Norman Proffitt, 84, of Baker City, Oregon passed away on July 3, 2020, at his residence. Due to ongoing COVID restrictions, a private family funeral service will be held with Pastor Tim Fisher from the Elkhorn Baptist Church in Baker City officiating the service. Friends of the family and family members who are unable to attend the service may watch the service on the Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Grayswest/ on July 9, 2020, beginning at 11:00 AM. A public reception will be held beginning at 12:30 PM also on July 9, 2020, at David and Julie Mespelt's residence at 625 Washington Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
Norman was born on January 16, 1936, in Loudon, Tennessee to Bessie Mae (Brown) Proffitt. He joined the United States Navy (Sea Bee’s) before graduating high school and served his country for four years as a CD3 and an EOH3. After his honorable departure from the military, he used his experience to become a heavy equipment operator at Burnt River Lumber Company and Ellingson Lumber Company for 39 years, retiring in 1995. After his retirement he continued to operate heavy equipment because he enjoyed it so much; there wasn’t a piece of heavy equipment Norman couldn’t operate.
Norman married Betty (Messer) Proffitt in Weiser, Idaho on July 23, 1963; they were married for over 55 years before she passed away in 2019. Together they raised six rowdy boys Charlie, Larry, David, Bob, Thomas, and Norman Jr. Betty and Norman did everything in life as a team. He enjoyed many hobbies such as prospecting, taking rides in the mountains, trips to the coast, huckleberry picking, snowmobiling, and sledding. Norman also loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was a simple, straight forward, hardworking man with a love for his wife and boys that could not be topped. He took pride in teaching the boys numerous life skills including impeccable work ethic and a strong handshake. The boys grew to love the same hobbies as Norman; camping, hunting, fishing, wood-working, mushroom hunting, and causing a little ruckus every now and then. Norman had a tough exterior but his heart would melt for his wife Betty. He was adored by many and will be greatly missed.
Norman is survived by his sons Charlie (Kim) Mespelt of Baker City, Oregon, Larry Mespelt of Clarkston, Washington, David (Julie) Mespelt of Baker City, Oregon, Bob (Arletta) Mespelt of Dunseith, North Dakota, Norman (Jessie) Proffitt Jr. of Rock Springs, Wyoming. He is also survived by his in-laws Denny (Bonnie) Messer of Lebanon, Oregon, Bonnie Arthur of Baker City, Oregon, and Cindy Hoskins of Baker City, Oregon, and 13 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wife Betty Proffitt, his son Thomas Mespelt, his mother Bessie Proffitt, his siblings Elsie Mclintock, Dorothy Cassidy, Gene Proffitt, and his in-laws Oather Messer, Mable Rose, and Faye Messer.
Memorial contributions may be made to DAV (Disabled American Veterans) through Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel at 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
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