Vern Russell LaFountaine, 90, passed away Oct. 1, 2017, at his Longview home.

He was a 60-plus year Longview resident and worked for 33 years in Weyerhaeuser’s Data Processing Dept. Vern was an avid outdoor enthusiast and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping all over the Northwest.

He was born July 30, 1927, in Clatskanie, and attended schools there. Vern was a starting forward on the 1945 Clatskanie High School State Championship Basketball Team. In later years he spent many hours volunteering at the Weyerhaeuser Forest Learning Center near Mount St. Helens, where he looked forward to meeting the many visitors and tourists.

Vern is survived by three sons, Mark, Tim and Ben; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

His wife of 60 years, Dorothy LaFountaine preceded him in death in 2009.

Per his request, a private graveside service will be held at Longview Memorial Park.

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