On January 16th, Jack Cavender passed away at his home in Monument, Oregon surrounded by his family. He was 96 years old. Having moved to the Monument area in 1949, he was instrumental in shaping many aspects of the local community.
Jack taught Adult Vocational Agriculture at the Monument High School for seven years before beginning work at the Columbia Power Co-Op in 1957 as an irrigation engineer. In this position, he developed the Co-Op’s irrigation and farm supply business and engineered many of the original irrigation systems in
the area. He was also active with his own farming and ranching operations.
Jack was very involved on many local boards, including the Monument School Board and Monument Senior Center. He was one of the original board members on the Monument SWCD serving for numerous years, many as the Chairman. Jack was also instrumental in starting the North Fork John Day Watershed Council. He won numerous local and state awards for his work in conservation. Jack and his wife Clyde donated land for creation of the Monument River Park and granted public access for fishing and recreation at the irrigation reservoir on their property above the highway. The Monument SWCD enjoyed working with Jack recently on a project to enhance wetland habitat conditions located on his property next to the North Fork John Day River. He will be greatly missed.