Eric Arntz

Baker City, 1966-2018

Eric James Arntz, 51, of Baker City, died Feb. 23, 2018, at his home.

A memorial service will take place Saturday, March 10 at 1 p.m. at Pioneer Presbyterian Church in Burns.

Eric was born on May 7, 1966. He was raised in Seattle and graduated from Shorecrest High School in 1984. He joined the Air Force in 1986 and was stationed at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. After discharge in 1990, he moved to Flagstaff, Arizona, and attended Northern Arizona University, and later worked at Ralston Purina in the drafting and engineering department.

He was married in 1997 and moved to La Grande. He worked for Anderson Perry in La Grande from 1998 to 2015, was self-employed (Taurus Drafting & Construction) for two years and then worked at Natural Stuctures in Baker City. In 2009, he remarried and moved to Baker City. He loved the outdoors, hunting, camping, playing his guitar, singing, dancing, creating things from wood, riding his motorcycle, building and flying his model planes, spending time with his family and especially his children.

He is survived by his wife, Markay, and their son, Aidan, and stepdaughter, Allie; his first wife, Karen, and their two children, Grace and Nathan; his parents, Leonard and Sharon Arntz; a sister, Kristin Arntz; and a large, close-knit family of cousins, aunts and uncles.

Memorial contributions in honor of Eric may be made to the American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society or the National Organization for Rare Diseases to aid in the research of primary lateral sclerosis, through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814. To light a candle in honor of Eric, go to