad I did.

pat lucas

June 13, 2013

Clarence and Colleen are the relatives that you are most fortunate to have and certainly a light in the world and a blessing to me. He will be missed, he touched all he met and I am grateful.

G. Wesley Post

May 28, 2013

I am grateful for Clarence's contribution and dedication to the preservation, restoration and promotion of the 'Works of Art' of the early 1900's artist Charles Wesley Post, my great grandfather.
The Celebration of Life Service was wonderful and I was happy to see so many people in attendance.

Sharon Takahashi

May 24, 2013

I was privileged to teach at Parkrose High School for a short stint, far shorter than Bud's 30 year span. Though he was considered an administrator, he relished checking on students and their progress personally.
Two years ago, we re-connected when he became Gresham Troutdale Japanese American Citizens League's scholarship delegate to our banquet meetings. He generously donated a case of his book to be sold, with the proceeds to benefit G-T's scholarship for a graduating senior. Bud was a minority in our organization but he was still an advocate for higher education.
At his celebration of life, I was pleased to hear someone say his legacy was the great family he raised. Then, I had to smile and look up because we were all blessed to have been a part of his "family of caring."
My condolences to Bud's family--but know that he quietly did much for others and will be forever remembered.

May 23, 2013

Mr. Mershon was my favorite high school math teacher. He was such a nice person.

Marla Healy
Class of '75

Faith & Taka Matsuoka

May 22, 2013

We were so sad to hear of the passing of Mr. Mershon. He was Principal at Sacramento Elementary when our boys went there. He was always so kind and considerate. Never seemed "ruffled" about anything. We worked with him for a bit, planting "shitake" on logs, and we just enjoyed that further contact with him. May the Lord comfort and bless his family as they will miss him so much.

Jewel Carothers

May 21, 2013

Mr. Mershon was my principal when I attended Sacramento Elementary School. He always had a ready smile and was well loved by all the students. My condolences to his family and friends.

Jayne Mershon

May 21, 2013

Dear Aunt Colleen, Mike, Elise, Chris and Perry,
I have so many great memories of Clarence and your family. My favorite recent memory of Clarence is when you and Clarence attended Dad's 80th birthday dinner and Clarence gave a toast to honor my Dad. He talked about remembering Dad when he was a blond head boy hoeing in the fields. It was moving to see the closeness between Dad and Clarence. It made for such a happy night. I also remember all your support when Dad was in the hospital after his surgery.

Remembering back a few years, I was standing in the store one day with Mom. You and Clarence stopped by to talk and Clarence told me how proud he was of me, that I had graduated with my Chemical Engineering degree. It put me on cloud nine that day. Clarence was also very proud of you, Colleen. After you had completed a marathon, Clarence came in and announced you had won. He was so very proud. I remember you trying to downplay the win, but it was difficult with Clarence there bragging about you.

There are so many more memories. I can't tell you how sorry I was to have missed my flight home for the service. My thoughts are with all of you.