Baker City, 1942-2019
Donald M. “Don” Nice, 77, of Baker City, died Dec. 18, 2019, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City.
There will be a public celebration of his life in the spring.
Donald was born on June 14, 1942, at La Grande. He was the only son of Malcolm and Joyce Nice. He spent his early years on the family farm at Wolf Creek along with his sisters, Geri and Ann.
Don attended all 12 years of schooling at North Powder graduating from Powder Valley High in 1960. While attending school, Don participated in many sports, especially basketball. That experience nurtured a lifelong love of sports. Don was also active in FFA.
After high school, Don worked many years farming his own land and also working for other ranchers in the area. He raised cattle and sheep while also growing grain and hay. He was especially knowledgeable about cattle.
Don met and married the love of his life, Cynthia, in 1978. Cynthia and her two children, Shantel and Jason, moved from Louisiana to North Powder. They lived several years on Wolf Creek while Don continued farming and also working at the lumber mill in North Powder.
When the mill closed, Don became employed at Marvin Wood Product in Baker City. Cynthia fell ill and passed away in 2005. Both Don and Cynthia had the love and support of family, friends and Marvin Wood employees during those difficult years.
Don missed Cynthia immensely but continued his life working at Marvin Wood Products, which he loved. He also continued his love of sports by watching or listening to every Blazer, Dodger, and Oregon State game that aired. Don enjoyed hunting and fishing as a young man. Later, he enjoyed just being in the woods picking berries and mushrooms while observing the wildlife.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Malcolm and Joyce Nice; and his wife, Cynthia.
Survivors include his sisters, Geri Dodge (Clint) and Ann, both of Portland; and Cynthia’s children, Shantel and Jason, in Louisiana.
Other immediate family include his beloved nieces and nephews: Debora Speciale (Jim), Bill Dodge (Deborah), Mike Dodge (Anne), Angie Nice, and Christy Clark (Richard) all of Portland.
Memorial contributions may be made to Baker County Meals on Wheels through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
To light a candle in memory of Don, or to leave a condolence for the family, go to www.grayswestco.com