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Baker City, Oregon
Garn Anderson Brady, 79, of Baker City, died May 8, 2001, at his home of natural causes.
His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Visitations will be until 7 o’clock tonight at Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., and preceding the funeral on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the church. Vault interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded by Baker City Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3048, and the Oregon Army National Guard.
Mr. Brady was born on Nov. 21, 1921, at Buhl, Idaho, the third child of Lehi Hugh and Flossie Anderson Brady. He was born into a loving home in which the principles of honesty and hard work were lived and taught, and they became the hallmarks of his own life.
He spent most of his early years in Virginia, Idaho, where he was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He remained a faithful member throughout his life.
As a young man, he progressed through several ranks of Boy Scouts, and his Scouting experiences helped develop his creativity, resourcefulness, and ability to work with his hands. Throughout his life, he was always observing, learning, and figuring out how to make things better.
He attended Utah State Agricultural College (now Utah State University) and Brigham Young University before enlisting in the Naval Air Corps during World War II. He was commissioned an ensign and trained as a torpedo bomber pilot.
He met Marian Stratford Hyde of Washington, D.C., on Christmas Day 1945. They were married on July 9, 1948, at the LDS temple in Logan, Utah. They became the parents of five children: Suzanne, Ruth, Scott, Robert, and Rebecca.
Except for two years in California, the Bradys lived and farmed in Idaho and Oregon, settling in July 1960 in Baker City, where they opened the first Arctic Circle Drive-In in Oregon.
The drive-in (Happy Burger since 1981) has been in continuous operation in the family for nearly 41 years, affording the Brady children, and now some of the grandchildren, an opportunity to learn to work and interact with the public.
In addition to the drive-in, Mr. Brady also was engaged in farming work which he loved and from which he never retired.
Mr. Brady was preceded in death by his parents, a baby sister, and an infant grandson.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 53 years; their five children; 21 grandchildren; and his two older sisters and two younger brothers.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Benson Agricultural Institute at Brigham Young University, which teaches improved farming techniques to people in third-world countries, through the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 18, 2001
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor