Karen Sue Callin
1946 - 2021
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Karen Sue Callin
Oct. 24, 1946 - Feb. 5, 2021
Karen Sue Callin passed into the arms of God, Feb. 5, 2021 after a three year long battle with ovarian cancer. She was born Karen Sue Dunlap in Sacramento, Calif., Oct. 24, 1946 to Argus and Helen Dunlap. Karen was the second of four children. The family lived in Sacramento, Roseville, and Ben Lomond, Calif., before resettling in Roseville when Karen was 12. While at Sierra College in 1966 Karen was introduced to Tom Callin by friends at a party in Berkeley. It was love on the first date and they were married the following year in 1967.
After they were married, the couple moved to Laurel, Md., where Tom was employed by NSA and Karen was employed by Arbitron doing television surveys. In 1968 Tom enlisted in Officer Training School for the U.S. Air Force. Upon commissioning, Tom was stationed at Mather AFB near Sacramento for training. Karen and Tom were blessed with daughter Christina Lynn in November, 1969. Upon completion of training the couple moved to Barksdale AFB near Shreveport, La. In the spring of 1973 Karen and Tom had a son, Sean Matthew. In December of that year Tom exited the Air Force and the Callin's moved back to California. While Karen was a stay at home mom Tom managed various restaurants in the Sacramento area. In 1976 Tom moved to Portland to open a restaurant called The Rafters at Sellwood Bridge. Karen and the kids soon followed to join Tom where they have lived ever since.
Karen became a career woman again in January of 1979 starting as Receptionist at Kentrox Industries while Tom went to work for Frito-Lay and studied nights for his M.B.A. Karen was soon promoted to Executive Secretary then transferred into Human Resources. Promotions came quickly for her to HR Manager, then HR Director as the company was first acquired by Plantronics, then ADC Telecommunications. During this time Karen studied nights and earned her B.A. from Linfield College in 1993 and became the first in her Dunlap family to graduate from college. When she retired in 1999 to be available for the birth of her first grandchild, Lucy Price, Karen was responsible for Kentrox on the site now occupied by Columbia Sportswear, an ADC division in Laconia, N.H., and ADC divisions in Chatsworth and San Mateo, Calif.
Husband Tom retired from Frito-Lay the following year and the couple's sense of adventure took them on numerous trips all over Europe, South America, Australia and New Zealand, as well as Canada and the U.S. Karen thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful life she lived and had no regrets at the end.
Karen was both a leader and a joiner and cultivated countless friendships through her infectious charm, sense of humor, wisdom, and moral compass. Friends and family relied heavily on her wise counsel, but remember her as much for her sense of humor, radiant smile, and laugh.
Karen particularly loved cooking and entertaining, reading, gardening, knitting, bridge, Pilates, traveling and golf which allowed her to enjoy socializing with hundreds of friends. Special among those friends were the Saturday Night Surprise Club, Les Six Amis, the Birthday Group, Christ Church Meet and Eat group, the Gulping Gourmets, the PM Divas Book Club, BWE Bunco Babes, Julie's Pilates Gals, Executive Women's Golf, and Chapter E of P.E.O. where she held many offices over the years. Karen and Tom have been active members of Christ United Methodist Church in Cedar Mill since 1978.
Karen was preceded in death by her father, Argus Dunlap (1996); mother, Helen Dunlap (2003); younger brother, David Dunlap (2014); and older sister, Barbara Baum (2017). Karen is survived by younger brother, Rodney Dunlap; her husband, Tom Callin; daughter, Christina Price (Kelly); son, Sean Callin; and grandchildren, Lucy Price, Micki Price, Nicolas Callin, and Jack Callin.
Remembrances to honor Karen may be donated to Knight Cancer Institute where she received her cancer treatment.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions a celebration of Karen's life will be held at a later date.
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Published in The Oregonian from Feb. 16 to Feb. 21, 2021.
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February 23, 2021
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Valerie and Dwight Hirsh
February 23, 2021
Her smile says it all; she was kind, generous, funny, smart, savvy, gregarious and loving. We will always cherish our travels together; she made us laugh when things got stressed and was always eager for our next adventure. She will always be on the top of my prayer list. May God bless Tom and her family.
George & Linda Vaio
Friend
February 23, 2021
May the love of friends and family give you strength and your memories be with you every day. She was a beautiful person and I will always cherish our memories of times spent together.
Linda & George Vaio
Friend
February 22, 2021
Karen was one of my closest friends over the last 58 years. She was a wonderful wife, mother, sister and friend. She was a strong Christian, smart, quick, humble, kind, compassionate, generous, funny and just the loveliest human being. She was a wonderful example of living with purpose and her eyes were always on someone else, who needed help. I still cannot believe she is gone, but I am hugely comforted knowing he is the presence of God.
RANDY BOWERS
Friend
February 22, 2021
Karen and I shared something very special together as biological grandmothers of our 2 now grown granddaughters; she as their mom’s mother and myself as their father’s mother.
She will be greatly missed.
Miriam Beck
Family
February 22, 2021
We will always remember Karen’s spirit and love of life. We were blessed to have so many wonderful memories, her smile, her wit, and sense of humor. Playing Bridge with Karen and Tom was always fun and full of laughter even though Tom always got the best cards. Karen’s first love was Tom and her family. She talked about her children and grandchildren with such joy. Mike and I will miss Karen. Our love and prayers go out to Tom and the family.
Mike and Carol Royce
Friend
February 21, 2021
Karen was a beautiful accomplished woman. Her life and the love she
had for Tom and her family were great examples to us all. I will miss
that sweet smile and the little twinkle she would get in her eyes when she laughed, which she did a lot. Heaven is blessed to have her. Lana Benish
Lana Benish
Friend
February 20, 2021
My heart and prayers are with the Callin family. Karen was one of the kindest souls I had the privilege of knowing. My first meeting with Karen was when Sean was in my Marketing class at Sunset and then when I become a PEO. It was an honor to work with and learn from Karen over the past years as she was dedicated to helping young women pursue their education. She will be missed and held as a treasure to all of us.
Sherri Sollars-Tullier
Friend
February 19, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
The first time I met both you and Karen I felt your love and friendship and loved you both. Karen holds a special place in my heart and I will cherish her memory. May God wrap his arms around you and your family to give comfort. May your memories help ease the pain . God Bless. Cathryn Warmerdam
Cathryn Warmerdam
Friend
February 18, 2021
Condolences to the Callin family. Christie I remember your mother well growing up, she always seemed so glamorous to me! My dad also loved gardening, here he is in 1995 with the giant basil plants outside our house in Portland
Laura Pascarelli
Friend
February 18, 2021
Dear Tom and family,
We loved Karen and miss her terribly. We will never forget our kind, sweet, intelligent, and beautiful friend who was a fabulous cook and could hit a golf ball a mile. She handled everything with grace and peace; lessons for a lifetime. Our 35 year old Meet and Eat group at Christ United Methodist Church will be missing her at our table but not forgotten. She took a part of my heart with her.
Kathie & Mike Tourijigian
Friend
February 18, 2021
Graciously radiant.
Allan & Faye Zimmer
Friend
February 17, 2021
My beautiful friend, loved by all who knew her, was kind, intelligent, sweet, exciting and so much more. Karen was an amazing mother who loved her family deeply. I will forever miss you, sweet lady.
Sue McCauley
Friend
February 17, 2021
Karen was a deeply treasured party of our family. Our children thought of her as a special adopted aunt. Her love and warmth will be with us forever. We feel a devastating loss to not have her with us. Many memories of 45 years will have to fill the void in the future. We love you Karen!
Mike and Karen Durbin and family
Friend
February 17, 2021
Hi Callin Family,
Shirley was happy to know Karen. She (we) enjoyed a few restaurant dinners with her.
Bud was always happy to have Karen as a teammate at the SAPS Salishan tournament. She was fun & a good golfer.
And, it was also enjoyable setting on the beach at night with a fire, wine & listening to old time rock n roll tapes,
Bud & Shirley Majest
Friend
February 17, 2021
Cecilia and Lon Owen were blessed to be friends of Karen for over 60 years, beginning after she moved to Roseville in 1958. We introduced her to Tom in 1966. Recently, she guided our granddaughter to a PEO scholarship for college last year, just one example of her caring outreach. She was our best friend, true friend, and we miss her.
Lon Owen
Friend
February 16, 2021
Tom, So sorry to hear about Karen. I enjoyed waiting on her at my employment at Bales. She was a breath of fresh air to talk to. I will miss her smile. Sincerely, Ralph Giannini at Market of Choice. Candle lit for you family,
Ralph Giannini
Friend
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