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Dean Franklin Spence

April 14, 1937 ~ October 21, 2021 (age 84)

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Dean Franklin Spence, 84, of Baker City, Oregon passed away on October 21, 2021, at his residence.  A memorial service with military honors will be held on Friday, November 12, 2021, at 11:00 AM, at the Harvest Church. 3720 Birch St., Baker City, Oregon 97814.  Following the service, a reception will be held at the Harvest Church Fellowship Hall.

He was born April 14, 1937, in Watford City, North Dakota, to John William and Hilda Ida Amy (Anderson) Spence.

In the early 1940’s Dean moved with his family to Buckley, Washington, where his Dad worked in the shipyards in Tacoma, Washington, supporting the World War II effort.   After the war, the Spence family moved to Hubbard, Oregon, located in the Willamette Valley. Dean had many fond memories of growing up on their farm with his four other brothers, one older and three younger.

Dean graduated from the first graduating class of North Marion High School, Class of 1955.  Following high school, he served with the National Guard and later became a custom house builder in the Canby, Oregon, region.

Dean met the love of his life, Bonnie Mae Payton, who he married on September 4, 1987.  They opened and operated Spence Industrial Supply and Rental in Baker City, Oregon, which has been in operation for nearly 40 years.

Faith was an integral part of Dean’s life.  He was an active member of the Harvest Church and Agape Church.  He attended bible study and prayer meetings several times a week.  He loved to travel and visited Israel twice. Dean was kindhearted and generous to everyone he met, and he never knew a stranger.

In addition to his parents, Dean was preceded in death by his wife Bonnie, brothers James, John, and David Spence, children Wanda Spence Dickson and Kevin Hastie.  He is survived by his brother Richard (Dianne) Spence, and children Diana Spence Rowley, Daron Spence, Greg Sharp, Janna Spence Bishop, and Bonnie’s children.  Dean leaves behind many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Memorial contributions in honor of Dean may be made to Compassion International or to the Idaho Youth Ranch through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel at 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR  97814. 







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Memorial Service
November 12, 2021

11:00 AM
Harvest Church (Mount Hope Cemetery, U.S)

Video is available for this event

November 12, 2021

12:00 PM
Harvest Church Fellowship Hall

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