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Tony Haskins, Aug. 8, 1950 – March 16, 2012

Tony Haskins served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era. He was chairman of the Oregon State Grange's veteran's committee.

Tony Haskins, beloved member of the Checkerboard Squares, died of a heart attack on March 16, 2012. He was 61 years old.

 Tony served as president of the Portland Area Council of square and round dancers. He also was first vice president of the Oregon Federation of Square and Round Dancers. He was poised to become state federation president next year, had he lived. His black Ram pickup pulled many a float in the Starlight and Gresham Teddy Bear parades.

The Grange was another of Tony’s interests. He was master (president) of the Rockwood Grange. He served as chairman of the Oregon State Grange’s veteran’s committee.

On Mondays and Wednesdays, Tony bowled on two senior bowling leagues.

He was a member of Greater Grace Lutheran Brethren Church. He was responsible for the church’s Snow Cap donation barrel and enjoyed delivering the collected food to Snow Cap.

Tony was born in Prairie City, Ore., and grew up in Bates, Ore., a lumber mill town. During his high school years, he played the trumpet, often performing taps at military funerals. He enjoyed cross-country skiing and snowshoeing to his family’s mountain cabin on a gold mining claim. He was an excellent guitar player with a country-style voice.

Following high school, Tony served twice in the U.S. Army. He was in the infantry and was a chaplain’s assistant. He attended college in Idaho where he studied journalism and restaurant management. Restaurant management became his career. He was restaurant manager for the Sambos chain in California, where he oversaw multiple restaurants as a district manager. He managed many other restaurants until he retired at age 45.

Tony was known for his sense of humor, his wide smile and his big heart. We love you, Tony, and we miss you. We will never forget you.