Baker City, Oregon
Eric S. Wright, 58, a longtime Baker City resident, died March 29, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
A private family service will be scheduled later.
Eric was born June 18, 1943, in Ontario to James and Opal (McClellan) Wright. The family moved to Baker City when he was a year old. Eric attended schools in Baker City and graduated from Baker High School. After graduation he attended Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, where he received his teaching certificate. He taught school at the Warm Springs Indian Reservation for a year before returning to Baker City.
He went to work for Basche-Sage Hardware Store. This is where he met his future wife, Christine Hansen. They were married in Baker City on April 16, 1977. He remained working at the hardware store until 1979, when he went to work for his father-in-law, Stephen Hansen, at the Liquor Store on Main Street. He then went to work as a manager at the Texaco Food Mart on Campbell Street, where he worked for 12 years.
Eric loved the outdoors, enjoyed fishing and was active in the 4-H program. He also served as a Scout leader, and he enjoyed the Oregon Coast.
He is survived by his wife, Christine Wright of Baker City; a daughter, Jessica Wright of La Grande; a son, Stephen Wright of Baker City; brother and sister-in-law, Rodrick and Susan Wright of Tucson, Ariz.; a sister-in-law, Erma Wright of Baker City; his mother-in-law, Elsie Hansen of Baker City; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Eric was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, James; a sister, Hannah Jo; and his father-in-law, Stephen Hansen.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of ones choice through the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, April 5, 2002
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor