Baker City, 1958-2018
Robert “Bob” DeMastus, 59, of Baker City, died on Jan. 6, 2018, at St. Alphonsus in Boise.
A memorial service took place Friday, Jan. 12, at the Church of the Nazarene in Baker City with Pastor Robin Harris officiating the service. Following the service, friends joined the family for refreshments in the church Fellowship Hall.
Bob was born on Nov. 6, 1958, at Baker City to James and Barbara DeMastus. He grew up roaming the foothills with his brother Jim, his friends Larry and Joe McBroom, and his little sister, Gwen, sometimes tagging along.
He attended Baker High School and excelled in many sports. He also competed in forestry and with his brother, Jim, he won the High School State Forestry Competition. He graduated in 1977.
In 1980 he married the love of his life, Kristin Ann Josephson, and had three children: Krystal, Clay, and Cliff. He was a jack-of-all-trades and had many jobs including ranch hand, logger, EMT/firefighter, wildland firefighter, range technician, noxious weed specialist, and auto mechanic. He competed with his family on the World Championship Logging Circuit, earning many titles. He loved the outdoors and pursued a logging profession until a tree fell on him and injured his back requiring a change of jobs. In 1983 he began working for the Forest Service, working in whatever department he was needed. He loved having a job that enabled him to be in the mountains. He was known as a great sportsman and enjoyed honing his survival techniques.
His children were his pride and joy. He poured a lot of time into them. He was very active in all their activities and coached many of their Little League and YMCA teams. He encouraged them in all their endeavors and attended all their activities. The only thing he enjoyed more than his kids was his grandkids, who he doted on. He had looked forward to spending a lot of time with them in the mountains.
His hobbies included hunting, fishing, camping, hiking woodworking, firearms, reloading ammo, motorcycles, and wildlife conservation organizations. He loved Lynyrd Skynyrd, classic rock, Rich Mullins, contemporary Christian music, and folk music especially with the dulcimer.
Despite his rough exterior he had a tender side. He wrote poetry, enjoyed butterflies, and loved his rose bushes. He had a calm quiet spirit about him.
He was active in his church and community. He served as a deacon for many years and mentored many youth in the community. He was a Young Life leader for several years. He enjoyed volunteering at the Free Fishing Day every year.
In the summer he could be found almost every Sunday at the Powder River Music Review at the park with his trusty dog, Gunner. He made a point to go to the various downtown and park events throughout the year. He loved silent auctions and supporting local causes.
The centerpiece of his life was his relationship with God. He was a great source of encouragement and often able to see both sides of a situation. He did not have any theological training but could give sound doctrinal advice and could explain principles in common terms. He had the belief that God knew the day, hour, and minute of his death and when it was his time nothing would prevent it. He did not fear death because he knew to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.
He is survived by his children, Krystal Doucette, Clay DeMastus and Cliff DeMastus; his parents; his brother, Jim DeMastus; his sister, Gwen Everson; four grandchildren and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces.
Memorial contributions can be made to Baker City Young Life through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814. To light a candle in memory of Bob, or to leave a condolence for the family, go to www.grayswestco.com