Obituaries for the day of May 10, 2012
LOCAL FUNERALS AND VISITATIONS
May 11 — Maxine Chandler, memorial service, 2 p.m., Union Baptist Church; graveside service to follow, Island City Cemetery
May 11 — Barbara Miller, graveside service, 2 p.m., Hillcrest Cemetery
May 12 — Barbara Bare, celebration of life, 6 p.m., Island City City Hall; potluck follows
Scott Ferguson, 51, died May 6 at home in Baker City. A celebration of Scott’s life will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene. Friends are invited to join the family for a potluck reception at the New Life building adjacent to the Nazarene Church.
Scott Alan Ferguson was born Sept. 20, 1960, in Enterprise to Jack and Dixie Ferguson. The family left Enterprise, moving to La Grande. Scott attended first grade in La Grande. In 1968, the family moved to Baker City. He was raised in the country just outside of Baker City. He graduated from Baker High School in 1979.
Following high school, Scott joined the United States Marine Corps. When he returned home, he went to work for his father at Ferguson RV in Baker City. Scott married Traci Robinson in 1986 and they had one son, Tyler.
Scott went to work for the Baker County Sheriff’s Department in 1987, training at the police academy in Multnomah. During his time on the force, he worked with the entry team (drug busts) and enjoyed the work. He left the department in 1996. He then went to Portland and worked various jobs, returning to Baker City in 2002. In 2002 Scott took a dispatch position in the 9-1-1 center. Scott retired from dispatch September 2011.
Scott loved the outdoors, four-wheeling, hunting, fishing and camping. He participated in trap shoots in his youth and was very good, winning various awards. Scott enjoyed woodworking and reloading. His family said he was a “man of faith,” and lived it.
Those who knew him said he was a dependable friend and he loved pranks. He loved cooking, the hotter the better.
He loved teaching his son about everything that he loved, and was even more thrilled that his son took such an interest in those things as well. He loved spending time with his dog, Abby Jane.
He was preceded in death by his parents Jack and Dixie Ferguson.
Scott is survived by his son, Tyler; brother, Wade Ferguson of Oregon City; aunt and uncle, Bill and Connie Ferguson of Joseph; aunt and uncle, Audrey and Keith Best of Baker City; aunt, Joy Foltz of Baker City; uncle, Buck Hayden of La Grande; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker County Search and Rescue in care of Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home P.O. Box 543 Halfway, OR 97834.
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