Obituaries for Dec. 26, 2012

By Baker City Herald December 26, 2012 01:23 pm

Elwyn Justus

Haines, 1945-2012

Elwyn Garrison Justus, 66, of Haines, died Dec. 18, 2012, at his home.

A celebration of Elwyn’s life, with military auspices, will be Friday, Dec. 28 at 1 p.m. at The Sunridge in Baker City.

Elwyn was born on Dec. 24, 1945, in Baker to William and Olive (Garrison) Justus.  He was raised on the ranch that he lived on his entire life. 

Elwyn started school in Muddy Creek School in Haines and later went to Richland where his mother was a teacher there for many years. He graduated from Eagle Valley High School in Richland in 1964. He started college at Eastern Oregon College in La Grande, then transferred to Blue Mountain College in Pendleton, where he graduated from college.

He was inducted into the Army on July 1967 and was stationed in Korea during his time of service until his honorable discharge as a sergeant in July 1973.

 Elwyn married Vicki Calhoun on Oct. 15, 1977,  and they celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary this October. They had one son, William (Bill) Elwyn Justus, born on Sept. 26, 1979.

Elwyn has been a rancher for many years. He also worked for Wishard Bale Stacking, stacking hay from Hermiston to Roaring Springs. Then he went to work as an Oregon livestock brand inspector until his death.

 Elwyn was an avid elk, deer, and chukar hunter, and fishing every so often. But most of all, he loved team roping with his son and many numerous friends.

He has been a member of American Cowboys Team Roping Association, United States Team Roping Championship, a past president of the Baker County Cattlemen, Haines Stampede, a past director for the Oregon High School Rodeo Association, La Grande Mavericks, American Quarter Horse Association, Blue Mountain Quarter Horse Association, Blue Mountain College Rodeo Team, Blue Mountain Cutting Horse Club and a Registered Angus breeder.

 He is survived by his wife, Vicki; his son, William (Bill) Justus, and a very special friend, Krystine Boggs from Haines; his uncle, Alva Justus and wife Norma of Baker City; his aunts: Erma Johnson of Caldwell, Idaho, Lois Garrison of Ontario, and Carmel Garrison of Portland; and numerous cousins and many cherished friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Olive Justus, and by many aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins.

Those who wish to make a donation in memory of Elwyn may do so to the Cattleman’s Scholarship Fund or the charity of your choice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, PO Box 543 Halfway, OR 97834.

James ‘Jim’ DeRoest

Baker City, 1936-2012

James W. “Jim” DeRoest 76, a resident of Goodrich Creek Road near Baker City, died Dec. 24, 2012, at his home.

Recitation of the Rosary will be Friday, Dec. 28 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets in Baker City. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, Dec. 28 at 10 a.m. in the cathedral. Rev. Julian Cassar will celebrate the Mass. Inurnment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Jim, a husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather, farmer, musician, golfer and friend, was born on June 26, 1936, at Baker City to Mary and Maurice DeRoest. He, with brothers Maury and Gary, grew up on the family farm located near Goodrich Creek.

He attended high school at Saint Francis Academy in Baker City where he loved playing sports, especially basketball.  

After completing high school, Jim married the love of his life, Clara May Adams.  In 1955, the two started their life together in a small home in Baker where Jim worked as a grocery clerk for Safeway.

 Always a hard worker, and after moves to Enterprise and Pendleton, Jim moved up to manage his first Safeway store back in Enterprise.

During this time he and Clara were blessed with four children: Jim Jr., Debbie, Chris and Billy. Their son, Billy, passed away in 1973 from leukemia.  

After retiring from Safeway, in 1993 Jim and his wife Clara moved back to Baker City, where he began the real passion of his life, working the family farm. Like his father before him, he farmed the old fashioned way, irrigating with a shovel and haying by hand. Haying was a yearly event he enjoyed and fretted over most with the help and support of his family and friends.    

Jim always loved working with people and was an active member of community and church groups. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Elks Club and Pendleton’s Main Street Cowboys. He and Clara regularly led and performed music at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in North Powder and St. Francis Catholic Church in Baker City.   

We will always remember the smiles, laughter and life of Jim DeRoest.

Jim is survived by his wife, Clara, of Baker City; his son Jim and his wife, Meleece, of Bothell, Wash.; his daughter, Debbie Jameson and her husband, Chuck of Umapine, Ore.; his daughter, Chris, and her partner, Denyse of Stayton; his brother, Gary and his wife, Della, of Gold Beach; his sister in-law, Blanche DeRoest of Portland; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and grand-dogs.  

Those wishing to make contributions in Jim’s memory may direct them to St. Francis Food Bank, this may be done through the Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.