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Donald M. Nice

June 14, 1942 ~ December 18, 2019 (age 77)

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Donald M. Nice, age 77, of Baker City passed away on December 18, 2019 at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City. 

Donald was born June 14, 1942 in LaGrande, Oregon.  He was the only son of Malcolm and Joyce Nice.  He spent his early years on the family farm on Wolf Creek along with his sisters, Geri and Ann.

Don attended all twelve years of schooling in North Powder graduating from Powder Valley High in 1960.  While attending school, Don participated in many sports, especially basketball.  That experience nurtured a life long love of sports.  Don was also active in FFA.

After high school, Don worked many years farming his own land and also working for other ranchers in the area.  He raised cattle and sheep while also growing grain and hay.  He was especially knowledgeable about cattle.

Don met and married the love of his life, Cynthia in 1978.  Cynthia and her two children, Shantel and Jason, moved from Louisiana to North Powder.  They lived several years on Wolf Creek while Don continued farming and also working at the lumber mill in North Powder.  When the mill closed, Don became employed at Marvin Wood Product in Baker City.  Cynthia fell ill and passed away in 2005.  Both Don and Cynthia had the love and support of family, friends and Marvin Wood employees during those difficult years.

Don missed Cynthia immensely but continued his life working at Marvin Wood Product, which he loved.  He also continued his love of sports by watching or listening to every Blazer, Dodger, and Oregon State game that aired.  Don enjoyed hunting and fishing as a young man.  Later, he enjoyed just being in the woods picking berries and mushrooms while observing the wild life.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Malcolm and Joyce Nice and his wife, Cynthia. 

Don is survived by his sisters, Geri Dodge(Clint) and Ann both from Portland and Cynthia's children, Shantel and Jason in Louisiana. 

Other immediate family include his beloved nieces and nephews:  Debora Speciale(Jim), Bill Dodge(Deborah), Mike Dodge(Anne), Angie Nice, Christy Clark(Richard) all from Portland.

A public celebration of life will be held in the spring.  Memorial contributions in memory of Don to can be made to Baker County Meals on Wheels through Gray's West & Company Pioneer Chapel at 1500 Dewey Avenue, Baker City, OR 97814.

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