Eugene Davilla

Baker City, 1921-2019

Eugene Davilla, 97, of Baker City, died April 4, 2019, at the Ashley Manor care center.

Eugene had been a resident of Baker County for 52 years.

Per Gene’s request no formal services will be held. His family will have a celebration of his life this summer to spread his ashes on the family ranch.

He was born on June 10, 1921, in Contra Costa County, California, at the family ranch near Martinez to John Davilla, Jr and Alta Silva Davilla.

He attended school at Pleasant Hill and Concord, then went into ranching with his father, while also working in the trucking and construction industries in the Bay Area. He married Joan Frederick in Carson City, Nevada, and they ranched at Elk Creek, California, for 17 years. While in Elk Creek, Eugene also worked as a forklift driver at Setzer Forest Products and shod horses in the local area.

In 1967 the Davillas purchased their ranch in Oregon from Milton and Norma Prowell on Beaver Creek Road, where the family continues to ranch. He worked for 11 years at the Baker Auction calling pens for the pen riders, often working long into the night at the special feeder sales.

Gene liked horses and broke several to ride and work, the tougher the better! He took excellent care of his fences and his cattle, he believed that good fences made good neighbors. Although he lost his sight in 2004, he still stayed active taking walks and even continuing to cut some of his own firewood. He loved sitting on the front porch listening to the sounds of the ranch.

He is survived by his wife, Joan of Baker City; his daughters, Lynn Davilla of Redding, California, and Karen Dolven (Creig) of Payette, Idaho; his son, Larry Davilla (Tammy) of Baker City; his grandchildren, Kelly Rust (Tony) of Hillsboro, Jamie Yahne (Joe) of Gig Harbor, Washington, Ryan Davilla (Katy) of Baker City, Brandon Davilla (Stefani) of Roland, Arkansas, Colin Davilla of Baker City, Rylee Dolven of Moscow, Idaho, and Shyean Dolven of Las Cruces, New Mexico; and his six great-grandchildren, Trey Yahne, Roman Rust, Kaydance Davilla, Renzo Rust, Jazzie Yahne and Reins Davilla.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, John and Alta; his sister, Lena; and his brother, George.

Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

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