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Obituaries: Corbin; Hauber; Walport

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Jaime Michael Corbin

Jaime Michael Corbin: 1983 – 2024

This weekend ,Jake’s life is being celebrated by friends on the Oregon Coast. There will be lots of laughs and tears. Below is Jake’s obituary. Please share memories and photos of Jake and yourself! We can’t all be together to celebrate and mourn, but we can connect here.

Jaime Michael Corbin, of Eugene, Oregon, passed away November 27, 2023 in Medford, Oregon at 40 years of age. Jake, as he was known to those close to him, was born September 23, 1983 to Thomas F. Corbin and Jamie Marie (Briggs) Corbin. Jake was kind, easygoing, intelligent, hardworking, and he was funny. He had a somewhat dry wit with some silly mixed in. He will be sorely missed. 

He grew up in Southern California with his siblings and parents until they moved to Wyoming in the mid-nineties. Jake graduated from Mountain View High School in 2002 and soon after he and some buddies packed up an old sedan and drove to Oregon. With a papasan chair strapped to the roof of his car, Jake and company headed west. They settled in Eugene, where Jake lived until shortly before his death. 

Jake had found his calling soon after arriving in Oregon, when he began working in an auto parts shop. He would eventually work for Napa Auto Parts for upwards of 20 years. Jake had a knack for retaining data and could rattle off the part number for the timing belt on 1994 GMC Suburban without missing a beat. 

In 2010, Jake started dating the love if his life, Lauren Even. Together they welcomed their daughter, Eloise Luna, in March of 2017. Jake adored Eloise and he will live on through his beautiful daughter, as well as through the immense amount of fond memories held by anyone who knew him. 

Jake was undoubtedly met by his older brother, Tom, upon leaving this earth. What a joyous reunion that must have been! Jake was also preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Halford Briggs and Dorothy Morris; his paternal grandparents, Boyce “Bud” and Joan Corbin; his uncle, Jim Russell; his parents-in-law, David and Leslie Even; friend, Amy Kalama; and brother-in-law, Stuart Douglass. 

Jake is survived by his mother, of Talent, Oregon; his dad, of Casper, Wyoming; his daughter, Eloise; and his life-mate, Lauren, of Eugene, Oregon; his older sister, Kate Miller (Cory); his nieces, Avery and Lenna, of Casper, Wyoming; his aunts, Jane Johnson (Bobby) of Gillette, Wyoming and Judi Russell (Jim) of Casper, Wyoming; and a lot of loving cousins and many great friends. 

A celebration of Jake’s life was held at a beach house on the Oregon Coast, perhaps his favorite place.


Inez Arline Hauber: 1933 – 2024

Inez Arlene Hauber went to be with the lord and her cowboy, Walter, on June 13, 2024.

She was born on August 5, 1933, in Hulett, Wyoming, to Edward and Inez (Stockton) Fowlkes. She was born at home in a one-bedroom cabin, weighing less than 3 lbs. Her father wrapped her up and put her in the oven of a wood burning cook stove to keep her warm. She was raised with three brothers, Don, Bob, and Melvin. She was raised in a shack with three little rooms with no electricity or running water. She attended school at Moore Hill School first grade through 8th grade. She was a cheerleader all three years of high school in Hulett, Wyoming.

She attended college at Black Hills Teachers College, which is now Black Hills State University, in Spearfish, South Dakota. Her first teaching job was in September 1950 at a small county schoolhouse; she was only 16 at the time. While boarding at the Hauber ranch, she met a tall handsome cowboy, Walter. While dating, he enlisted into the Marine Corps, which took him to California and Korea. While home on leave from boot camp they were married on February 28, 1952.

While he was in Korea, they lost their first child, gender unknown. After being discharged from the Marines, the couple moved back to Wyoming. Richard was born in 1955, Robert in 1957, and Krista in 1966.

In 1960, they bought a ranch in Weston. Here they made their life working the ranch, managing oil wells, and delivering mail. Arline is survived by her brother, Melvin Fowlkes of, Idaho; children: Richard (Sandy) Hauber, Robert (Carolyn) Hauber, and Krista (Mike) Bundy; grandchildren: Alison (Dustin) Kalpin, Hope (Whitney) Lyon, Ashley Hauber, Kimberly (Josh) Romo, Derek (Bre) Hauber, and Brad Bundy; and great-grandchildren: Sydalee Brown, Adelina Lotter, Josiah and Olivia Lyon, Jasmyn and Quinn Kalpin, Brandon and Alison Muhlbauer, Marcus Hauber, and Rowen Romo.

She is preceded in death by the love of her life for 67 years, Walter; her parents; her brothers, Don and Bob; and a grandson, Shaun.

Memorial service and reception on Thursday, June 20 at 1:00 p.m. in the Primrose Assembly Hall in Gillette, Wyoming. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Hulett Museum and Library PO Box 103, Hulett, WY 82720. 


Patrick Charles Walport: 1968 – 2024

Patrick C. Walport (Pat, P-Diddy) passed away peacefully at Campbell County Memorial Hospital on June 12, 2024 at 56 years old, surrounded by his loving family. Patrick was born on January 27, 1968 in Casper, Wyoming to James and Eileen Walport. He started school in Casper at St. Anthony Catholic School and continued his education at Dean Morgan Junior High until his family moved to Gillette. Once in Gillette, he attended Twin Spruce Jr. High and graduated from Campbell County High School in 1986, eventually graduating Diesel Mechanic Trade School in Casper, Wyoming. 

Patrick married his high school sweetheart Elizabeth Melby and of that union two beautiful children were born, Christopher Levi and Lacey Marie. Patrick then moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota with his new family where they lived for 10 years. While in Minnesota Patrick worked as Maintenance Manager of an apartment complex.

Patrick returned home to Gillette, Wyoming in 2004 to be closer to his parents after separating from Elizabeth. He did what he loved working as a mechanic at Thunder Basin Ford where he met the love of his life, Christie, and her three beautiful daughters, Tana, Natalie, and Toni. Pat and Christie’s love was a whirlwind romance. Once committed to each other, they were inseparable for 20 years. Their union was official on October 31, 2006. In their 20 years of time together, they enjoyed a house full of love, lots of laughter, music and good food. Patrick was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, son, father in law, and best friend to many. He loved expressing his love for his friends and family with a backyard barbecue where he was the chef. It was important to Pat to show the people close to him he loved them in every way possible, from being everyone’s auto mechanic, to comfort food cook, to retrieving kids from all over. 

Some of Pat’s hobbies included playing his guitar, throwing farkle parties, watching Sci-Fi movies and Ghost Adventures, playing the Wii and being creative in the kitchen. Of P-Diddy’s many hobbies his favorite was Nascar. Boy did he love Jeff Gordon.

Patrick is preceded in death by his mother, Eileen Walport and his brother, Andy Walport. Patrick is survived by his father, Jim Walport; wife, Christie Walport; brother, Darel (Dawn) Petersen; his children: Christopher (Ashley) Walport, Lacey Walport, Tana (Nate) Sikkenga, Natalie (Eric) Benson, Toni (Brandon) Larson; grandchildren: Sterling Walport, Lucius Walport, Vanessa (Anand) Ableson, Tyler (Chloe) Sikkenga, Aspen Sikkenga, Jason Sikkenga, Rebecca Castillo-Benson, Shawn Benson, Oliver Benson, Logan Larson, Brittany Larson; brothers-in-law, Mike Arzy and Jim (Carmen) Arzy; sister-in-law, Carol (Monty) Webb; as well as many nieces, nephews, and lots of good friends.

A Viewing and Catholic Vigil will be conducted for Patrick on Tuesday, June 18 at Gillette Memorial Chapel from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, June 19, at St. Matthews Catholic Church, with reception to follow. Patrick will be laid to rest at Wyoming Memorial Cemetery in Casper, Wyoming.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Knights of Columbus. Condolences may be expressed at gillettememorialchapel.com or mailed to 210 W. 5th St, Gillette, WY, 82716, care of THE WALPORT FAMILY.

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