Obituary for Dec. 24, 2012

By Baker City Herald December 24, 2012 01:07 pm

Note: Date of funeral corrected to Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 at 1 p.m.

Richard ‘Dick’ Haynes

Baker City, 1923-2012

Richard Glen “Dick” Haynes, 89, of Baker City, died Dec. 20, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.

His funeral will be Thursday, Dec. 27 at 1 p.m. at the Baker City Christian Church, 675 Highway 7, with Pastors Jesse Whitford and Lennie Spooner officiating. Vault interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. A reception will follow the services at the church fellowship hall.

Dick was born on Aug. 12, 1923, at Salem to Charles and Margaret (Brock) Haynes.

 Dick grew up in Salem, attended Salem High School and graduated in 1941, attended trade school for three months to work at Boeing in Seattle where he was employed as a journeyman for two years. 

 He entered Oregon State University in the fall of 1943 and graduated in the spring of 1947 with a degree in agronomy and agricultural education.

 He proposed to Marjorie Belle Prowell on Saint Patrick’s Day in 1947, and they were married Sept. 14 of the same year.

 After living in Albany and having their first son in 1948, Richard Jr., they moved to Baker in 1949. Dick taught vocational agriculture to veterans from WWII and the Korean War for several years.  Their second son, Robert (Bob), was born in 1950. 

 After beginning to farm and ranch himself, Dick began selling seed and farm supplies from their ranch in Baker Valley in 1955. The business continued to grow and Dick Haynes Farmterials, Inc was formed in 1957.

 By 1960 the business had grown substantially and it had moved to 2239 11th St.  In the 1960s Farmterials purchased Baker Mill and Grain Building, Fortner Supply and Oregon Wood and Coal. In 1968 the business was relocated to Pocahontas Road with a new facility being built. This location was later developed into the Maxi-Mart shopping center, current home to D&B Supply and Miller’s Lumber and formerly Wilson’s Warehouse Market.

While running Farmterials and becoming an Ace Hardware dealer, Dick served for several years on the national Board of Directors of Ace Hardware in Chicago. The Hayneses owned and ran Farmterials until 1989. Always active in real estate, he also ran Northwest Properties beginning in 1991 for 10 years.

Dick’s biggest passion was anything that promoted Baker County and among his significant contributions to the community included reviving the Miners Jubilee, being instrumental in bringing the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, facilitating Marvin Wood Products opening in Baker City, printing the first Baker County Recreation Guide, serving as one of the three original founding members of OTEC, serving numerous terms on City Council and serving on the Vector Control board. He donated the space for Short Term Gallery, enjoyed his old cronies in ROMEOs, and served on the St. Alphonsus Hospital Foundation Board.

 Flying, fishing and photography were some of his favorite pastimes along with spending time with his granddaughter, Stephanie.

He is survived by his wife Marjorie Haynes; his brother, Larry Haynes of Sandpoint, Idaho; his sister, Nona Caldwell of Vancouver, Wash.; his son, Richard Haynes Jr., his son, Bob Haynes and his wife, Linda, and his former daughter-in-law, Barbara Haynes, all of Baker City; and his granddaughter, Stephanie Dickerson and her husband, Scott, of Homer, Alaska.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker County Family YMCA Building Fund or to the Baker Heritage Museum through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.