Jesse Hillyer of Waldport, 67, has passed away after a brief battle with cancer.

Jesse was born April 22, 1946 to Ed Hillyer and Lois Lowery in Woodburn. He graduated from North Salem High School in 1964. He joined the Marines  in 1966 and served in the Vietnam War.

Jesse worked over the span of more than 40 years In the paper mill industry, starting as a millwright for Boise Cascade in Salem and working his way up to the Maintenance Superintendent for Georgia Pacific in Halsey, where he retired in 2010.

Hillyer was an avid fisherman and had settled on the Alsea River where he enjoyed fishing and crabbing with his family and friends. He was an active leader in the Central Coast chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association where his mission was to be an advocate for salmon, steelhead and other fish. He worked for conservation of aII marine resources for future generations.

Jesse is survived by his father Ed Hillyer of Salem, stepfather and mother Frank and Lois Jurgens of Waldport, three children — son Aaron and his wife Michelle Pearson (Vancouver), daughters Susan (Doug) Revis (Keizer) and Heidi Lakey (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho). Jesse Is also survived by his eight grandchildren: Justin, Drew, Brie, Tyler, Chantz, Garrett, Zach and Zoey.

Jesse is also survived by brothers Dale and Karen Hillyer of Salem, Leo and Reyne Hillyer of Aurora and Chuck and Keisha Glasscock of Alabama, sisters Corinna (Ronald) Davis of Alabama, and Tammy Glasscock, also of Alabama. Jesse is also survived by his many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and many close friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 15 at 1 p.m. at Virgil T Golden Funeral Service. There will be a reception to follow at the funeral home.

Any memorial contributions can be made to the Coastal Conservation Association or the American Kidney Cancer Association.