Obituaries for Oct. 5, 2011

By Baker City Herald October 05, 2011 05:22 pm

Terry Robinson
Terry Joe Robinson, 70, of Baker City died of natural causes Sept. 30, 2011, at his home.

Terry was born on Nov. 2, 1940, at Bellingham, Wash., to Handford “Tex” and W. Hazel Cook Robinson.

He spent his working career in the newspaper business starting out as a sales trainee in retail sales in July of 1962 at the Bellingham Herald. He moved up to classified manager and after 18 years moved on to the East Oregonian in Pendleton as its classified manager.

He ended his career at the Tri-City Herald as production director.  He was with the Herald for 20 years.

His hobbies were photography, computers, keeping a mirror shine on his cars, and his many dogs.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hazel and Handford Robinson; and his brother, Tom.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Kathy; stepson, Rick Hurley and his wife, Bekki, of Baker City; son, Terry and his wife,Carla, of Sumas, Wash.; daughter, Paula; grandchildren, John and Megan Hurley, of Baker City, and Brianna Robinson, of Sumas; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mary and Frank Meyer; sister-in-law, Shirley Beaudet and her husband, Paul; brother-in-law, Ron Meyer and his wife, Barb; lab, Katie; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitations will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Hillcrest Memorial Center, 9353 West Clearwater Ave., in Kennewick, Wash. 

His graveside funeral will be at 3 p.m.  Friday at Desert Lawn Memorial Park at Union and 10th streets in Kennewick, Wash. There will be a potluck reception afterward at Hillcrest Memorial Center.

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‘Tom’ Gately

Leslie Thomas “Tom” Gately, 75, died Sept. 21, 2011, at North Powder. 

His military graveside memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the North Powder Cemetery.

Tom was born on April 13, 1936, at Wichita, Kan., to Leo and Mary Rohrbach Gately. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, retiring after 20 years as a staff sergeant. 

Tom worked for Senyoy for eight years as a courier and recently retired. His hobbies were fishing and camping. He was a member of the American Legion. 

He owned his home and raised a great and loving family. 

Tom was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Gately; stepfather, Gordon Gately; and his brother, Barton Gately. 

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Marion Rose Gately of North Powder; sons, David Gately of Pendleton and Dan Gately of North Powder; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 

Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Carol Martinez

Carol Jeanne Martinez, 60, of Plymouth, Wash., died Sept. 28, 2011, after a long battle with cancer.

On  Saturday, a motorcycle procession will escort Martinez from Burns Mortuary in Hermiston, down Hermiston Avenue to Highway 395 and then north to Plymouth, Wash.

Staging for the ride begins at 9:30 a.m., and the procession will leave at 10 a.m.

Her memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. at Mel Ables’ property at Third Avenue and Mason Street in Plymouth.

“You brought the brightness to each day, joy to all you met, and your laughter will never be forgotten. You will be missed,” family members said.

Survivors include her husband, Abel Martinez; sons, Jeff Dunlap, Jeremiah DeBacker and Aaron DeBacker; daughter, Melis DeBacker-Ramsey; brothers, Frank O’Neil and George O’Neil; and sister, Bonnie Snodgrass; as well as all of the brothers and sisters who ride motorcycles.