John Adolph Codino, 83, of Hood River, Ore., passed away on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at the Hood River Care Center, surrounded by those who loved him. John was born Dec. 30, 1930, in Portland, Ore., to Anthony and Evelyn (Favro) Codino. John attended Whitaker Elementary School in Portland, Ore., and graduated from Benson High School in Portland.
John married Elva Eileen, and for many years John was a news reporter and disc jockey with KIHR Radio Station in Hood River.
John Codino was a 50-plus-year member of the Oregon and Washington Officials Association, working football, basketball, baseball and softball, on all levels of play. He served 25 years as the Commissioner of Umpires for the Mid-Columbia, but always felt his greatest contributions were to Little League baseball. He was one of the few Little League umpires in the area to work a Little League World Series, working the inaugural Softball World Series, at Alpenrose Dairy, where it is still held today.
John was a legendary fishermen and hunter. Fish feared him, and deer smiled at him. Volumes would be needed to outline his exploits!
He was a former member of BPOE #1507, and a 50-plus-year member of the Hood River Lions Club. His 10 years of performances in the Lions Follies were gut-wrenching, yet to John, near Academy Awards caliber.
He also served as District Governor for District 36, 2003-2004, which comprised all of eastern Oregon.
John made thousands of friends throughout his life. He always had a smile and a joke for everyone, as he truly cared about people. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
John is survived by brother Leo Codino of Portland, Ore.; stepsons Michael J. Wollam, of Portland, John F. Wollam, of Vancouver, Wash., and Matthew T. Wollam, of Denver, Colo., nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Antony Codino, and mother, Evelyn Codino.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, Sept. 4, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1501 Belmont Ave., Hood River, with a reception to follow.
Memorial contributions may be made to LCIF International in care of Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031. Please visit andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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