Baker City, Oregon
John Mankins, 50, of Baker City, died Jan. 12, 2007, at his home.
There will be no funeral.
John was born Nov. 23, 1956, at Braintree, England, to Peter Lee and Birgit Hansen Mankins. He worked as a mechanic first on airplanes and then on automotive and diesel engines.
As a young adult, John was working on his pilot’s license when he had an unfortunate motorcycle accident that left him with permanent disabilities.
He enjoyed spending most of his time watching drag races or NASCAR and racing his own car. He also was a sportsman and enjoyed fishing.
He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Survivors include his mother, Birgit Mankins of Baker City; Tami Mankins; sons, Jeremiah Mankins and his wife, Melissa, of Commerce, Okla., and Peter Mankins of Baker City; grandsons, Ryan and Kolton; a sister, Kirsten Michael, and her husband, Forrest, of Cherokee, Okla.; nephews, Eric and Stephen Michael of Oklahoma City, Okla.; an uncle, Billy; cousins in California; and aunts and uncles and their families in Denmark; and his beloved dog, Shadow.
John was preceded in death by his father, Peter Mankins.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Best Friends of Baker County, the American Lung Association or The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, January 19, 2007
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor