|Copied with permission from "From Whence Came the Colebanks",
p.224, by Warren Colebank, copyright 1989,.
|PETER COLEBANK, father of
JAMES COALBANK, father of
JAMES DAVID COLEBANK, father of
ELLET COLEBANK, father of
ROBERT LINCOLN COLEBANK, father of
Lynn Morris Colebank was the fourth son born to Robert "Rob" L. and Esther
Nasman Colebank. He was born February 1, 1938 on their farm in
Woodside Township, Polk County in northern Minnesota, about 8 miles from
Mentor. Lynn's dad had an uncle in Kansas named Morris Colebank after
whom he was named. Lynn's parents met with hard times during the Great
Depression of the 1930s. They eventually lost their farm. Rob had lived in
Portland, Oregon for several years before he was married so they decided to
move to Oregon. It was in August of 1939 that why loaded their personal
belongings into a trailer, hitched it to their 135 Ford and headed for Oregon.
Lynn was only 17 months old when they began their westward journey.
Lynn grew up in Tygard, Oregon on his parent's small acreage where they
raised a garden and a few farm animals. (Tigard is a suburb of Portland
now but it was then a separate little town in the country). Lynn attended
elementary and high school there. Lynn went on to Portland State University
where he studied civil engineering.
On July 20, 1961, at age 23, Lynn married Barbara Amstutz, a resident of
Gresham, Oregon, now a suburb of Portland as well. They were married in
Vancouver, Washington. Barbara was born July 30, 1938 in Portland to
Theodore E. and Freidie Brunner Amstutz. She attended high school in
Gresham and then went on to Lewis & Clark College where she majored in
After their marriage, Lynn and Barbara lived in several small towns in
western Oregon as Lynn followed his civil engineering assignments with
various Oregon state agencies. Barbara taught in the primary grades of
public schools in Portland, Milwaukee, Salem and Oakland, Oregon. Lynn's
hobby is antique cars and Barbara's is horses.
Both of Lynn and Barbara's children graduated from Oregon State, their
dad's alma mater. Doran majored in mathematics and Wendy in journalism.
The children of Lynn Morris Colebank and Barbara E. Amstutz Colebank are:
Doran Lynn Colebank - born November 20, 1963 in Salem, Oregon
Wendy Lea Colebank - born May 12, 1965 in Salem, Oregon.