Obituary for Oct. 11, 2013

By Baker City Herald October 11, 2013 09:07 am

Michael Piete

Baker City, 1970-2013

On the morning of Oct. 3, 2013, Michael Richard Piete died in a tragic event occurring at a family cabin in Grant County.

 A gathering for a celebration of life will be today at 4 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Club, 2005 Valley Ave. in Baker City. Curtains open at 7:45 p.m. and karaoke at 8 p.m., also at the Veterans Memorial Club.

Mike Piete was born on Jan. 9, 1970, at Baker City to Bonnie Piete and Howard Piete. One thing Mike loved most was his family. This includes his wife of nine years, Carlotta Piete; his three stepchildren, Joe Truscott, Tiffany Rivera and Kody Kolb; his 10 grandchildren; his mother, Bonnie Gentry, father, Howard Piete, stepmother Elaine Piete;  brothers Alan Grove, Kevin Grove and Willie Grove; and his sisters, Leah Mayer and Brandy Martens.

Mike moved to Canada in 1971 when he was 1 year old, where he lived until he was 16. He then moved to Eugene, where he attended Willamette High School. He  moved back to Canada and worked for his dad for several years. In 1997 he  returned to Baker City where he pursued his career of operating heavy equipment. In that time he made many friends.

He met the person who became his soul mate, his wife, who he grew close to for five years and then married for nine years. In that time Mike also became a dad to Carlotta’s three children, Joe, Tiffany and Kody, who he treated and took in as his own. Mike also became “Papa Mike” to all his grandkids who loved him dearly.

Mike loved the outdoors and everything that came with it — hunting, fishing, camping, 4-wheeling, snowmobiling and boating. When Mike wasn’t working he was always spending time with family and friends making memories which no one will forget. All the family would like to give a special thanks to Mike’s best friend, Dennis Glerup, who never left his side.

His family said: “We thought of you with love today. But that is nothing new. We thought about you yesterday. And days before that too. We think of you in silence. We often speak your name. Now all we have is memories and your picture in a frame, your memory is our keep sake. With them we’ll never part. God has you in his keeping, we have you in our hearts.”

 Those wishing to make contributions in Mike’s memory may direct them to  Memorial for Michael Piete, through the Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.