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Donald R. Massey

July 21, 1958 ~ November 15, 2019 (age 61)


Donald Roy Massey, age 61, passed away at his home in Portland on November 15, 2019. 

Don was born July 21, 1958 in Baker, Oregon to Roy and Cheryl Heard Barnes.  He attended schools in Oregon and Washington ending up at Laurelhurst grade school in 6th grade and ending his high school years at Grant High in Portland.  He also took several classes at Portland State.  Don played piano by ear and even though he took piano lessons and could read music he preferred playing by ear as he could add all the extra notes.  In his teen years he also did some composing.

Don had an aptitude for solving problems and found he had a specialized understanding and knowledge of how industrial cranes operated.  He attended many classes throughout the U.S. furthering his knowledge in the latest technology of the building, maintenance and repair of industrial cranes.  He had a following and repaired, inspected, maintained and installed cranes at several large dams and industries throughout the Northwest.  Two of his favorite job sites were the Ford Motor Truck Plant in Mexico and the Port of Portland where he made many special friends.  He truly cared for all his clients and the people he worked with.   At his passing he was employed at Industrial Inspections Services as Senior Crane Technician and Project Manager in Longview, Washington. 

He had no need for material things but he did enjoy looking for a good bargain.   His idea of relaxation was studying and learning new things. Most of all he liked helping and encouraging someone in need.

Don was married to Carla Morgan Yates in 1981, they later separated. She proceeded him in death in 1998.   He is survived by his daughter Cassandra Lopez; grandchildren Karlita, Ernesto, Jennifer, Esperanza and Lydia; his mother Cheryl Craig and stepfather Lowell Craig; his sister and her husband Julie and Tim Kerns; and his stepmother Betty Barnes. He was preceded in death by his father Roy Barnes.

A private burial was held at the Haines Cemetery.  There will be a celebration of Don's life on July 18, 2020 in the Baker area. 

Memorial contributions in memory of Don can be made to the Haines United Methodist Church through Gray’s West & Company at 1500 Dewey Avenue, Baker City, OR 97814. He had a special connection to this church as his great-great grandparents were among the founders of it in 1893.

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