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Community leader dies at 90 – Red Bluff Daily News

Community leader dies at 90 – Red Bluff Daily News

Ralph and Joanne Ehorn. Ralph Ehorn died July 1 at the age of 90. He was an active community member and photographer. He loved Red Bluff and Tehama County. (Contributor)

RED BLUFF—Ralph W. Ehorn loved Tehama County and demonstrated this throughout his life through his actions supporting the county and its residents.

Ehorn, 90, died July 1 after living a full life personally and professionally. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. July 18 at Highpoint Church on Luther Road in Red Bluff.

Ehorn was born and raised in Tehama County. He attended Red Bluff Elementary School, graduated from Red Bluff High School in 1952 and attended Shasta College.

In addition to being a husband to his wife of 64 years, Joanne, and father to children David and Tanya, he was a respected business owner, community leader and volunteer.

He enjoyed photographing thousands of local weddings, taking countless portraits of Tehama County high school seniors, and capturing countless images for local youth sports. He also served as Red Bluff’s photo historian and created a photography museum.

In the press release regarding his death, it was stated that he lived a busy and productive life.

Ehorn served on the Tehama County Grand Jury. He was also the Founding President of Sunrise Rotary, one of its original founders. He and others created the Historic Homes tour in downtown Red Bluff.

He helped start “Project Last Chance,” a prison tour program for Red Bluff youth. He also served as President of the Red Bluff Downtown Merchants Association. He and his wife, Joanne, were Grand Marshals of the 2013 downtown Christmas Parade.

He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce tourism committee and was on the Board of Directors. He also served on the Tehama County Arts Council Board of Directors.

Ehorn considered himself the town greeter when he and Joanne co-owned Ehorn’s Antiques and More on Main Street in downtown Red Bluff. For 12 years, he greeted people from all over the world from his chair at the front of the store and entertained them with his infectious smile and delightful sense of humor.

Ehorn’s friends and family said he loved people and cared deeply about his family. He was an advocate for youth and troubled youth in particular. He also bought food for homeless dogs and the occasional sleeping bag for a shivering homeless person.

According to an August 1993 Rotary post, Ehorn was a native of Red Bluff and a product of his schools, described as an avid photographer since his teenage years. After taking photography classes during his studies at Shasta College, he began his career as a darkroom technician at Bayles Studio in Red Bluff. He studied under Seattle’s Wai Lui and classic portrait photographer Joe Ziltsman.

According to Rotary writings, Ehorn opened his own studio, Ehorn’s Natural Photography, in 1979. His work earned him widespread recognition and numerous local, regional and national awards. His photographs were published in many auto and vintage car collector magazines. He traveled all over the state photographing vintage vehicles.

In his private life, he was described as a religious man and a devoted member of the Highpoint Fellowship. He was a tinkerer and artist who enjoyed painting, collecting odd pieces, and creating garden art from useful objects that caught his eye.

He enjoyed flower gardening. He also enjoyed his koi pond until the herons ate them. He enjoyed collecting historic photographs of Red Bluff. He enjoyed restoring old vehicles.

Ehorn also had a deep respect for Native American artifacts. He treasured the time he spent with his family at the Ehorn cabin on Tom Head Mountain. He was an animal lover who adored his many dogs.

His family and friends say they will miss him because of the many lives he touched in this community.