Obituaries for July 4, 2012

By Chris Collins July 04, 2012 03:20 pm

‘Jack’ Pittman


John Fredrick “Jack” Pittman, 78, of Baker City, died June 25, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise.  

A celebration of his life will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Baker City Christian Church, 675 Highway 7. Pastors Jesse Whitford, Mike Whitford and Bob Whiteman will officiate. Burial of his urn will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.  Friends are invited to join the family for a reception in the church fellowship hall after the committal service.

Jack was born on Oct. 6, 1933, at Walla Walla, Wash., to Wayne and Kathryn Kidder Pittman. He attended high school at McEwen (near Athena), then attended one year at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash.  He worked as an assistant manager at U.S. Bank for approximately 40 years, retiring in 1994.  Jack married Georgia Looslie on March 5, 1954. He later married Peggy Leaton-Nickens in 1992.

For his outstanding contributions to the community, he was awarded Man of the Year, being honored for his efforts in funding Step Forward in Baker County and for his involvement in Historic Baker City Inc.  Jack was also nominated for the 2004 Legacy Man of the Year. He was a member of the Jaycees, the Lions Club and the Baker City Christian Church.

Some of the activities he was involved in include volunteering during Miners Jubilee to sell buttons and cook breakfast in the park, chairing the duck race committee and working on a variety of other Jubilee events. He also chaired the Lions Sight Conservation Committee and the Baker City Budget Board and served as a member of  the St. Elizabeth Hospital Board and Nursing Home Board.

He served as president of Baker County Alcohol and Drug Problems Inc., and was an organizer for the first mental health group in Baker City. He also participated in the Community Choir, volunteered at the Food Bank and coached youth from North Baker Grade School to participate in Special Olympic events in La Grande.

As a member of the Baker City Christian Church, Jack volunteered tirelessly serving as an elder, a deacon and a trustee, teaching adult Sunday School, serving on the Financial Ministry Team and overseeing the seniors ministry, taking communion to shut-ins and calling regularly to check up on them.  He performed baptisms, officiated funerals and helped with too many other activities to list. 

In the words of his pastor, “Jack’s life reflected Christ and it was very evident when you were around him that this man had spent a considerable amount of time with Jesus.”

Jack had many hobbies including fishing, woodcutting, hunting deer and elk, gardening and picking mushrooms and huckleberries. He often cut, delivered and stacked wood for people in need. He enjoyed teaching people, young and old, how to hunt mushrooms, ice fish and catch steelhead and crappie. He will be remembered by all the kids for supplying them with Dentyne gum.  Each day Jack was a loving husband, dad, stepdad and grandfather. 

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Pittman; two daughters, Dee Staab of Auburn, Wash., and Rhea Powell of Beaver Marsh; his son, Greg Pittman of Lakeview; stepdaughter, Shannon Russell of La Grande; stepson, Curt Nickens of Baker City; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; three brothers, Don Pittman and Dick Pittman of Dayton and Leonard Pittman of Selah, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814. 

Erin Carrithers

Baker City, 1968-2012

Erin Kathleen Flanagan Carrithers, 43, of Vancouver, Wash., a former Baker City resident, died June 11, 2012, at her home. 

Her memorial service was June 18 at Scappoose.

Erin was born on Sept. 12, 1968, at Spokane, Wash., to Charles and Caroline Logsdon Flanagan. She attended school at Spokane and Lacey, Wash., and graduated from Baker High School in 1986.

She was employed in several different vocations, most recently as a flagger in road construction.

Survivors include her husband, Lee Carrithers of Vancouver, Wash.; her daughter, Anndi; twin sons, Connor and Joshua; her parents, Caroline and Bob Barton of Baker City and Charles and Connie Flanagan of Baker City; her sister, Dianne (Hal) Long of Sheridan, Wyo.; brothers, Shannon (Kristie) Flanagan of Scappoose and Patrick (Kristi) Flanagan of Baker City.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Edmund Carrithers; sister, Colleen Flanagan Dayhoff; and grandparents.