Robert “Bob” Turner, 79, of Baker City, Oregon, passed away Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at his home following a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Bob was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 11, 1941, to Yoland Jensen Turner and Glen James Turner. He grew up in Salt Lake City and after graduating high school he followed his love of horses and began training horses in Utah and then Idaho. There he met and married Jill Mathews of Buhl, Idaho on May 2, 1971.
Bob and Jill settled in Baker City in 1971. He began working as a floor coverings installer and supported his family by this trade. He always enjoyed raising and training horses, Quarter Horses and Appaloosas were his love. Bob and Jill traveled around the country showing horses in both halter and performance. He raised and trained several horses over his career with which he earned several Championships. They built their 15-acre horse ranch outside of Baker City over the decades, where Jill still resides. One special enjoyment of the couple was their work with the Wishing Star Foundation, where they donated stud fees to help raise money for the organization. Bob also supported the Appaloosa Horse Club by working as a Certified Pedigree Option (CPO) Inspector in the 1990’s.
In 2005, Bob was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. As the disease progressed, he gradually began to retire from the floor coverings industry and enjoyed his time on his ranch with Jill.
Bob is survived by his wife Jill, sons Clint Anderson and Brian Anderson, and daughters, Angie Turner, Lacey Risdal, and Haley (Troy) Drinkard. His grandchildren are Tyler, Kamryn, and Tristyn Anderson, Taylor Devine, Karlie, Hallie, and Mylee Anderson, Jordynn and Lance Risdal, and Colton and Braden Drinkard.
Donations in Bob’s name can be made to the Wishing Star Foundation at wishingstar.org.
A private family service will be held at a later date.