Wayne Eugene Morin, 88, of Hereford, Oregon, passed away on July 2, 2021, at his residence. A memorial service with military honors will be held on Friday, July 9. 2021, at 2:00 PM at Coles Tribute Center with Pastor Ryan Fite Officiating the service. A reception will be held directly following the service at Coles Tribute Center 1950 Place St., Baker City, Oregon.
Wayne was born February 15, 1933, to Vernell and Velma (Boyer) Morin on a ranch in Baker Valley.
He attended the Big Flat School up to the fifth grade, he then moved to Hereford Union High School in Hereford where he graduated in 1951. He was active in Football, Basketball, Track & 4-H. With an eye on a future of ranching, he attended Oregon Technical Institute in Klamath Falls where he took a variety of classes in mechanics, welding, and carpentry.
In 1954 he was drafted into the Army. He did his basic training in Fort Ord, California as a member of the 63rd Infantry Regiment, and in El Paso, Texas where he trained on Anti-Aircraft. He then spent 21 months in Manheim, Germany as a Private in Anti-Aircraft Artillery.
In 1956 Wayne returned home to Hereford to work the ranch that he had been raised on.
He married Donna Beth Jenkins in 1960 at Mt. Hood, OR. They had two children, Waynette and Ralph.
Wayne bought the family ranch from his dad in 1966. In 1971 he began utilizing artificial insemination on his cow herd with Simmental bulls which developed a nice purebred and commercial herd.
The Morin Family Ranch was founded in 1901 received Century Ranch certification in 2006.
Wayne and Donna liked traveling and were able to enjoy a trip to Alaska and a trip to Europe where they spent time in Paris, Germany, and Switzerland. They got to spend some time on a few farms looking at cattle and enjoyed the sound of the cowbells echoing off the Alps.
Wayne served his community by being on the Burnt River and Baker County Weed Boards. And he spent several years as a member of the Burnt River School Board.
Wayne is survived by his brothers, John (Roberta) Morin and Arnold Morin; his sister Darlene (Jerry) Jenkins; his daughter Waynette Morin, son-in-law John Belveal; his son Ralph (Corina) Morin; grandchildren, Cody and Tyler Belveal, Ellie Morin, and Jessie, Jared and Hailey Ocacio; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Vernell and Velma Morin, his wife Donna Morin, and sisters Mildred Winward and Elaine Dalgliesh.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Shriner's Children's Hospital through Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel at 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
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