Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ Clarence Durbin ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
Clarence Durbin
BORN: 12 Nov 1859 DIED: 31 May 1891 BURIED: 3 Jun 1891
BIRTH PLACE:  Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
DEATH PLACE: Billings, Yellowstone Co., Montana
IOOF - Clarance [sic] Durbin, age 31, born in Oregon, died in Montana, killed by a horse falling on him.
A Marion County Boy Dies Near Billings, Montana -- To Be Buried Here.
Mr. W. R. Sewall, has received a dispatch from Billings, Mont., stating that his nephew, Clarence Durbin, died there yesterday morning from injuries received the day before. No particulars were given. Clarence Durbin was a son of Sol Durbin, a pioneer resident of Marion county. He married Miss Aggie Young, of this city, a daughter of George Young, formerly connected with the Cosmopolitan hotel. He was engaged in stock raising near Billings and was a steady, industrious young man, well liked by all who knew him.
The above item appeared in yesterday (Monday) morning's Oregonian.
Clarence F. Durbin was aged about 31 years. It is presumed that his death resulted from injuries received while running stock, for Mr. Durbin has been in the stock business near Billings for some time. His brother-in-law, J. H. Koltes, of Portland, was in Salem yesterday, and gave this as his opinion.
Sol. Durbin, father of the deceased, and who also has stock interests near Billings, left here for that place about two weeks ago, and was with his son at his death.
Clarence had many friends here, where he was born and grew to manhood, who will be sorely grieved to learn of his sad death in the prime of life.
The body is expected to arrive here for burial tomorrow, Wednesday, and further announcement will be made in these columns as to the time of the funeral.
Daily Oregon Statesman 2 Jun 1891 4:3

KILLED IN HIS PRIME - Fatal Accident to Clarence Durbin--His Horse Falls on Him and Death Results.
The following particulars of the death of Clarence Durbin are taken from the Billings, Montana, Gazette, of June 4th, and will be of interest to the many friends he had here:
This community was shocked Tuesday morning when learning of the death of Clarence F. Durbin, at his Blue Creek ranch, from injuries received by his horse falling on him Saturday morning. Mr. Durbin had saddled his horse on the morning of the accident which resulted fatally, intending to ride out among the stock as was his usual custom. The morning was cold and frosty, and the horse, a well broken one, by the way, and one that he had been in the habit of riding daily, gave no evidence of behaving badly until he got in the saddle. Then it reared up on its hind legs and for an instant poised in the air, and with that devlish precision and wicked design which some horses are possesed of, fell backward. The one chance Mr. Durbin had of getting out of the saddle was lost by lack of presence of mind and in an instant he lay on the ground with the cruel pommel of the saddle crushing into his vitals. Assistance was at hand and the mortally injured young man was tenderly carried into the house and the loving hands of his mother and father and young wife, all of whom were at the ranch, administered all the comfort and sonsolation their almost breaking hearts could devise. His forman, Nate Cooper, was off in post haste for Billings to secure medical attendance. Dr. Free was the only physician available. Dr. Chapple being out in the country on a sick visit. Dr. Free, as elsewhere related, attempted to ford the Yellowstone and was nearly drowned, so that some time elapsed after the horse fell upon Durbin before medical assistance could be obtained. Dr. Burleigh went over and helped relieve the injured man and remained until Dr. Chapple arrived, Saturday afternoon. From the time of examination the doctors considered there was no possible hope for recovery and administered drugs to ease the pain, but the family could not believe that Clarence was in a dying condition, and at their request Dr. Alton, of Livingston, was telegraphed for and arrived Sunday morning. He had a consultation with the attending physician, examined the patient, and to Durbin's earnest pleading for the truth concerning his condition, told him he could not possibly live through the day. "But, doctor, I can't die and leave my wife and baby," was his reply and during the few remaining hours he fought death as many a man before has fought the grim reaper when cut down in the prime of life. He had everything to live for, wife and child, parents and home, a plentitude of this world's goods, but at 11 o'clock Sunday morning he breathed his last sigh and his spirit fled. His wife and parents were utterly prostrated with grief and this was a death scene as sad as ever sun shone on. In the spring time of life, the joyousness of youth and hopefulness of love, with beloved wife and lovely child, three ruined lives. O, death! "all we dream, or know, or fear of agon is thine."
The remains were escorted from the ranch to the Billings home Sunday evening by Washington post, Patriotic Order Sons of America, of which deceased was an hobnored member, and on Monday morning the mortal remains of Clarence F. Durbin were taken to his old home in Salem, Oregon, for interment in the family burial ground.
Clarence F. Durbin, whose sad fate is on every tongue, had been engaged in the stock business in this section about two years, having a fine ranch on Blue creek, across the Yellowstone river. His father, S. Durbin, of Oregon, is a wealthy man, having acquired most of his fortune in stock raising in that western country, and was interested in the horse business with Clarence his youngest, and favorite son. They had about 700 head of fine American horses, with which Clarence had been working industriously, and only during the past two years had returns from the investment been coming in. Mr. Durbin was about 30 years of age and had been married not quite two years. He leaves a wife and one child, a baby girl. The aged father and mother and wife and child will return to Billings in a few weeks, and have the hearty sympathy and condolence of hosts of friends.
Weekly Oregon Statesman 17 June 1891 12:2
Clarence Durbin
Born in Salem, Oregon
Nov. 12, 1859
May 31, 1891
IOOF Register of Burials
DAR pg 44
S&H. p. 8
DOS 2 Jun 1891 4:3.
WOS 17 June 1891 12:2
LOT: 429 SPACE: 3 SW LONGITUDE: N 44? 55.205' LATITUDE: W 123? 02.836'