In Memoriam

Joan Darby La Plant
March 5, 1946 - January 9, 2014

Joan Irene (Darby) La Plant was born March 5, 1946 at The Dalles, Oregon to parents, Marvin Earl & Irene Augusta (Whorton) Darby. She died Thursday, January 9, 2014 at her home in Hermiston, Oregon at the age of 67.

She was raised in The Dalles where she was involved in 4-H and graduated from The Dalles High School. She moved to Hermiston and worked at Burnham’s Clothing Store. Joan met and married David La Plant in Hermiston. They lived in Enterprise, Oregon for 3 years before moving back to Hermiston. Joan worked at Simplot and for the Hermiston School District as a cook at Sunset Elementary and at Armand Larive Middle School. She was known as "Momma Joan" to many for being a good listener. She was a former member of the Jaycee’s. Joan enjoyed being an artist, an antique collector and painting holiday windows.

She is survived by Daughter, Lisa (Mark) Moore of Hermiston, OR; Son, Brian (Kimberly) La Plant of Hermiston; 2 Grandchildren, Kassi & Kayla La Plant.

She was preceded in death by Parents, Marvin & Irene Darby and Husband, David La Plant.

Graveside Services will be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Hermiston Cemetery.

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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon is in care of arrangements.