William Heizer

Baker City, 1930-2017

William Franklin “Bill” Heizer, 86, died Oct. 7, 2017.

He went home to be with his friend the Lord. Bill talked with Him most every day, his family said.

There will be a celebration of Bill’s life at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. There will be a reception for the family afterward.

Bill was born on Oct. 21, 1930, to his parents, Earl and Millie Heizer. Earl and Millie moved to Baker when Bill was about 3.

Bill went to school in Baker, graduating from Baker High School. He then attended and graduated from Eastern Oregon University at La Grande and afterward from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Dental School in Portland.

He worked his way through dental school playing the piano as a concert pianist. He practiced dentistry in Baker and opened a practice in Halfway.

Selling his practice in Halfway after several years, Bill opened an office in Lincoln City on the Oregon Coast, driving between Baker and Lincoln City every week.

As a young man, Bill developed a lifelong love of music, running and the out-of-doors. He loved to hike, hunt, fish and ride motorcycles.

An avid runner, Bill qualified and ran in five Portland marathons, the Boston and New York marathons, one in Spokane, Washington, and several along the Oregon Coast. Bill was a concert-level pianist, playing every day almost up until the day his Lord called him home. He enjoyed playing the popular songs and music of the day.

He was a generous, giving man, often providing free dental work for those who needed help but couldn’t afford it.

Bill married Jean Walker in 1974 in Ontario. Together they worked, rode motorcycles and toured much of Oregon, part of Canada and especially enjoyed riding along the Oregon Coast.

Bill’s little Yorky, Missy, was dear to him, and they were almost inseparable. The last several years of his life he enjoyed going to assisted living homes helping to encourage the residents.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Heizer of Baker City; three daughters, Dallas Kyriss of Lewiston, Idaho, Wendy Ricks of Mesa, Arizona, and Kelley Baker of Baker City; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to McEwen Bible Fellowship through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Baker City, OR 97814. To light a candle in memory of Dr. Heizer, go to wwwcolestributecenter@eoni.com .