Charles P. “Pat” Shirtcliff, 61, a former Baker County resident, died Nov. 28, 2007, following an automobile accident.
He was born Feb. 9, 1946, in Roseburg to Sheila and Henry M. Shirtcliff. He grew up in Myrtle Creek, where he attended school. In 1964 he graduated from Myrtle Creek High School, where he participated in basketball, football, cross country, track, the Drama Club and many other activities. He also attended Oregon State University.
He married Beverly Tapp in 1966. They were married 22 years and had four children.
Pat served on the South Umpqua School Board during the 1980s while his children attended school there.
He was an office manager for construction companies and an insurance salesman for the Farm Bureau and other agencies.
He moved to Baker County during the 1970s and purchased an insurance agency owned by his friend Buck Buckner. It was here that he made lifelong friends, including Don Everson, and where he developed his interest in ranching and purchasing cattle from friends including Bob Thomas.
Pat became self-employed as a business owner and rancher and worked in real estate and land development.
He had recently semi-retired and moved to the Oregon Coast to enjoy being a fisherman, one of his favorite pastimes.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his son, Matt, as well as his many good hunting and fishing buddies.
Pat is survived by his son, Matt Shirtcliff, and his wife, Beth, of Baker City; daughter, Melody Cobb and her husband, Ben, of Tigard; daughter, Mindy Cockrell and her husband, Andy, of Richland, Wash.; their mother, Beverly Parsons of Roseburg; a brother, John Shirtcliff of Myrtle Creek; a special friend, JoAnn Williams of Myrtle Creek; and many other family members and friends.
Pat is also survived by eight grandchildren: Kylee, Danielle, Asa, Kara, Kaitlin, Spencer, Payton and Bennett.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Frank Shirtcliff; and a son, Mark Shirtcliff.
Services have been held.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, December 14, 2007
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor