Obituaries for Nov. 22, 2013

By Baker City Herald November 22, 2013 10:45 am

Maurice Tatlock

Baker City, 1926-2013

Maurice Kent Tatlock, 87, of Baker City, died Nov. 18, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City. 

Visitations will be from 4 o’clock to 8 o’clock tonight at Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave.

His funeral will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Baker City Christian Church, 675 Highway 7. Pastor Jesse Whitford will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward at the church.

Maurice (better known as Maury) was born at Rock Springs, Wyo., on Sept. 21, 1926, to Kent Tatlock and Marie Fager Tatlock. Maury attended Twin Falls High School where he graduated in 1944. 

He then joined the U.S. Navy where he became a medical corpsman until he left the service in 1946. Maury found he liked working in the denture field and in 1954 he started Tatlock Dental Lab.

In 1960, Maury married his wife, Phyllis Shaw, who died in 2000.

Maury moved to Baker City at the age of 27, and started doing something he enjoyed doing, fixing beautiful dentures so people could have nice smiles, family members said.

He was especially proud of the fact that his sons and daughter, Christine, followed in his footsteps and ended up owning their own denture businesses. The boys would be the first to say their dad taught them right.

If asked, his sons would say their dad stayed with his business because he loved what he did and enjoyed making beautiful dentures. Maury retired from his profession in 2009, but he helped his son, Curtis, who took over the business whenever he was needed.

Maury also enjoyed horses, water skiing and snow skiing and any kind of outdoor sports, along with flying. He was a member of the Jaycees, the Appaloosa Club and various other groups.

Maury was well-known and loved by everyone in a community he was proud of, family members said.

Survivors include his sons, Randy Miles of Memphis, Tenn., Steve Miles of Ashland, Kevin Tatlock of Ontario and Curtis Tatlock of Baker City; his extended family, Dale Moore, Teresa Nordquist, Don Moore and Darlene Ferry; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 40 years, Phyllis; his daughter, Christine Tatlock; and his son, Terry Miles.

Memorial contributions may be made to Baker County Search & Rescue through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.