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Obituaries for July 20, 2011
Thomas Grant Thomason, 84, of Baker City died Friday, July 15, 2011, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City.
A celebration of his is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 13 at Community Connection, 2810 Cedar St.
Thomas was born on Aug. 13, 1926, at Goodrich, Idaho, to Lester J. and Ethel D. Hunt Thomason. He graduated from high school in 1944 and then joined the U.S. Navy where he served as a boiler tech.
Thomas married Lucille Longfellow on June 1, 1947, at Council, Idaho. They were married for 64 years, during which time Thomas became the proud father of four sons.
He was a diesel mechanic for 46 years and worked for Adams County, McGregor Triangle, Boise Kenworth and was the business owner of T&L Service in Baker City. He retired in 1991.
Thomas enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with his sons, square dancing, traveling in his RV, making mechanical repairs on old cars and driving his 1931 Model A. His grandchildren enjoyed eating homemade ice cream with him.
Thomas was an active participant with Senior Inc., Community Connection, Meals on Wheels, the International Order of Odd Fellows & Rebecca Lodge and the Elkhorn Swingers.
Survivors include his wife, Lucille; sons, Larry, and his wife, Lori, of Boise, Thomas Jr. and his wife, Shirley, and Lester Thomason of Baker City and his wife, Barb Pena, of Milwaukie; 16 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren, with one more on the way in December.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Terry Lee; a brother, Howard; a sister, Betty Lou Dryer; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Connection or Seniors Inc. or the charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
Martha M. Hill, 75, of Baker City, died July 14, 2011, at Baker City.
Visitations will be from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Her graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Lennie Spooner will officiate.
Martha was born on Nov. 8, 1935, at Hermiston to Merle and Beatrice Fletcher. She was a 1952 North Powder High School graduate and attended business school at Salem.
She married Donald Hill on Nov. 26, 1954, and moved to the family ranch on Old Wingville Road where she happily spent the remainder of her life.
Martha spent most of her adult life working on the family ranch with her husband, Don, and also many years at Ellingson Lumber Co.
She will always be remembered as the family cornerstone with sincere love and commitment to everyone, her family said. She enjoyed many outdoor activities such as gardening, camping, and boating, but will be remembered most for her beautiful flowers around the family home, her wonderful cooking, and her endless support for her children and grandchildren.
Martha sincerely loved spending time with her family, especially around the holidays and attending her grandchildren’s school and athletic events.
Survivors include her sons, Larry, and his wife, Lorrie, and Elmer and his wife, Sheila, both of Baker City; daughter, Donna Bunch, and her husband, Tom, of Baker City; brother, David Fletcher, and his wife, Deanna, of Oregon City; sisters, LaVerna Harrington and her husband, Chet, of Lake Oswego and Patsy Job of Florence, Mont.; grandchildren, Theresa Abordonado, and her husband, Avory, and Rachel, Reggie, Kristen, and Shelby Hill and Matt and Mark Bunch.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Don, of 48 years; her parents; and two granddaughters.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.