Michael C. Fordice, 42, of Salem, a former Baker City resident, died Nov. 17, 2006, as the result of a motorcycle accident.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Burns Mortuary in Hermiston. There will be a graveside service at 2 p.m. Friday at North Powder.
Mike was born on April 23, 1964, at Baker City to Willard and Judy Fordice. He was a 1982 Hermiston High School graduate. He married Becky Bunch on Oct. 12, 1985. They were later divorced.
Mike was a very talented mechanic and car and motorcycle painter. He was known to many as “Torch Fordice” for the realistic flames he could paint by hand on vehicles and motorcycles.
Mike was also known as “Batman” in the motorcycle racing community. Mike and his family were very proud of his many accomplishments. He was division champion and qualified to race at nationals in Pomona, Calif. Mike would want to be remembered for his work and to let his many paint schemes and racing titles speak for him.
Mike was a member of the Hermiston Eagles Lodge, No. 2909. He was extremely close to his two nephews, Dusty and Tyler Fordice.
Survivors include his parents, Willard and Judy Fordice; his brother, Robert “Bob” Fordice; his sister-in-law, Di Fordice; nephews, Dusty Fordice and Tyler Fordice; grandmothers, Lela Fordice of Baker City and Grace Rowett of North Powder; and several aunts and uncles and numerous cousins.
Memorial contributions may be made to the SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) program in care of the Hermiston Eagles Lodge, P.O. Box 144, Hermiston, OR 97838.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, November 21, 2006
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor