Martha Jane Spratling


With profound sadness the passing of Martha Jane Spratling, 91, on Sept. 3, 2021, was announced.

As per her request there will be no funeral, with the interment being private.

Martha was born on July 19, 1930, in the Baker Valley to Harold and Jennie Colvin. Martha grew up on the family farm.

She attended Eastern Oregon College and met her first husband, Paul Jacobs, while working there. After their marriage they continued to work there and run the family farm. They then moved to full time ranching. After Paul’s death, Martha continued to run the ranch until she met Max Spratling. Martha and Max ran the ranch until his death. She retired at the age of 80 years. Martha remained on the family farm until her death.

Martha was very involved and held many offices in the Chamber of Commerce, Cowbelles, and Oregon Cattlemen’s Association. She was also a supporter of local youth participation in livestock shows and rodeos.

Martha is survived by her nephews, Robert, and Richard Knowles and his wife, Siobhan; her great-niece, Brenna Warburton and her husband, Bill, and their children, Vivian and William.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Lavelle; her first husband, Paul; and her second husband, Max.

Contributions in her name can be made to a charity of your choice through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place Street, Baker City, OR 97814. To light a candle in memory of Martha Jane, go to

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