Gary 'Snuffy' Sirrine

Gary “Snuffy” Earl Sirrine, 71, of Elgin, died Dec. 25, 2019, at a hospice care facility in La Grande. A memorial service will be held in the spring.

Known as Snuffy, he was born in 1948 to Florence Anna (Scott) Shaffer and LaMar Earl Sirrine.

Snuffy loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. Due to his many years as a logger and trail maker, he was very knowledgeable about the trees and wildlife in the area. He operated various rock crushers, skidders and loaders, and ran his own logging business at one time. Snuffy was a sports fan and enjoyed reading Westerns and sci-fi novels. He also enjoyed playing pool and card games and socializing with his family and friends.

In his lifetime Snuffy went on many adventures, such as trying for a state championship in football, gold mining in California, stock car racing, visiting Arizona and the Redwoods, and even surviving breaking his neck in a car accident.

Snuffy considered many family whether they were blood related or not. He was devoted to his friends and family and loved his children and grandchildren deeply. He was often laughing, teasing and joking. Snuffy was an all-around handyman who helped with car or home repairs, building fences, or cutting wood, and he was always there when anyone needed him.

He leaves behind his beloved lifelong friends Nora Pearl and Leo Kepplinger, and his dog, Wilbur.

Surviving relatives include his daughter, Desta Lee Sirrine of Salem; stepchildren and their spouses, Nora Jo “Joie” and Kelly Becker and Billy Duane and Janice Lanning of Blue River; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; siblings and spouses, Bruce Lee and Kathy Sirrine, Pamela Sue and Gordon Rhine of Stanfield, Glen Allen Sirrine, Terri Lynn Sebastian, and Teresa “Tess” Marietta Wagner; stepfather, Larry Shaffer; uncles and aunts, Albert “Dutch” and Maxine Scott of Wallowa, Beverly Jacobs of Arizona, Alberta “Mert” and Loren Eckstein, and Ione and Charlie Hobbick; many cousins, nieces and nephews; and former spouse, Terria Lee Tucker.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepson, Jeremiah “Maya” Adam Johnston; and sister and brother-in-law, Tonja Ann and Bob Gruis.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 4380 SW Macadam Ave., #210, Portland 97239, or the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, 5705 Grant Creek, Missoula, MT 59808.

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