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Wayne Elmer Burnside

April 25, 1939 ~ September 15, 2021 (age 82)


Wayne Burnside, 82, of Baker City, Oregon, passed away on September 15th, 2021. 

Wayne was born to Elmer and Emily Burnside in 1939. He joined two older sisters and one brother. His younger brother Daryle came later. The family moved around until settling in Richland, Oregon. They then moved to Halfway Oregon, where Elmer purchased the local Stockman’s.

Elmer passed away in 1946, so the family moved to Baker City OR. Wayne attended Tiedaman Elementary school for six years before moving on to middle school. He joined the music program and became a proficient drummer. He continued on to high school playing music in the Marching Band, Pep Band and the Orchestra. Wayne purchased his first set of drums in the 9th grade and got together with the May brothers and formed a dance band. The band played for music venues all over Eastern Oregon for three years.

After high school, Wayne joined a country western band and played for many different occasions with many musicians. In 1957 he went to work for Jackson's food market and learned the meat cutting trade. Afterwards, Wayne went to work for Orlins Quality Meats.

In 1962 he married Barbara Gentry, and in 1965, they adopted Kevin, their son. Sadly, the marriage ended, but Wayne retained full custody of Kevin. Wayne purchased a small acreage on the edge of town and began raising cattle and crops. He later purchased Orlins Meats and ran a successful business while he continued to play music.

Wayne served his community on the Planning Commission and was a member of the Baker Elks for many years. In 1984, while recuperating after undergoing hip replacements, he decided to change careers. He went into real estate as a realtor and managed Orlins simultaneously, which he later sold.

Later in 1984, he met Linda Simonis Van Cleave. She and her three boys settled in on the farm. Wayne was a successful realtor for Century 21 for several years. He later switched to Intermountain Realty and was also a salesman of Fleetwood Homes. He developed many parcels of land.

In 1992 he underwent another hip surgery, but unfortunately developed an infection which caused him to retire. Him and Linda purchased a pontoon boat and spent many weekends boating and fishing all over Eastern Oregon with grandchildren and friends.

Wayne was a well-known poker player and could be found quite frequently attending poker games with his friends. He took great care of his home and loved football, baseball and basketball.

He is survived by his wife Linda, his son Kevin O'Brien and Linda's children Chris and Jeremy Van Cleave, Sister Darlene (Wayne) Of Mead, WA, and many nieces and nephews and cousins.

Wayne is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Patricia Brooks, brother Daryle Burnside and a son Benjamin Van Cleave.

A celebration of his life will be scheduled for a later date and will be announced closer to that time.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Heart ‘n home Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to Best Friends of Baker through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel at 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR. 97814.

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