The Enterprise, White Salmon, WA., January 4, 1996 page 14
John I. Splawn, a lifelong Klickitat County resident, died Dec. 25, 1995, in White Salmon, at the age of 96.
Mr. Splawn was born May 6, 1899, in Lyle. He was raised in High Prairie. He was a logger for a time, then was a White Salmon City Police Officer before serving 30-plus years as a Klickitat County Deputy Sheriff. He retired at the age of 70.
Mr. Splawn was married to Marie Locke and they had one daughter, Dorothy. He then married Laura Marie Pierson in 1958. She died in November 1994.
He was a charter and oldest member of Mt. Adams Elks Lodge #1868. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge and Washington State Retired Law Enforcement. He loved to fish, garden and especially hunt, which he did even this fall.
Mr. Splawn is survived by his daughter, Dorothy Williams, White Salmon; step-children, James Pierson and Joyce Stembridge, both of White Salmon, Lorraine Hill, Trout Lake, and Bob Pierson, Boring, Ore.; 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and four great great-grandchildren.
Services for Mr. Splawn were held Saturday, Dec. 30, 1995, at 11 a.m. at Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon, with the Mt. Adams Elks Lodge #1868 officiating. Interment was at Balch Cemetery, Lyle.
Memorials may be made to Skyline Foundation, in care of Gardner Funeral Home.
Arrangements were handled by Gardner Funeral Home.