Joe Layton

Joe Layton, known as Bud or Buddy, was born to Charlie and Ruby Layton, on Jan. 23, 1933 ,in a house on what is now Hammel Road, near Eagle Point. He died July 1, 2011 and was laid to rest in the Eagle Point National Cemetery.

Bud started school at Elk Creek, then moved to schools in Shady Cove, Reese Creek, Eagle Point, and finally, Prospect. His father was killed when he was 10 years old. Times were tough. He quit school in the seventh grade and looked for work. He began logging for Charlie Skeeters in 1948 at the age of 15.

He married Barbara Jackson in 1955. They had two children, Sid Layton and Lori Striplin. Barbara passed away in 2000.

Buddy loved to work and he like to remember the many great people he met through his jobs. He was in the refrigeration business and was employed by Leonards Electric, Sears and 3M. He also had an ice business and delivered ice.

He soon realized he wanted to be his own boss. He began logging,which turned out to be his occupation and love. Bud’s first logging job was hauling logs in a dump truck. There are many stories of this first try in the logging business. He soon went on to bigger and better things. He was a contract logger for Medco from 1984 to 1996. He often commented that he like to work smart and hard and then have a cold beer.

Fishing and hunting were activities he enjoyed. He especially enjoyed his fishing trips to Sitka, Alaska, with Sid. While on one of these trips, Bud caught a trophy ling cod that was put on display in the Sitka Airport.

Bud met Judy Smith, his soul-mate, and they had several great years together. Judy was a loving friend and companion by his side until the end. He also enjoyed Judy’s children and his special pal, Jaden.

Bud was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Barbara; and brothers, Charles and Jim. He is survived by children Sid and Lori; brothers, Bill, of Madras, and Gordon, of Central Point.

Bud touched the lives of many in a very positive way. He always had time to visit and will be missed.

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