Obituary: Linford E. Mallett (Oct. 27, 1922 – Dec. 10, 2013)

By Submitted December 17, 2013 03:33 pm

Linford E. Mallett
Linford E. Mallett
Linford E. Mallett, born Oct. 27, 1922, passed away on Dec. 10, 2013. Lin was born in Portland, Ore., growing up in the nearby city of Gresham. As a young boy he enjoyed living on a farm with his parents and younger brother. In high school he played tuba and was on the wrestling and tennis teams. 

He first attended Willamette University. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942, serving as an Ensign in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre during World War II. He attended Oregon College of Education, St. Mary’s College, Columbia University, and earned his masters at Stanford University. His first teaching assignment was in Taft, Ore.

He met his sweetheart, Barbara Rydjeske, and they were married over 50 years. He became a principal in Taft, later in Newport, Ore., and then in 1956 moved to Crescent City to become principal at Crescent Elk School. Eventually he became principal at Pine Grove, Lake Earl, Bess Maxwell, and Joe Hamilton. According to Mr. Mallett, the most important thing about being a principal was making sure he knew all the children’s names in the school. It was also important to spend time on the playground and in the lunchroom. He was a singing principal. He would play his guitar and sing with the children. In addition, he loved to teach the children square dancing. 

Lin and Barbara traveled for fun and education, visiting schools in Russia and beaches in Mexico and Hawaii. They traveled extensively throughout Europe but enjoyed summers at their cabin in Gasquet. His favorite pastimes were playing golf, racquetball, skin diving, fishing and raising a prolific garden.

Lin was a member of the United Methodist Church and spent the last five years with the sensitive, loving and caring staff of Addie Meedom. 

Surviving are his son, Greg Mallett and wife Cindy; daughter Christine and husband Skip and four grandchildren: Katy Carmichael (husband Austin), Teri Griffith (husband Chris), Scott Congdon (wife Ana) and Lindsay Congdon. Great-grandchildren include Miles Congdon and Mary Griffith.

Memorial services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Del Norte Scholarship Fund to be awarded to current caregivers at Addie Meedom House who are attending College of the Redwoods. Contributions can be sent in care of Barbara Ringgold, 125 Cable Lane, Crescent City, CA.