Baker City, 1945-2017
James Michael “Mike” Baker, 72, of Baker City, died Nov. 15, 2017, at Ontario.
His memorial service took place Nov. 19 at the First Presbyterian Church in Baker City with Pastor Katy Nicole officiating. Interment followed on Nov. 20 at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Mike was born on Oct. 9, 1945, at Baker City to Ilah and James Baker. He graduated from Baker High School in 1964. He went on to work at the family grocery store, Basche-Sage Hardware, and later, the family antique shop.
He bowled in several leagues and was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church. A happy, social person who loved to interact with and tease his friends, he was a regular patron of the Oregon Trail Restaurant and other local establishments.
He had an enormous love of sports, especially the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks. He was an adventurous international and local traveler, and adored his family.
Survivors include his sister, Judith A. Baker of Baker City; his niece, Christine B. Haswell and her husband, Stephen Zuk, and grandnephews, Benjamin and Daniel Zuk, of Lafayette California; his niece, Elizabeth S. Haswell and her husband, Greg Jensen, and grandniece Maia C. Jensen, of St. Louis, Missouri.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, James H. and Ilah M. Baker.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice in honor of Mike.
The family wishes to extend its gratitude to the Henderson Hospice and Palliative Care Center for their support in his final days.
To light a candle in memory of Mike or to leave a condolence for the family, go to www.grayswestco.com
Dean E. Clark, 76, died peacefully at home with his wife at his side on Nov. 10, 2017.
In accord with Dean’s wishes there will not be a memorial service.
Dean was born on Sept. 11, 1941, at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton to Clifford and Eleanor Clark. The family lived on a ranch east of Ukiah during his early years. Dean would ride his horse three miles to Ukiah School. The family moved to Pendleton when he was in the fifth grade.
As a teenager he was given the responsibility of taking care of the Ukiah place during the week while his dad did excavation work elsewhere. Later Dean’s attention turned to stock car building and racing on a dirt track down by Reith. After graduating from Pendleton High School, he completed a diesel mechanics program at Oregon Institute of Technology at Klamath Falls.
He worked at Woodpecker Trucking, Silver Wheel Freight and Garrett Freight Lines prior to being drafted into the United States Army in 1963. He was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, and honorably discharged in 1965.
Dean attended Blue Mountain Community College. He married Sharon Spray in 1967. They lived on Gopher Flats east of Pendleton.
He was a member of Lee Riders Riding Group, The Jeep Club, The Wagon Train Committee, West Ho Parade Committee and the Pendleton Round-Up fence crew.
He started his own business, Clark Excavation & Landscaping, but, due to ill health he was forced into early retirement at age 45.
He learned to team rope. He rode for numerous ranchers in the Ukiah and North Fork area. Sharon and Dean had been married for 35 years when she passed away in 2002.
Dean married Patti Duby in 2005 and he instantly inherited grandkids. Dean and Patti lived east of Pendleton. They enjoyed camping, fishing, and traveling. They traveled to Illinois to visit Dean’s half-sister and cousins and their families.
Dean treasured the time he spent working in his shop. He was quite an inventor. His faith and visiting with his friends were priorities in his life. He attended Tutuilla Presbyterian Church. He was especially interested in early American, Native American, and biblical history.
Survivors include his wife of 13 years, Patti; his stepson, Travis Duby; his stepdaughter, Mandi (Marty) Campbell; his stepgrandchildren, Tayton, Hannah and Raegan Duby, and Parker and Crae Campbell; his brothers-in-law, Dennis (Patti) Spray and Allen (Bev) Duby; and cousins and nieces and nephews.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Sharon; and his half-sisters, Marge Modica and Judy Webb.
In lieu of flowers or contributions, the family encourages you to spend extra time with the ones you love.
Former Baker City resident, 1936-2017
Hazel “LaVelle” Harral, 81, of Pendleton died Nov. 15, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.
Her graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City.
She was born on July 22, 1936, to Jonathon “Pete” and Gladys Wilson of Baker. LaVelle spent her childhood with her four brothers and three sisters in Baker City. After attending grade school and high school, LaVelle met and married her husband of 55 years, Tom Harral.
Lavelle and Tom moved to Pendleton in 1956. There they raised their family: son, Mark; and daughters, Renee and Teresa. LaVelle was a devoted wife and mother, caring for and raising her children. She was later blessed with five cherished grandchildren: Erin, Neil, Emelia, Asa and Beau.
Throughout her life LaVelle worked as a bookkeeper and later as a local business owner for several businesses in Pendleton and Pilot Rock.
She accepted Jesus as her savior and became a devoted Christian. She would rise early every day to listen to her favorite pastors teach about Jesus’ unconditional love and grace for all.
LaVelle’s unfailing love toward her family and friends will be greatly missed, family members said. She always gave of herself. She will be missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Tom, in 2010.
Survivors include her children: Mark Harral of Pendleton, Renee Rosenquist (Bruce) of Bend and Teresa Skinner (Jeff) of Pendleton; grandchildren: Erin Harral of Apache Junction, Arizona, Neil Rosenquist of Bend, Emelia Rosenquist of New London Naval Base, Connecticut, and Asa Skinner and Beau Skinner, both of Pendleton.
Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Sign the online condolence book at www.burnsmortuary.com
Baker City, 1967-2017
Elysa Lynn De Lair Lyman, 50, of Baker City, died Nov. 16, 2017, at Beavercreek.
There will be a memorial service on Sunday, Nov. 26. It will take place at the Beavercreek Grange, 22041 S. Kamrath Road in Oregon City. The service will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. A celebration of Elysa’s life will begin at 1:30 p.m. with a potluck afterward.
She was born at Oregon City on June 8, 1967, to Michael De Lair and Susan Woodruff De Lair. She lived in this area and graduated from Colton Grade School.
At age 16, she got her GED from Clackamas Community College. Elysa married Jeff Dambach in 1983. They had two children, Rory and Jessica Dambach. They later divorced.
In 1993 Elysa moved with her children to Baker City where her father was residing. In 1995 she met Dale Lyman and they married in 1997.
Elysa had several careers over the years. She went to school for accounting and received a certificate from OCC. She also was a licensed insurance agent working for Tom Van Diepen, a Farmers Insurance agent in Baker City.
She even worked hauling potatoes from the field to the storage shed for two seasons. Since she had to drive a semi-truck, Dale taught her to drive all of the different trucks where he worked, only to later find out that her truck was an automatic.
Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends. Also she loved to go to the coast and spend time at the ocean.
Since her sickness, she took up coloring. But most of all she loved spending time with family and her grandchildren. She loved to just spend time with people who she loved and who loved her. She will be greatly missed, family members said.
Survivors include her husband, Dale Lyman of Baker City; her parents, Mike and Susan De Lair of Beavercreek; her son, Rory Dambach of Beavercreek; her daughter, Jessica Dambach of Washington, D.C.; her grandchildren, Benjamin and Payton Dambach of Beavercreek; her brother, John De Lair of McMinnville; mother-in-law, Pat Lyman of Baker City; father-in-law, Jim and Anita Lyman; James and Sharise Lyman, Mike Lyman and son, Mike Lyman, and Debi and Mike Riley and their children, Taya and Tyler, Danny Stuart and children, Morgan Stuart, Caden Stuart, Cole Stuart and Megan Price, Chickie Risley and children, Tiffany Risley and Lupe Loredo (fiancée), CJ Risley; and best friends, Connie Duzan and Chrissy Veazie
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