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Obituaries for Aug. 14, 2013

Jim Breen

Baker City, 1947-2013

Franklin James “Jim” Breen, 66, of Baker City, died Aug. 5, 2013, at Evergreen Hospice Center in Kirkland, Wash.

A celebration of his life will be on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 4 p.m. at Quail Ridge Golf Course, 2801 Indiana Ave., in Baker City. His life will also be honored on Friday, Aug. 30, at the Methodist Church in Bridger, Mont., at 11 a.m. followed by a reception at the Bridger Senior Center. 

Franklin James Breen was born on March 6, 1947, at Sheridan, Wyo., the son of John E. “Jack” Breen and Mary Ann Breen Astrope. He attended grade school in Billings then moved to Bridger. He graduated from Bridger High School in 1967 as president of his class and also student body president. He attended Northern Montana College for two years before joining the Marine Corps Reserve.

Jim worked for 33 years in railway maintenance in Montana, Washington and Wyoming. In 2002 he retired after 14 years as road master for BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) and moved to Baker City in 2006. Jim shared his smile and great sense of humor readily, with a natural ability to remember and interact with people. 

Talented musically, he played the guitar and could often be heard singing or humming, especially country songs. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping throughout his life, but his first recreational love was golf, and he spent countless hours on various courses where he developed many valued friendships. Golf buddies often commented on “Breener’s” admirable swing. 

Jim’s first love and priority was always his family. High school sweethearts, he married Penny Steffan on July 25, 1970, and they were blessed with three children, Jami, Jennifer and Jay. He dearly loved his eight grandchildren and was proud to have one great-granddaughter.

Jim was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in March of 2013 and remained hopeful throughout the following months as he fought a valiant battle against the cancer. After sharing last goodbyes with his family and reassuring them of eternal life, Jim departed this life in the serene surroundings of Evergreen Hospice Care Center in Kirkland, Wash.

Survivors include his wife, Penny; his daughters, Jami (Eric) Wollan of Mount Lake Terrace, Wash., and Jennifer Luchi of Baker City; his son, Jay (Naomi) Breen of Sandy; his grandchildren: Michael and Macy Wollan, Alexus and Adrianna Luchi, Jahlee Troyer, Penelope, Mia and Cole Breen; his great-granddaughter, Carley Sheldon; his sisters, Judi (Gary) Taylor of Wheatland, Wyo., Shirley Miller of Fromberg, Mont., and Bonnie Scarbro of Great Falls, Mont.; his brother, Chris Johnson of Missoula, Mont. Jim was loved by numerous sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews as well.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Micki Sticka.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a hospice service or charity of one’s choice.

Terri Bothwell

Formerly Baker City

Terri Bothwell, a 1977 graduate of Baker High School, died July 15, 2013, at her home in Portland after a courageous two-year battle with ovarian cancer.

She was with her mother and husband when she passed.

There will be a family gathering at the end of August. 

Terri attended Eastern Oregon University at La Grande, graduated from Bowling Green University in Ohio and received her master’s degree from Portland State. She taught school in Chicago and Los Angeles before returning to Portland to teach. 

She was assistant principal at several elementary schools in Gresham and was principal of Highland Elementary School when her cancer was diagnosed. She touched many children’s lives during her career.

Survivors include her husband, Gregg Pellegrini of Portland; her mother, Carole, of Gresham; her sister, Sherry, of Baker City; her niece, Alyssa, and nephew, Kyle; her brother, Christopher, and his wife, Maria, of Ecuador, and nephew, Jove; her beloved dog, Roscoe; and many friends and coworkers who have been by her side through all of this.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research at OHSU or the Oregon Humane Society in Portland.

Trudy Lien

Formerly Baker City, 1923-2013

Trudy Lien, 90, died on Aug. 11, 2013, in La Grande.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ontario with Pastor James Aalgaard officiating. Her graveside service will be afterward at Evergreen Cemetery.

Trudy was born on Nov. 6, 1922, at Mason City, Iowa, to Ole and Laura Gregerson, both immigrants from Norway. She spent most of her life in Mason City and met Darold Lien after finishing school. They were married on Nov. 1, 1941. They had one son, Dennis, born on Jan. 18, 1944.

Trudy’s father took a defense job in Boise and loved the area as well as the weather. Darold and Trudy moved to join him in Boise in 1950. Darold’s work eventually took him to Ontario.

Trudy loved Ontario and made many, close friends. She worked for many years at the Vogue dress shop, and later opened her home to child care. 

She learned tole painting and decorative art and began to teach others out of an art studio in her basement. She continued taking classes for herself to expand her knowledge of folk art. 

She studied under Master Artist Jo Sonja Jensen at Redland, Calif. Tole painting became Trudy’s true talent and she went to many artist conventions and studied with several famous artists, who also published the tole books Trudy used in her own studio, the Strawberry Cellar.

During the summer, Trudy and Darold traveled throughout the Northwest to display and sell her art at craft shows. Darold spent countless hours in his woodshop cutting the boards for Trudy to paint. Trudy and Darold enjoyed spending time away camping and fishing at their property in Cascade, Idaho. 

Darold died in February 1993. Trudy’s son, Dennis, died in July 2003.

Trudy met her friend and companion of many years, Ron Marlow, who died in January 2012. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Arnold and Oliver Gregerson; and her sister, Clarice Pfaltzgraff.

Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Diana Lien of Salem; her grandson, Donald Lien and his wife, Angie, of Albany; her grandson, Douglas Lien and his wife, Lori, of Baker City; granddaughter, DeAnn Lien of Salem; great-grandchildren include Meghan, Jayce and Camryn of Albany, and Hannah, Eli, and Noah of Baker City; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church in care of Lienkaemper Chapel, P.O. Box 970, Ontario, OR 97914. Condolences to the family at www.lienkaemper-thomason.com.

Lawrence Johnson

Baker City, 1930-2013

Lawrence Homer Johnson, 83, of Baker City, died Aug. 4, 2013, at his home with his longtime friends, Mike and Linda Cowen, who cared for him for the past 20-plus years.

In lieu of a memorial service, the family will have a private gathering with close friends at a later date.

Lawrence was born on March 16, 1930, at Versailles, Ill., to Arthur and Iva B. (Surratt) Johnson.

He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1947 and was stationed in Oklahoma near the town of Aline, where he met and married


Juanita Zudora Shippy, who lived at Aline. They traveled the U.S. and Europe and finally settled at Haines in 1967.

A short time after moving to Haines, Lawrence started his career working for the Oregon Department of Transportation where he worked for a few years until he started logging.

After he became disabled in 1981, the couple moved to Baker City. After battling many years of health issues, he moved to an assisted living home on Schoolhouse Road near Haines where he spent the remaining years of his life with close friends and caregivers, Mick and Linda Cowen.

He loved hunting and spending time with his sons in the Elkhorn Mountains, especially the areas of Muddy Creek and the North Fork of the Powder River.

Survivors  include three daughters, Sue Olsen and her husband, Steve, of Baker City, Pam Donicht and her husband, Mike, of Baker City, and Brenda Chandler and her husband, Daren, of La Grande; four sons, Larry Johnson and his wife, Barbara, of Baker City, Ron Johnson of Tigard, Mitchel Johnson and his wife, Lisa, of Baker City, and Scott Johnson and his wife, Veronica, of Baker City; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Iva B. Rigger (Surratt); his father, Arthur Johnson; his stepfather, Truman A. Rigor; his wife, Juanita Johnson (Shippy); and his oldest son, Truman Johnson.

Memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Association through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Fran’ Rode

Formerly Baker City, 1923-2013

 Juanita Frances “Fran” Rode, 90, a former longtime Baker City resident, died Aug. 9, 2013, at Pueblo, Colo.

There will be a private graveside service on Friday, Aug. 16. A reception to celebrate Fran’s life will be at 6 o’clock that evening at the Sunridge Inn in Baker City.

Fran was born on April 21, 1923, at Dallas, Texas, to Lewis and Velma Toan. She was raised at Dallas. After graduating from high school, she attended Texas Women’s University at Denton, Texas.  In 1944 she met Robert “Boots” Rode at a dance while he was in the Navy and stationed at Dallas. They were married in 1945 and moved to Baker City, where they lived for 60 years and raised their family.

Fran’s passions were golf, playing bridge, reading, and her family.  She loved watching her sons’ sporting activities when they were growing up in Baker City. Her favorite pastime was playing golf with her sons, her friends, and her father, “Big Lew.” Fran and Boots had many friends in Baker City during a postwar era when dressing up, dining, dancing and going to parties with friends was a way of life.    

Fran moved to Pueblo in 2003 to be closer to her family. In the later stages of her life, she was fortunate and blessed to have some of the best caregivers any family could possibly hope for. 

The family extends special thanks to Kathy Aguero, Grace Aguero, Theresa Diaz, Mary Garcia, Rosie Lucero, Marty Mondragon, Lori Naranjo, and Kathy Romero, all of whom they are eternally grateful for. Family members also expressed their appreciation to Sharmar Village and its staff for the wonderful care they provided for Fran, and to hospice for her care in her final days.

Survivors include her brother, Fred (Barbara) Toan of Dallas; her three sons and their wives, Bob (Mary Ann Rode) of Boise, Tim (Katherine) Rode of Pueblo and Greg (Gretchen) Rode of Pueblo; and her grandchildren, Kelsey Rode, Ben Rode, Hannah Rode, Tyler Rode, Kurt Rode and Carly Rode.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and Velma Toan; and her husband, Robert “Boots” Rode, who died in 1998. 

 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Disease Research through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Bill’ Balfour

Baker City, 1930-2013

William B. “Bill” Balfour, 80, a longtime Baker City resident, died Aug. 9, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Care Center.

His graveside memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Baker City Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct the service with military rites accorded by the Oregon National Guard Honor Guard.

 Mr. Balfour was born on March 21, 1933, at Ogden, Utah, to  William H. and Mildred Bryson Balfour.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.

 Mr. Balfour worked for Burnt River Lumber Co.  for many years as a loader operator. He also worked for the U.S. Forest Service on the road crew for a time.

 He married Louise Whitlatch Robinson; she preceded him in death.

He was very active in the VFW Club where he had served as a past post commander. Mr. Balfour’s main hobby was gold mining and panning.

Survivors include his family, John and Lorrie Balfour of the Philippines; Lorrie Perkins of Myton, Utah; a daughter, Carla, and sister-in-law Margaret Balfour of Baker City; stepchildren, Darlene Featherstone of Omaha, Neb., John and Connie Robinson of Baker City, and Mike and Tammy Robinson of Waldport; numerous grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Cancer Research Fund, through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR  97814.


Obituaries for Aug. 12, 2013

Lawrence Johnson

Baker City, 1930-2013

Lawrence Homer Johnson, 83, of Baker City, died Aug. 4, 2013, at his home with his longtime friends, Mike and Linda Cowen, who cared for him for the past 20-plus years.

In lieu of a memorial service, the family will have a private gathering with close friends at a later date.

Lawrence was born on March 16, 1930, at Versailles, Ill., to Arthur and Iva B. (Surratt) Johnson.

Obituaries for Aug. 9, 2013

Gerald ‘Jerry’ Morelock Jr.

Ontario, 1955-2013

Gerald LeRoy “Jerry” Morelock Jr., of Ontario, a former Baker City teacher, died Aug. 3, 2013, at Boise surrounded by his family.

“He went to be with his redeemer, Jesus Christ, after fighting a courageous seven-year battle of multiple myeloma,” family members said. “He is now pain-free and dancing in heaven.”

There will be a viewing from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel in Payette, Idaho. A Life Celebration service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Christian Life Fellowship in Ontario at 366 S.E. Fifth St.

Obituaries for Aug. 5, 2013

‘Woody’ Woodcock

Baker City, 1939-2013

William Charles “Woody” Woodcock, 73, of Baker City, died July 24, 2013, at his home after a brief battle with cancer. 

His memorial service and a celebration of Woody’s Life will be at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at the Baker Elks Lodge, 1896 Second St. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the Elks Lodge.

Woody was born on Nov. 27, 1939, at Baker City to Sam and Ruth Metsker Woodcock. He was a 1958 Baker High School graduate. He excelled at football and was honored to play in the Oregon Shrine All-Star Football Game in Portland. 


Obituaries for Aug. 2, 2013

‘Rob’ Burgess

Baker City, 1964-2013

Robert Martin “Rob” Burgess, 48, of Baker City, died suddenly July 25, 2013, of a cerebral hemorrhage at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise.

His memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. There will be a reception afterward at the Sunridge Inn.


Obituaries for July 26, 2013

‘Russ’ Murphey

Baker City

Russell Warren “Russ” Murphey, 74, of Baker City, died July 22, 2013, at his home after a long battle with lymphoma. His family was at his side.

His funeral was at 3 p.m. Monday, June 29, at the Baker Christian Church, 675 Highway 7. Pastor Jesse Whitford officiated. The committal service was at Rock Creek Cemetery. There was a celebration of life dinner afterward at the church.

Russ was born in California and was educated there. He worked for more than 25 years for the California Fish and Game and retired in 1990 after 22 years as a game warden. 

After his retirement he moved to Show Low, Ariz., where his wife, Marge, pursued a counseling career. They moved to Baker City in 2006 from Arizona. 

Russ loved the Lord and was an active member of the Baker Christian Church. He led several Bible studies and also led many hymn sings for the community. His beautiful bass voice will be missed.

Russ tried many part-time positions but principally loved to hunt and fish. He was a very friendly, wonderful man who will be sorely missed by family and friends. The fish of Baker County will now be safer.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Marge; their three daughters, Cyndi Huff (Dave) of Petersburg, Ky., Shelly Scott (Ray) of Baker City, and Jan Sorenson (Tony) of Cody, Wyo.; five granddaughters and three great-granddaughters; his sister, Jean Nagle (Hank) of Wilseyville, Calif., and his half-sister, Shirley Cook of Woodland, Calif.

He requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to his wife’s nonprofit Christian counseling business, Angel Rose Counseling through Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814. He prayed daily for her ministry and was a great encouragement.

Louise Todd

Baker City, 1930-2013

Louise F. Todd, 82, a longtime Baker City resident, died July 23, 2013, at Settler’s Park Assisted Living Center.

 The rosary will be said at 10 a.m. Monday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Her graveside memorial will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Father Julian Cassar of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will officiate.

 Mrs. Todd was born on Aug. 12, 1930, at Rising City, Neb., to John Albert and Anna Willemsen Frericks. She was a 1947 graduate of St. Francis Academy and married Aubrey “Bud” Todd on Feb. 11, 1950, at Baker City.

 Mrs. Todd worked as a personnel manager for the BLM for 30 years, retiring in 1987. Her hobbies were volunteering with many organizations.

 She was a member and active with St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, Soroptomist Club and the Elks Lodge.

Survivors include her son, Marc Todd of Baker City; sister Connie Fisher of Echo; six grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and 12 great-grandchildren.

 She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bud; and a son, Gary.

 Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Obituaries for July 22, 2013

Steven Boyd

Formerly Baker City and North Powder, 1947-2013

Steven Michael Boyd, 66, a former resident of North Powder and Baker City, died July 17, 2013, due to a rafting accident on the Rogue River in Southwestern Oregon. 

A visitation will be Wednesday, July 24 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Gray’s West & Co.  Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. There will be a celebration of life memorial service at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 27 at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane in Baker City.

Obituaries for July 17, 2013

Jeanette Hull

Baker City, 1956-2013

Jeanette Marie Langton Hull, 56, of Baker City, died July 1, 2013, losing her courageous battle with cancer.

Jeanette’s Celebration of Life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Eagles Lodge,  2935 H St.

Obituaries for July 15, 2013

William Tebeau

Formerly Baker City, 1925-2013

William Henry “Bill” Tebeau, 87, of Salem, a Baker City native, died July 5, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. 

The family welcomes all in celebrating Bill’s life on Saturday, July 20 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Center 50+, 2615 Portland Road NE in Salem. Arrangements are by Howell Edwards Doerksen Funeral Directors. To make online condolences visit www.hed-fh.com.

Bill was born on Nov. 23, 1925, at Baker to Henry and Frances Tebeau. Bill was a history maker. He exuded both humility and pride when reminiscing about his life and achievements. At age 12, he joined the Boy Scouts and worked his way up to the Eagle Scout designation and the Order of the Arrow. In 1943, Bill graduated from Baker High School, and was admitted to Oregon State College (later named Oregon State University). In June 1948 he became the first African American male student to graduate from Oregon State University, receiving his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering.

Obituaries for July 12, 2013

‘Mickey’ Hood

Medical Springs, 1914-2013

Mildred Thompson “Mickey” Hood, 99, of Medical Springs, died July 7, 2013, at her residence.

A graveside service was at noon today at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Jesse Whitford of the Baker City Christian Church officiated. 

Mickey was born on May 16, 1914, at New London, Conn. At the age of 3 she was adopted by the Thompson family and was raised in Juliet, Ill. She received her education in a private girl’s school in Pasadena. 

On Dec. 23, 1971, Mickey married Edwin Hood. They lived at Port Angeles, Wash., on a fishing boat called “The Defense” for several years, later moving to Orcas Island, Wash. In 1990 they sold their boat, “The Horizon,” and moved to their home at Medical Springs.

 Mickey liked birding, flower gardening and was quite a boat handler. She helped her husband for many years in their commercial salmon fishing business.

Survivors include her husband, Edwin; her daughter, Cheryl Doide; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Brian Henry.

Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel handled the funeral arrangements.

Letha Hoopes

Baker City, 1921-2013

Letha Evelyn Lovejoy Hoopes, 91, of Baker City, a retired employee of the U.S. Soil Conservation Service, genealogist and gifted artist, died July 9, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City after a long illness.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. 

Letha was born on July 30, 1921, at Baker County to Addison Victor Nathaniel Lovejoy and Myrtle Rebecca Rizor Lovejoy. She was raised in Baker City and spent her summers at Gleason Mine in Dixie and during the later years of her youth at the Orion Mine near Unity. She started school at South Baker Elementary in 1926 and was a 1939 Baker High School graduate. She later attended business school.

Letha briefly worked for the draft board in 1940. She married John Garretson Hoopes at Payette, Idaho, on Feb. 21, 1942. Letha was a beloved mother of four sons and one daughter, whom she lovingly raised and cared for in their Baker City home. 

When the last of the boys began school in 1966, Letha worked for the U.S. Forest Service. The next year, she began employment at the Soil Conservation Service until her retirement. 

Letha was well-known for her talents as a gifted artist, including painting, embroidery, needlework, quilting, crochet and knitting. She loved to spend time in her vegetable and flower gardens. 

Letha was a member of the LDS Church where she held many callings, taught genealogy classes, performed German name extraction and served as a Temple worker in the Boise Temple.

 Survivors include her daughter, Nancy Fuller (Heber) of Highland, Utah; her sons, Dale Hoopes (Joyce) and Kenneth Hoopes, all of Baker City, and Rex Hoopes (Debbie) of Boise; her sisters, Elinor Turnidge (Sheldon) of Payson, Utah, and Eva Kellogg (Barry) of Walla Walla, Wash.; her brother, Walter Lovejoy (Margret) of Wasilla, Alaska; grandchildren, John Hoopes (Lauri) of Baker City, Ronda Lawson of San Antonio, Texas, RaNay Winter (Ryan) of Pleasant Grove, Utah, Ryan Fuller (Amber) of Lehi, Utah, Steve Fuller (Sariah) of Lehi, Utah, Russell Fuller (Laura) of Cedar Hills, Utah, Carissa Hatch (Bryan) of Midvale, Utah, Whitney Mortensen (Ben) of Logan, Utah, Taryn Hoopes, Tanner Hoopes and Alex Hoopes all of Boise; great-grandchildren, Alicia Spalding (Ben) of Pleasant Grove, Utah, Kristen Hoopes, currently serving an LDS mission in Brazil, Riley Winter and Chandler Winter of Pleasant Grove, Utah, Gideon Fuller, Garrett Fuller, Alaina Fuller, Liberty Fuller, Kallia Fuller, Charity Fuller, Tylee Fuller, Ethan Fuller, Spencer Fuller, Paisley Fuller, and Parker Fuller all of Lehi, Utah, Tarak Fuller, Samara Fuller and Ashton Fuller all of Cedar Hills, Utah, Grayson Hatch of Midvale, Utah, Levi Mortensen of Logan, Utah, Justin Staley (Tara) of San Antonio, Kevin Staley (Marissa) of Kennedale, Texas, and Jessica Young (Josh) of Warrenton, Mich., Joelle (Evan) Crowther of Spanish Fork, Utah, Kenneth (Abby) Cockram of Baker City, and Jamie Cockram of Walla Walla, Wash.; and great-great-grandchildren, Cora Spalding, Gavin Staley, Zoe Staley, Dalilah Staley, Ian Staley, Kaylee Young, Chloe Young, Preston Young, Dusting Young, Kayson and Mayci Crowther and Ty Wilkinson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Garrettson Hoopes; her parents; a son, Victor Garry Hoopes (Wanda); and a brother, Victor Lovejoy (Norma).

Memorial contributions may be made to the LDS Mission Fund through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Leo Payne

Baker City, 1941-2013

Leo John Payne, 71 of Baker City, died June 26, 2013, at Granite.

Private interment will be at a national cemetery. 

Leo was born on Sept. 8, 1941, at Portland to Frank and Rilla Porter Payne. He graduated with the class of 1959 from Grant High School in Portland. In 1960, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served honorably until his discharge in 1963. He was assigned to the 95th Fighter Interceptor Squadron.

After his military service, he attended and graduated from the University of Portland where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. In 1981 he married Susan at Winnemucca, Nev. During his working career he was an accountant for Baker Redi-Mix, and also for the Port of Hood River. He then co-owned and operated “Charlie’s Tavern” in Umatilla with Susan until he retired in 2005.

His hobbies included fishing, camping, traveling, golfing, riding motorcycles, and reading fiction.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Payne of Baker City; his brothers, Andy, Steve and Larry; his sister, Dorothy; his son, Michael Payne; stepson, Justin Handy of Baker City; his best friend and nephew, Frank Denton of Long Creek; his grandchildren include Mason, Logan and Jera Handy, all of Baker City.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel.

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