Obituaries for the week of Feb. 12 to Feb. 16

February 16, 2001 12:00 am

'Jake Marcum

John Jacob Jake Marcum, 20, of Baker City, died Feb. 6, 2001.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Interment will be at the Haines Cemetery.

Mr. Marcum was born Sept. 29, 1980, at Oregon City to John and Laurie Marcum. He attended Park Place Elementary and Grace Christian schools at Gladstone as a little boy and was active in Oregon Junior Baseball where he pitched for the state championship team as a 10-year-old.

He and his family moved to Baker City when he was 11. He was an active member in 4-H, raising pigs for many years. He attended Baker Valley Christian School and Pine Creek School, a one-room schoolhouse under the direction of certified teachers. He had wonderful tutors. He remained active in basketball and baseball, playing on many all-star teams.

During his high school years, he attended A-Beka Video School and the Lighthouse Christian School. He played basketball and baseball for Baker High School.

He was active in the community as a volunteer and member of the Baker County Commission on Children and Families. He was a true outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, hiking, camping and skiing with friends and family.

His passion in life was flying. He learned to fly at 15 under the instruction of his beloved friend, Cliff Bond. The two spent many hours together as kindred spirits; they both loved flying.

He received his private pilots license at the age of 17 though Baker Aircraft. In 1999, he graduated from Lighthouse Christian School.

He continued to pursue his dream in aviation at Southeastern Oklahoma State University where he had achieved junior status by his second year of college.

Always an honor student, he was president of Alpha Eta Rho Aviation Fraternity as well as president of The Young Republicans on campus. He held commercial and instrument ratings and a flight instructor rating. He was employed by the university as an FAA flight instructor.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lowell and Edna Chally and Sam Marcum, all of La Grande.

Survivors include his parents, John and Laurie Marcum, his sister, Lindsey, and brothers, Cale and Grant Marcum, all of Baker City; his grandmother, Gerry Marcum, uncle and aunt, Chris and Sherry Marcum, all of La Grande; an aunt, Susan Skinner of North Pole, Alaska; and his cousins and many friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jake Marcum Memorial Scholarship Fund at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, P.O. Box 4187, Durant, Okla. 74701-0609, or through the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, Ore., 97814.

Barbara ODonnell

Barbara E. ODonnell, 57, a longtime Baker City resident, died Feb. 8, 2001, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise after a long battle with diabetes.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Pastor Lennie Spooner will officiate. Vault interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Mrs. ODonnell was born on July 1, 1943, at East Berlin, Germany, to Wilhelm and Analise Stevenhagen. She married Anthony W. ODonnell at New Castle, Del. They moved to Baker City in 1978 and had lived here since.

Mrs. ODonnell was active in the choir at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene and sang individually for fund-raisers and other church functions. She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family, knitting, crocheting and making other crafts. She was a very loving wife, mother and friend who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Survivors include her husband, Tony ODonnell of Baker City; and a daughter, Carman ODonnell of New Castle, Del.

She was preceded in death by her father, Wilhelm Stevenhagen; her mother, Analise Stevenhagen; a brother, Heinze Stevenhagen; and a son, Adam W. ODonnell.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the National Kidney Foundation through Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore. 97814.

Jack Brannock

Jack V. Brannock, 78, of Bend, a Baker City native, died Feb. 6, 2001, at Providence St. Vincent Hospital in Beaverton.

Mr. Brannock will be cremated and buried next to his wife at the Haines Cemetery. There will be a memorial service in the spring.

Mr. Brannock was born Oct. 10, 1922, to Judson and Alma Brannock. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II and later worked in farming. He also worked in logging and mill work. He retired to Bend in 1991.

Mr. Brannock is survived by two daughters, Arlene Rice of Tualatin and Anna Holliday of LaPine; a son, David Brannock, of Vancouver, Wash.; and a foster son, Robert Wood of Portland; six grandchildren, including Callie Beth Brannock of Yacolt, Wash., and Pamela Holliday of LaPine; and two sisters, Betty Wilson of Baker City and Lola Patterson of Oak Harbor, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by his wife, Mina.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of ones choice through Grays West & Co.

Lorin Stanciu

Lorin George Stanciu, 76, a Richland native, died Feb. 11, 2001, at St. Mary Medical Center at Walla Walla, Wash.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Richland. Vault interment will be at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland.

Mr. Stanciu was born on Nov. 18, 1924, at Baker City to Eli and Rose Stanciu. He attended Pleasant Ridge Grade School and was a 1942 graduate of Eagle Valley High School at Richland.

He married Churby Densley on Oct. 20, 1948, at Richland. He farmed with his father, Eli, and brother, Wally, until moving to the Oregon Coast in 1964. He and his wife ran a motel at Newport until 1969.

They then moved to Walla Walla, Wash., where Mr. Stanciu worked for the parks department. They returned to Eagle Valley in 1971 where they built and operated a Grade A dairy until 1980. Mr. Stanciu continued to farm with his brother, Wally, until his death.

He was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church at Richland where he held many positions through the years. He also was a member of the Eagle Valley Cemetery Board.

Survivors include his wife, Churby of Richland; his brother, Wally Stanciu, and his wife, Maureen, of Richland; a son and daughter-in-law, John and Mary Stanciu of College, Place, Wash.; a daughter and son-in-law, Marion and Joe Ross Sr. of Coeur dAlene, Idaho; granddaughter and her husband, Lora and John Scott of Boise; grandson and his wife, Joe Jr. and Linda Ross of Post Falls, Idaho; and grandson, Eli Stanciu, and granddaughters, Maggie, Callie and Katie Gladden, all of College Place, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eli and Rose Stanciu.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eagle Valley Ambulance Fund through Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore. 97814.

Claire Davis

Claire Guttridge Davis, 98, a native of Prairie City and a a longtime Baker City resident, died Feb. 12, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Elizabeth Chapel, 3325 Pocahontas Road. The Rev. Rob Irwin of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will officiate. Interment will be at the Prairie City Cemetery.

Mrs. Davis was born May 26, 1902, at Prairie City to John Sherman and Anna Brodie Guttridge. She was raised on the Guttridge Ranch south of Prairie City and was a graduate of Prairie City High School.

She married Herbert W. Davis and they had one son, John Randal Davis. She told many stories of riding horses, working cattle and making hay on the ranch.

After her parents deaths, the ranch was sold on contract. Later, she and her siblings had to repossess it. They operated it as the J.S. Guttridge Estate Ranch for several years until they sold it and it became known as the Oxbow Ranch.

Mrs. Davis lived in Portland for more than 50 years and had lived in Baker City for the last 12 years.

Survivors include two grandchildren, Linda and John, and five great-grandchildren, all of Massachusetts; her daughter-in-law, several nieces and nephews; and many other friends and relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert W. Davis; her son, John Randal Davis; sisters, Ellen Anderson and Elva Henderson; and brothers, Sherman and Jim Guttridge.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Elizabeth Care Center through Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore. 97814.