Walterville man's 100th birthday: 'He doesn't let anything slow him down'

WALTERVILLE, Ore. --  Living to be one hundred years old is an accomplishment in itself.

However, one Walterville man who turned 100 on Saturday still spends his days chopping wood and riding ATV's - just business as usual. 

Carrol D. Fountain, a Walterville native, spent his younger years as a logger and a rancher.

Growing into his later years, some of those habits have stuck around. As his granddaughter Tiffany puts it,  he never truly retired. 

She said that Carrol is still raising cattle, riding around on his ATV, hauling wood, tending to his orchards, grapes, gardens and entertaining numerous great-grandchildren on the hill he was born on. 

On Saturday, nearly a hundred of Carrol's friends and family members filled Aunt Dingy's restaurant in Walterville to celebrate his 100th birthday.

Linda Fountain, one of Carrol's relatives said that family has always been a huge part of his life.

"He's the greatest guy ever … a man among men," said Fountain. "He's very well read, very scholarly… one of the best friends I ever had."

Jennifer Campbell, Carrol's daughter-in-law, told KVAL News that the whole family holds him close to their hearts. 

"He doesn't let anything slow him down. Chopping wood, riding his quad every day!" Campbell said.

When asked how he felt about turning 100, Carrol said that he was just happy to see all of his friends and family show up.
     
Happy 100th, Carrol!


Tiffany Haugen shared this story about her grandfather Carrol D. Fountain, who was born 100 years ago Saturday in Walterville, Oregon.

WALTERVILLE, Ore. - Carrol D. Fountain was born the 7th child of John and Salinda Fountain on January 19, 1913, in Walterville, Oregon.

A 2nd generation Oregonian, he was a big baby, weighing in at 13 pounds. His chubby cheeks and long strawberry-blonde curls even earned him 1st place in Lane County's Beautiful Baby Contest.

Brothers Lee, Irvin and Jack and sisters Bess, Mary and Edna composed his older siblings.  

Carol attended the old Deerhorn School and graduated from Springfield High School. Baseball motivated him to go to school and he was well known for his quick pitching arm. 

Breaking horses was another one of Carrol's talents and he spent his young adult years in Drewsey, Oregon as a buckaroo.

In May 1935 he married Ethel Currant and started a family. Three sons Dick, Mike and Tom and daughter Pam completed his family.

Carrol spent his working years as a logger and rancher.  

Carrol has never truly retired, as he is still raising cattle. He worked with horses into his 90s and hunted almost every deer season until just a few years ago. 

Carrol continues to be very active riding around on his ATV, hauling wood (still using a chainsaw), tending to his orchards, grapes, gardens and entertaining numerous great-grandchildren on the hill he was born on.

Two Australian shepherds, Sophie and Kitt, remain loyally at Carrol's side, whether he is doing chores or relaxing in front of the wood stove.