Derrick Kyle Guthrie, 24, known by his many friends as “Guff,” died Aug. 12, 2007, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
Friends and family will gather at Wade Williams Field from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday to celebrate his life.
Derrick was born on June 10, 1983, at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande to Steven A. and Carol I. Guthrie. He was raised in Baker City and was a 2001 graduate of Baker High School, where he played football and baseball.
While growing up, Derrick played Little League and Babe Ruth baseball. He was picked as an all-star several years running.
He was an avid outdoorsman sharing with his many friends and family motorcycling, snowmobiling, snowboarding, jet skiing, baseball, football, skateboarding, and outdoor parties.
Derrick was employed by Columbia Basin Helicopters in many phases of the company. He was learning to fly helicopters and was getting ready to go to school for his pilot’s license.
His family asks that Derrick be remembered “as a person who loved life and everything that went with it, living it to the fullest with a smile.”
Survivors include his parents, Steven A. and Carol I. Guthrie; a brother, Brandon Levi Guthrie; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and many, many friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Marion Guthrie, Cherie Mae Buoy and Wayland Laban Buoy; and a sister, Amy Annette Guthrie.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to a memorial fund in his name through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, August 15, 2007
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor