"I am grateful that I have had a purpose to my life....I have had a good life. I have had great friends and a good family."
Wayne, April 2016
  • 66 years old
  • Born on April 29, 1950 .
  • Passed away on May 11, 2016 .

October 30, 2018

Hello Friends of Wayne

Arvell Wilson, the purchaser of Wayne’s house, has just completed a two year remodel of his home in Irvington. Wayne was very proud of the fact that his house was built by a timber baron and featured Povey stained glass windows and inlaid oak floors.
Arvell plans to offer it as lodging for an Airbnb and is having an open house this Saturday November 3 from 12-4:00 p.m. for us to view the remodel. Wear clean socks please!  Wayne’s house will be shoe-free so you can fully appreciate the inlaid oak floors. 
In other news, construction is beginning soon on improvements to the Crown Zellerbach Trail between Scappoose and Vernonia that will include bike repair stations, improved signage, and other Trailhead improvements.  The $6000 that we raised in Wayne’s memory was used as the cornerstone match for a $150,000 Oregon Parks and Recreation Department grant that is funding this project.   Construction should be completed by next July and I’ll let you know when we are ready to gather to remember Wayne once again. 
Also, one of Wayne’s dreams was to complete the last mile of the CZ Trail to Vernonia and complete the Salmonberry Trail which will then connect the CZ Trail to the Oregon Coast. I am currently serving on a new CZ Trail Advisory Committee whose charter is to complete that last section to Vernonia. We hope to complete construction in the next two years. I’ll keep you posted. 
Best wishes,
Dale Latham
April 14, 2018

Several of us met at the CZ Trail near Vernonia to remember Wayne by placing a memorial plaque on his bench, planting some trillium and flower seeds, and spreading some of his ashes nearby. See the pictures we have posted in the Gallery tab. Note the guy with the shovel. It may look like Wayne but it’s Wayne’s beloved brother Wes. There are now two benches in Wayne’s honor. The first at the Tillamook Forestry Center on Hwy 6 and this bench on the CZ Trail. You can visit it by hiking, biking, or even driving to the intersection of the CZ Trail with Pioneer Road just off the Scapoose-Vernonia Hwy. The bench is just about a hundred feet from Pioneer Road towards milepost 5 on the Trail. See the NEW map of the Trail in the Gallery tab that was created by Wayne’s friend Jeff Smith. Jeff created this map at no charge for the grant that we got to improve signage and other improvements along the Trail. It will be posted prominently at all CZ trailheads by next year. T

It’s been almost two years since Wayne passed away and his house on NE 15th near Tillamook is still a work in progress. The outside looks great but they still have months to finish the remodel inside.  The owner plans to remodel it as an Airbnb and will open it for us to see when it’s done. We will keep you posted. 

Finally, here is an update on the work being done on the Tillamook State Forest this year with the generous donation made anonymously in Wayne’s memory: According to Randy Peterson, friend of Wayne’s and Recreation Program Manager on the Tillamook, “We have three trail bridge projects on the Wilson River Trail that will be completed with Wayne's trail fund money. One will be a new bridge on a year round stream and the other two bridge projects will be replacing a bridge on the Wilson River Trail near Jones Creek Campground that is at risk of being washed out by the Wilson River. We will be purchasing materials for the bridge projects this winter and spring and the bridges will be built by our South Fork inmate crew later this summer.

We have also been working with our volunteer groups to develop trail tool caches to support volunteer program activities. We expect to start purchasing the tools for the tool caches later this winter. There will be two tool caches. One based on the west side of the forest and one based on the east side of the forest. We are working on building a more "self directed" volunteer program, which was part of Wayne's vision, and the trail tool caches will definitely help us do that.”  


February 17, 2018

Wayne left his derelict motorcycles to his friend Doug McMahon (commonly known as “Wayne’s Problem”). Doug has created a blog about them and we thought you might be interested. Be sure to subscribe to his blog for future updates. http://waynesproblem.blogspot.com  


January 10, 2018

Do you remember the $6000 many of you donated  in Wayne’s memory a year and a half ago?  Well, here’s what happened to it: Columbia County issued the following press release today. 

Columbia County approved for grant to improve CZ Trail

Oregon Parks and Recreation matches $75,000 for $150,000 in total funding

A desire to memorialize a friend has turned into $150,000 in grants and services for Columbia County’s Crown Zellerbach Trail.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department approved a $75,000 matching grant request to provide improved access, safety and services along the 23-mile trail, which runs from Scappoose to Vernonia. Additions will include kiosks, maps, signage, safety crossings and user amenities.

It all started with an idea to memorialize a friend and $6,000 to do so. After Wayne Naillon, a cycling enthusiast and trail advocate passed away in 2016, family members and friends gathered the funds in the hopes of finding a way to honor him.

“Wayne loved the CZ Trail and wanted more people to know about it, so we thought that promoting use of the trail would be a good way to memorize him,” said Dale Latham, Naillon’s friend and co-manager of the Wayne Naillon Memorial Trail Fund.

Latham and family member Marcus Iverson approached the county with the idea of using the $6,000 to improve access to the trail. That’s when Casey Garrett, the county’s General Services Manager, suggested the county apply for a grant from OPRD, which they did in May 2017. By December, the initial donation of $6,000 had turned into an approved $150,000 matching grant, with promises from the county, Oregon Equestrian Trails, and cartographer Jeff Smith partnering to provide labor and pro bono personal services. Smith was a good friend of Naillon’s and is an active advocate for biking trails in Oregon.

Much of the work will take place at the Chapman trailhead, which is located 8.5 miles west of Scappoose. A covered picnic area, bicycle rack, bicycle repair station, signage, ADA horse mount assist and an ADA-approved vault toilet will be constructed near the trailhead.

Kiosk signage for five other existing trailheads are also planned along the trail, and maps designed by Smith will be made available. Safety features include installing a flashing crossing at the intersection of Scappoose-Vernonia and Cater roads, additional safety crossing signage at other intersections with county roads, and adding milepost markers to the last seven miles of the trail.

Oregon Equestrian Trails, which has provided a significant amount of labor in other county parks, will construct the ADA horse mount, similar to the one the group built at Camp Wilkerson. The county’s Parks and Road departments will provide labor for other trail work as well as landscaping at the Chapman trailhead.

“The CZ Trail is a jewel, and we’re thrilled to be able to make it safer and more accessible, and to spread the word about this beautiful place,” said County Commissioner Margaret Magruder. “I thank the friends of Wayne Naillon for starting us on this incredible journey.”

Work will begin in spring, and is expected to last up to two years.

Approval of the grant comes at a time when the county is developing a renewed CZ Trail Advisory Committee. In 2006, the county formed an ad hoc committee to study how to develop the trail into a recreational facility for cyclists, pedestrians and equestrians. A concept plan was also drafted.

The new committee, which was formalized by county ordinance in January 2018, will focus on the goal of previous plans to connect the CZ Trail with the Banks-Vernonia Trail in Vernonia, along with related land transfers and possibly developing Camp 8 as an equestrian camp.

Columbia County commissioners believe finalizing these projects will elevate the CZ Trail and serve as a catalyst for linking to other trails in northwest Oregon such as the proposed Salmonberry Trail, which would run from Banks to the coast, and the Trees to Seas Scenic Byway along Highway 6.

The county is also joining a coalition organized by the Washington County Visitors Association to connect these bike trails and scenic byways as a way to promote visitor activity in Washington and Columbia counties out to the Oregon coast.

“We’re excited about joining this effort,” said Magruder. “Increasing visitation to smaller communities like Banks, Vernonia and Scappoose will have a positive economic impact for all of us.”

The CZ Trail is a regionally significant part of a larger trail system in northwest Oregon. The property lies along a trail constructed in the early 1800s to transport logs harvested from county forests. It was purchased by the Crown Zellerbach Corp. and converted to a road in the 1950s, and then sold to Hancock Timber Resources, which maintained the road for access and fire suppression. The corridor was purchased by Columbia County in 2004.


June 17, 2017

I took the photos of Wayne's new bench on the CZ trail that were in Dale's June 16 post and participated in the putting in of the bench on the CZ, though Lori and Marcus did the main work, I was able to field the camera, dig a few shovelfuls and hold boards. Audrey was with us the whole time, and as they worked we all regaled Lori with great and funny stories of Wayne so she felt she knew him. Lori was incredible throughout the process and is such a fantastic person. She is someone Wayne would have really appreciated and vice versa. Thank you, Lori, for this huge gift and your sensitivity and company, which are both outstanding. Not to mention your great skills handling all those tools! .

Though I had thought ahead of time it would be so hard to be there, quite the reverse was true. It was an unexpectedly amazing time as I felt Wayne gave me, us, a huge additional abiding gift that in that the place is one of the most peaceful, beautiful spots in the woods I can imagine. I felt serenity wash over me there. It was dusting us with rain as we found the spot which brightened the deep green of that forest. The bench is nestled in below some huge alders near the creek. It gave me great comfort to imagine the deep peace of those woods for Wayne, and this place I can go sit over time and know he chose this cathedral in the woods for us to return to..We felt closer than ever to Wayne there. There is good access from a road nearby so it isn't a long walk which made it so accessible for Audrey.

You can now go and sit and/or walk a long ways on that beautiful trail, now that the cement has hardened. I know Marcus will be adding a plaque on the bench. Audrey and I plan to add some trilliums, foxglose and ferns around the bench.



June 16, 2017

On Sunday June 11 we gathered at Kinship House in Wayne's neighborhood to dedicate a therapy room in Wayne's name. Kinship House provides mental health services to foster children, adopted children, and their families.  Here is their blog with pictures.  https://kinshiphouse.org/honoring-wayne-t-naillon-friend-of-the-children. Additional pictures are posted in the Photo Gallery. 

In other news, Columbia County Parks Department has placed a bench in Wayne's memory on the Crown Zellerbach Trail, near the area where Wayne died. It's about 2 miles above the County Shed Trailhead along the CZ Trail. Here are some pictures of Wayne's nephew, Marcus Iverson, and Lori Baker, of Columbia County, installing the bench. Wayne's sister Audrey joined them for the finished bench. 

Finally, many of you donated to the Wayne Naillon Trail Fund last year after his death. We currently have over $6000 in the Fund and have decided to use it to improve the CZ Trail as the first step toward completing the trail to Vernonia. Using our money as a "match," Columbia County has applied for a $150,000 state grant to improve signage and trail access. We will let you know when we find out whether our grant proposal was accepted, probably later this summer.

Best wishes,

Dale Latham


April 30, 2017  

About 35 of us met today at the Tillamook Forest Center to celebrate Wayne's birthday and dedicate a bench in his memory overlooking the Wilson River. Wayne's birthday was yesterday and close to 1st anniversary of his death. See the Picture Gallery.  To find his bench, just turn right after crossing the foot bridge that crosses the Wilson River at the Tillamook Forest Center (located about an hour west of Portland along Hwy 6). 

The Center has also created a fund in Wayne's memory dedicated to maintenance of the trails Wayne loved so much. You can donate by sending your tax deductible check to:

Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust

Attn: Ross Holloway, Executive Director

2600 State Street, Bldg B

Salem, OR 97310

Checks should be made payable to the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust and note that it is in memory of Wayne Naillon. 

Posted by Sharon Yee on 1st May 2018
Dear Wayne, I hope your are reviewing our posts,,,, our folks incl. Dale, Lori & Marcus, Virginia, Jeff S, Doug, etc.-- gathered (or posted) recently and socially on the CZ trail--at your handsome (trillium enhanced) bench (aka, Cathedral in the Woods). Sigh, I wish I were there. Thank you Dale, for your details of this outstanding, important day (Anniversary of Remembering you, Wayne) as you will remain in our soul (hearts & minds) for a long time. We pay attention to significant two-year dates, as this, smiles to you dear friend. Ps: someday your NE 15th (once home) will transform into 'Palazzo AirBnB.'
Posted by Sharon Yee on 25th August 2016
Dear Wayne: a dozen of us gathered to celebrate your Goodness last 8/14/16 on Sunday--we happily greeted Marcia & Horst, from Wichita KS (as they shared an orange chiffon Bernhard cake with us). And thanks to your Pal, Motorcycle Vi, we listened to your VM via her phone of your laughter & gratitude to her, from you last March. Your voice n' heart is with us always. Our hostesses Toni & Marcus again welcomed us well into their Nice Home, treating us to fresh crab, clam chowder soup, Sauvie Isld corn, along with our Potluck Products! Overall, we enjoyed seeing your 4 Sisters and thanks to Dale, we viewed photos of "Green Lk, CO/UT"--your camping & biking Adventure, what fun & great beauty. Be well always, dear Wayne Ps: I lucked out, receiving a "coffee mug trinket," from Dale (from you), as I appreciate it greatly, having your name on it.
Posted by Micheale Dakota on 7th June 2016
While I was not an "old" friend like many of the others on the trail building crew, you, Wayne, made me feel like one. Big booming voice, quick smile, sense of humor, and always a welcoming hug when we saw each other. Ahhhh, the memories to be shared, and the trails to be remembered. Rest easy my friend.
Posted by Sharon Yee on 6th June 2016
Dear Wayne-OH : all of us attended your Celebration two Saturdays ago--as I realized that you hovered above us, eavesdropping & smiling. We shared our favorite times with you, to others. You laughed with us (and at us), as we enjoyed our "host-venue in the forest, and Buster's brisket" (your favorite), plus 99 other tasty dishes. My past memory: in 2001 at our PIMP mtg, I brought pics as you always liked photos. Little did you know they weren't of "trails n' campouts;" as I shared my "lacerated knee." Sixteen yrs ago, I sailed from my mtn bike, ended up in Oakridge clinic, & have a 'war wound' as proof. While at your Celebration: I enjoyed meeting Jean, both Carmen's, Raven, & Pimpster Howard. We shared our joy & sorrow. Lastly, once in my car driving home, what CD reminds me of you? Karen Carpenter (both her voice & lyrics), as I sobbed n' drove; I relived all of our great moments; I miss you Wayne. We always found humor in most things. --Luv, S
Posted by Jordan Norris on 5th June 2016
I got to know Wayne while serving on the board of PUMP and NWTA. He was always so knowledgeable and caring. He was a great mentor to many people. He is missed.
Posted by Kirk Slack on 31st May 2016
I have never met anyone quite like Wayne and I feel lucky to have known him. He was an great advocate for mountain biking, and I am now learning, so much more. I will miss the Wayne banter, the big smile and the amazing heart. He was a good man and made any work party he attended brighter. As we enjoy the trails in the Tillamook, we should all remember Wayne and his enormous contribution to making them what they are. I will miss you, Buddy
Posted by Bill Wyatt on 29th May 2016
It was a privilege to provide a musical tribute to Wayne at the celebration of his life May 28th. We wanted share many of the songs and tunes that meant a lot to Wayne and to us...some bluegrass and some rock and roll favorites...some upbeat and some heartwrenching. And we share the profound loss that was felt by all. Wayne was such a remarkable person, unassuming and authentic, a quiet presence and even though his rich, deep voice could resonate throughout the room, he always made more space for you. He was deeply committed to harmonizing in this world and he practiced it in his relationships...with friends and strangers alike. The world would be a different and much better place with more Waynes in it. Although he will be forever missed, we will treasure our many memories.
Posted by Diane Baker on 28th May 2016
I worked closely with Wayne 1993-1995. He was the manager at woodstock court apts, new housing for clients with multiple challenges. He taught me so much about addiction and recovery. He treated our clients with dignity and respect. This was a pivotal time in my life as I had just gotten divorced. Wayne taught me so much about living independently. He also taught me how to overcome my many fears. I grew to love wayne very deeply. I was so happy when wayne and I became coworkers again at multnomah county. We went out to lunch and reconnected. He never turned down a cup of freshly brewed french press coffee. Wayne often commented what a good supervisor he had and how grateful he was for her. I appreciate the post from Marcia and I remember how excited he was before you came out for your annual trip to the coast in 1994. We are all so grateful that wayne was a part of our lives.
Posted by Jeff Smith on 28th May 2016
I met Wayne in 1980. An acquaintance said he was looking for a weekend fill-in person to ride herd on his foster kids. I wish I could recall the first time i met him, but i don't. However, before long Wayne would be back on Saturday night around 1, and we would scarper down to the White Eagle or other similarly seedy bar for last call. Those were good, innocent times, when the future was spread out before us, limitless. Wayne was remarkably different from anyone I'd met to that point - I was 24, had grown up on the east coast, and only been in Oregon for a few years. Wayne had tales of working the hop fields, of bear hunting, the handling and mis-handling of firearms, and many other exotic pursuits. I think I learned a lot from Wayne, though I now feel like I should have been a far better student. Not just the stories and maven-like knowledge of arcane subjects - though those were certainly worthy of attention. He was such a fundamentally decent, kind, generous and caring person who was all these things not because some outside force was telling him that was what he should be (hey, it'll look good on your eternal resume!) but because that's just who he was, to the core. There was absolutely no hint of self-sacrifice, no expectation of payback. It'd be a better world if more people were made like this. What a remarkable fellow.
Posted by Doug McMahon on 28th May 2016
I first met Wayne in 1986 when he worked at the Morrison Center inpatient treatment and I worked at De Paul, both in the same building that was the old Shriner hospital. I then ran into him at my home group a few weeks later and I quickly became his friend because of a shared love of machines, mostly anything with an engine. He was a true friend and the best social worker I have ever seen in action. He taught me so many things and I will forever hear his voice and laugh. I love you Wayne, Thanks for being my friend...
Posted by Susan Nicholas on 25th May 2016
I met Wayne when I worked trails for ODF on the Tillamook State Forest. He came to every single trail construction volunteer day we put on. He was a hoot! Known as "Tillamook Man", he always took the rock bar as his choice of trail building tool. It wasn't just that he was funny, had that fantastic deep-voiced laugh, and had that manly chest; he emanated strength of character, dependability, and kindness. It felt like he held us together on the trail. I left ODF in 2007, but I got to see Wayne one more time, in the last couple years, when I happened to be at Reheers Camp trailhead, and there he was, on yet another volunteer trail work party. I'm so glad I got that last Wayne hug. Goodbye Tillamook Man. You gave so much. I wish you didn't have to leave so soon.
Posted by Marcia Allen on 25th May 2016
To Wayne’s friends and family: I wish I could be with you on Saturday (May 28th). It would be very difficult for me to travel with a broken jaw, but I do plan to come to Portland later and meet with as many of you as possible. I want to be there to swap stories, of which there are many. Wayne liked stories too and many of you are fortunate that my memory isn’t what it used to be, because there were some good ones about all of you. How can I find words to describe the Wayne Naillon I have been close to for 40 years? When I was thinking about what to say, I realized that he has had many close friends for at least that long or more. And that says something about Wayne. He cherished his friends and was always joyful to be with them because they brought comfort and a sense of belonging to his life. Wayne and I first knew each other when he had his group home and I was the social worker for the home. We laughed and cried with those kids. I remember one of Wayne's favorite sayings when a kid came home late: " I know. I know. Your tennis shoes went flat." I loved his marvelous sense of humor and irreverent way of looking at the world. Of course, caring for others was Wayne’s life. Not just the foster kids, but the homeless, the seriously mentally ill, those with addictions—and others who most of the world ignored. He had some great stories there too. Later, Wayne and I did many things together: We went to the beach—a lot. After I left Portland in 1989, I would try to come back at least once a year so we could make a pilgrimage. Wayne loved Oceanside. The Cranberry Festival in Bandon with little round red balls of children dressed like cranberries was a highlight. We traveled around the Pacific Northwest so he could show me his favorite places: Mt. Rainier, the Olympic Peninsula, the San Juans, Vancouver Island, and, of course, his childhood towns of Washougal and Yakima. And there were the forests and trails where he felt most at home. I thank him for teaching me about those places. To reciprocate, I took him with me to Washington D.C when I went on a business trip. He particularly liked coming up out of the subway at the Smithsonian and seeing topless females playing soccer on the Mall. Gave him a new perspective about D.C. He taught me other stuff too: More than I ever wanted to know about cars, bicycles, trails, trees and a variety of odds and ends. I called them mini-lectures. They were not discussions. I must say I didn’t retain much from some of them, but Wayne did appear to be knowledgeable. If he loved something, he learned about it. After I left Portland, we talked on the phone and e-mailed. He hated the phone and mostly refused to answer it. I rarely got him to pick up when I called but he did call back when he was able to overcome his loathing of the instrument. I’m so grateful that Wayne had friends and family like you. I truly wish he’d have allowed some of us to be there for him at the end. But, true to form, he protected us from his suffering. I miss him terribly. I want to call my best friend to give me solace about Wayne’s death. But Wayne was my best friend.
Posted by Diona Wagoner on 25th May 2016
My parents raised us that there was always room for one more guest around the Holiday table. My sister Marilyn Latham blessed my family by introducing us to Wayne and he fit right in with the rest of us. He always gave the BEST hugs and his laugh filled the room. I am so happy that his life's path crossed mine. He got to watch my kids grow up and then he loved laughing at our two granddaughters shenanigans! Thank you for enriching our lives Wayne! We are better people because we knew and loved you! See you soon! Diona
Posted by Donna Green on 24th May 2016
Wayne generously volunteered his time on the City of Portland's Senior Strolls program. He was appropriately known as our "Ambassador of Love," which fit him well. All the seniors loved him. His big, warm smile and genuine laugh will be sorely missed.
Posted by Caron Kepic on 24th May 2016
I have worked with him for around 2 years now he covered me while my husband died,and did a great job with all my mental health clients. No one on this planet knew more about a@d than Wayne. I know we will see each other again. He liked to ware carharts clothes so did my husband I miss him very much and to know how he helped folks out was just the guy he was. God bless his family see you all on Saturday I live out that way as well.
Posted by Brenda Kemple-Richards on 23rd May 2016
I met Wayne at the county as I was the team captain of the BTA here at the multnomah County Lincoln building. His warm smile and his personality was a sense of positive energy that I always felt good to be around him. I realized he was the uncle of a friend of mine from High school (Carmen Naillon ) and I felt even more connected to him. His positive energy and his smile will live on in my memories forever. It was a sad day when I found he was no longer with us. We lost a good soul that day..... He will be forever missed. Keep riding into the sunset... We will meet up on one of the trails again --one day...Hugs to you in Heaven Wayne.. .. Brenda Kemple-Richards 05-23-16
Posted by Sharon Yee on 23rd May 2016
Dear Wayne: I am grateful for your written journal--as it is shared & read carefully, fully. You provided sincere details, wit, and descriptions of how good (and bad) life is. I especially enjoyed your Cycling Adventures thru 2000's, as the "best rides of your life." This brought me tears (both happy & sad). Overall, you provided us with an understanding of all that you endured medically & mentally. Ps: I know nothing of our 'spiritual world', yet you are with family & friends in true peace. Huggs always, my dear Wayne.
Posted by Dale Latham on 22nd May 2016
Wayne, I miss you so much. But I will always remember with great joy the times we spent road cycling in the mid 90's and early 00's. Cycle Oregon. Yosemite. The San Juans. Trout Lake. And countless training rides in the Willamette Valley and Cascades. Those were some of the best times of my life. When I look back at the pictures of us and our circle of friends, all I can remember is how happy and healthy we all were. We slowed done after that but our friendship continued to grow. You were there for me when I hit bottom in 2011 and helped me find a level of personal happiness that I know will last the rest of my life. And I am just one of so many you helped in your 66 years. I'll always miss you buddy. Love, Dale
Posted by Janis McDonald on 21st May 2016
Wayne always had a hug for a friend. And wanted to know how your life was going - asking from the heart. Such a kind, gentle, giving person. I am honored to have had him as a friend.
Posted by Sharon Yee on 19th May 2016
Anytime that Wayne found "another friendly, shared laughter," he loved it (and us). I cannot describe how warm n' rich Wayne's hardy (sincere) baritone laugher (and humor) was,,,,and still is, in my heart n' mind. I will never forget you dear friend. I Luv You.

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