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Bailey, Bart – Obituary

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Baker City, Oregon

Bart Bailey, 20, of Baker City died June 24, 2002, at Grand Junction, Colo., of injuries sustained in a traffic accident while en route to the Hayman fire near Denver to work as a firefighter with Grayback Forestry Inc.

His Celebration of Life service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Pastors Lenny Spooner and Mark Trancale of the Nazarene Church will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception at the Nazarene Church after the service.

Bart moved with his family to Baker City at the age of 2. He was a 2000 graduate of Baker High School. He recently completed his sophomore year at Oregon State University in Corvallis where he was majoring in civil engineering. He also was a residential assistant for his dorm, sang in a men’s choir and was involved in Real Life.

Bart enjoyed fishing, hiking, tennis, basketball and other outdoor activities. He loved music, sang in a band in college and enjoyed participating in drama. Along with numerous high school productions, he also was active in church drama in Corvallis along with his girlfriend, Colsey Bittner of West Linn.

Bart loved the Lord, his family and friends and was an inspiration to all who knew him. He accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior from the time he asked him into his heart at age 6. Because Jesus was Lord of his life, he set an example of truly loving others, doing his best in everything and spreading the good news of Jesus’ love and forgiveness by the way he lived his life.

His family said: “We believe God’s word, the Holy Bible, as it says in Romans 8:28 that ‘All things work together for good for those who love and serve the Lord and are called according to his purpose.’ Even now, God will turn this tragedy for good and Bart will not have died in vain.”

Survivors include his mother, Carla Schafer Bailey, father and stepmother, Jerry and Nancy Bailey, and twin sister, Brandy Ann Bailey, all of Baker City; a brother, Joe Bailey of Nutley, N.J.; stepbrother, Tyler Frakes of Eugene; grandparents, Lester and Charlotte Schafer of Council, Idaho, and Willis and Barbara Bailey of Joseph; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family suggests memorial contributions in honor of Bart Bailey be directed to the Baker High School drama or music departments through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, June 28, 2002
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor

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