John Laca, 93, of Parma,
formerly of Ontario, died Thursday, Nov. 28 1996, at a
Caldwell hospital. Vigil with Rosary will be 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Dec. 3, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Ontario.
Liturgy of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4,
also at Blessed Sacrament with Father Enrique Terriquez of St.
Mary’s Catholic Church, Caldwell, presiding. Burial will be
Cemetery at 2 p.m. Wednesday,
Dec. 4. Services are under the direction of Ontario’s
John was born Dec. 28, 1902, at Ondorroa,
Spain, a son of Jose
Maria and Maria Farate Laca. He came to Westfall,
Oregon, when he was 17
to be a sheepherder for Rufino Arrien. He returned to Spain
in 1931. On Nov. 14, 1932, he married Gregoria Osa at Begonia,
Spain. They returned
to Westfall with a 3-year-old daughter, Angela, to herd sheep
again for Mr. Arrien. Later a son, Julian, was born. John
was later employed by Vicente Mendiola and the family moved to
Ontario, where they lived most of their lives, except for a
few years in McDermitt, Nevada and New Plymouth, Idaho. John
purchased a farm west of Cairo Junction in 1948, and farmed
the land until he retired. In 1988 Gregoria and John moved to
Parma where they would be close to their son, Julian and
family. He was known to the grandchildren as Po Po.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Angela and
Frank Good of Sutherlin, Oregon; a son and daughter-in-law,
Julian and Eileen Laca of Parma; seven grandchildren with
spouses, Steve Good and Greg Good of Sutherlin, Nancy and John
Kiesewetter of Eugene, Oregon, John Laca of Boise, Angela
Laca of Pullman, Washington, Marcy and Mark Few of Spokane,
Washington, Christina and Gary Van Tol of Ontario; a great-granson,
Carson Kiesewetter; one brother and five sisters, all of
Vizcaya, Spain, and numerous other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his wife Gregoria, one
brother and two sisters. Memorials may be made to Columbia
West Valley Hospice or the Ontario Basque Club in care of
Lienkaemper Chapel, P.O. Box 970, Ontario, Oregon, 97914.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Ontario’s