We learned that one of our friends and landowners in Diamond, Oregon, passed away last month. Harold Otley would have been 93 in May. He was out working that morning, as he did every day, on his ranch.
In many ways, Harold is typical not just of his generation in Harney County, but of the men and women who make up the back bone of that very special region. Harold worked until he died. He had a small hoist installed on the back of his truck so that even in his nineties he could lift things in and out of it. He started a new venture within the last few years to grow potatoes. He didn’t hear well but he didn’t miss much, either.
Harold served on the Board of the Harney Electric Cooperative for decades and missed a small handful of meetings in that time. He was conscientious and committed to his family and the community.
One could not help but be impressed by Harold’s energy and presence. He will be missed by us. We extend our condolences to the Otley family and the Diamond community at his passing.