David Paustian

Baker City, 1959-2019

David Wayne Paustian, 59, died Feb. 10, 2019, at his home in Baker City.

David was born on June 29, 1959, at Prairie City. When he was less than a year old the family moved to Unity and from there they moved to Izee, in Grant County, where they lived for the next five years. Then his dad’s job with Ellingson Lumber Company had the family moving to Baker where David remained for the rest of his childhood, attending Baker schools.

As a teenager, David worked summers in Prairie City at the Oxbow Ranch, and as a young adult he went to work at Ellingson sawmill. David got into welding/fabricating and remained doing that work for the rest of his life. This line of work took him away from Baker, traveling as far as Kentucky and Alabama. He made his home in northern Idaho in the Kamiah and Weippe areas. He enjoyed the work he did and was especially proud of the work he did helping build a mill in Weippe from the ground up.

In 2017 he moved back to Baker City to be closer to family and started working for Harney Rock & Paving where he remained until his death. He liked his work and made many lifetime friends through his work.

David enjoyed spending time in the outdoors with his dog, Bo, who was his constant companion. He had an annual camp out with his dad and his brothers, Gary and Lee, and he even traveled from Kentucky to go camping and four-wheeling.

David is survived by his dad, Gordon Paustian of Baker City; his brother-in-law, Lee Fuge of Canby; his sister, Carrol Titus and her husband, Bob, of Prairie City; his sister, Tammy Zemmer of Baker City; his brother, Gary Paustian and his wife, Sherri, of Nampa, Idaho; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins, and his four-legged family member, Bo.

He was preceded in death by his mom, Fay Paustian; and his oldest sister, Rene’ Fuge.

Memorial contributions in David’s memory can be made to the charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814. To light a candle in memory of David go to www.grays

Jesse Baxter

Formerly of Halfway and Baker City, 1988-2019

Jesse Lynn Baxter, 30, formerly of Halfway and Baker City, died suddenly on Feb. 7, 2019, at Pendleton.

A celebration of Jesse’s life will take place Saturday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Harvest Christian Church, 3720 Birch St. in Baker City. Friends are invited to join the family for a potluck reception at the church immediately following the service.

Jesse Lynn Baxter was born on March 20, 1988, at Sitka, Alaska, to Dan and Melody Baxter. She spent her first four years of life at Sitka, commercial fishing on the family fishing boat, Venus. The family moved to Halfway where she was homeschooled along with her five younger siblings until her high school years when she took art, Spanish and writing at Pine-Eagle High.

From an early age Jesse was a natural at almost everything she did. She thrived in sports, winning Best All-Around Gymnast at her very first gymnastic meet in Burns at the age of 8, and went on to win two state titles in her teen years; one with the Baker City girls all-star softball team, another with the Pine-Eagle girls basketball team. Jesse’s other passions included scrapbooking, writing poems and life experiences — she loved documenting everything. She would spend hours making photo collages of her friends and family that covered her walls.

She had the biggest heart you could imagine, and always was overly generous. Giving gifts was the highlight of her life. Even when she had little to give, she would take time to make something herself and you could always feel how much of her heart really went into it, it was all personal with Jesse, no matter who or what, she truly cared.

She attended EOU after receiving her GED in 2005. She left college early to care for her grandma, Helen Baxter, who was fighting cancer.

This was the beginning of Jesse’s passion of caring for the elderly. Jesse always had the biggest heart, taking care of everyone else first, her five siblings, animals, anything with a pulse, she was saving it. She worked the next few years in assisted living centers following her grandma’s passing.

Jesse loved the beach, sun and the ocean. She wasn’t fond of winters but always thrived when the sun was shining warm. She loved sand, collected it and would bring it home from every family vacation. The beach was her happy place.

Jesse always wanted to be a mother and have a family. At the age of 25 she was blessed with the most beautiful baby boy, Taylor John Baxter, who was the joy of her life. In her last few years she met the love of her life and fiancé, Marcus Allen Nelson. They had a home together in Pendleton and had plans to be married in the near future.

Jesse was preceded in death by her grandma, Helen Baxter; her grandparents, Gilbert and Gail Meyer; her pastor, Bob Benton; and her friend and brother-at-heart, Taylor Royce Wood.

Jesse is survived by her son, Taylor Baxter; her fiancé, Marcus Nelson; and her beloved family, parents Dan and Melody Baxter, siblings, Josh, Callie, Abby, Ben and Sam Baxter; along with many extended relatives, grandparents, aunts, uncles, beloved cousins and friends.

Thank you all for your love and support. Rest easy, our beautiful Jesse, her family said.

Those who would like to make a donation in memory of Jesse may do so to help with service expenses, or for Taylor’s future, through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com

Raymond Read

Baker City, 1937-2019

Raymond Leon Read, 81, of Baker City, died in the early morning hours of Feb. 2, 2019.

A celebration of his life will take place in May 2019 at Stices Gulch south of Baker City.

Ray was born on May 6, 1937, at Wallowa to Clyde Raymond and AEtna (Breshears) Read. They lived on their farm on Jim Town Road. A sister, Phyllis, was born and joined the family. Some years later the family moved to La Grande where a second sister, Kathleen, was born. Ray was adventurous. He put up a Tarzan swing, caught crawdads, and hooky bobbed. He loved cars and became a knowledgeable mechanic working in a local garage. Ray graduated from La Grande High School with the Class of 1955.

Shortly after graduation Ray enlisted in the Navy and proudly served his country from January 1956 to December 1960. Ray married Cherin Lay, and while in the Navy they lived in San Diego. To this union four children were born: a son, Tony; a daughter, Sheri Rae; a twin daughter, Terri Dawn, who died at birth; and a son, Raymond, who died as a toddler.

After Ray completed serving in the Navy, the family moved to La Grande and then to Emmett, Idaho, where Ray worked for Albertsons. Ray and Cherin divorced. In 1970, Ray married Ronda Griner. Ronda and her daughter, Shelley, completed Ray’s family. Ray loved his family, keeping them in his heart.

They moved to Stices Gulch on Dooley Mountain out of Baker City, building a home that displayed Ray’s artistry with nature. Rocks of all sizes were incorporated to form walls and other features. Ray’s creative skill with rock, wood, and nature was well-known by family and friends. This property was sold, and they moved up on Stices Gulch where Ray had many friends who helped and enjoyed each other’s company in work and play. Ray was always ready to help.

Ray loved to commune with nature — feeding birds and deer, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and hiking. Family fondly remembers hikes into Bucket Lake.

Ray and Ronda divorced. Ray lived in Stices Gulch grooming and enjoying his property, always welcoming visitors until his death. It was his heaven on earth.

Ray reacquainted with a friend from high school, Sylvia. Their friendship was special.

Ray is survived by his son, Tony (Nadya) Read of Oak Harbor, Washington; his daughters, Sheri Rae Read of Bellingham, Washington, and Shelley (John) Dollar of Baker City; his sisters, Phyllis (Russ) Rhodig of Caldwell, Idaho, and Kathleen Smith of Baker City; his grandchildren, Adam (Linsey) Putich of Edmonds, Washington, Aaron (Megan) Penrose of Bellingham, Andrew Putich of Bellingham, Allen Putich of Sedro-Woolley, Washington, Danielle (Alex) Hansen of Boise, and Kenny (Brittany) Keister of Baker City. Ray is also survived by four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and AEtna Read.

The family wishes to thank all the medical staff who worked professionally on Ray’s behalf, and Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel for their helpfulness and kindness.

Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Ray to Best Friends of Baker City through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.