Greg Becker, 44, died Nov. 10, 2008, after a two-year battle with brain cancer. He passed quietly at Wallowa Memorial Hospital with friends and family around him.
Greg was born July 5, 1964 in Ontario, Ore. to Bud and Nita Becker. He grew up in the Ontario and Vale areas of eastern Oregon.
Greg loved horses. He began his relationship with horses early, learning horsemanship and working with them with his dad on the family ranch "Westfall" in Vale. Greg was always proud of the fact that the Westfall had been in the family since the days of the Pony Express, when Charlie Becker - a rider for the Express - owned it.
Greg's reputation as a horse trainer and reiner was well known in eastern Oregon, and was beginning to reach beyond Wallowa County. He was a member of The Snake River Reining Alliance and had won many awards for his reining abilities and training techniques.
Before becoming a full-time horse trainer, Greg worked for RY Timber Company for eight years and then drove "The Big Beer Truck" for P & E Distributing out of Baker for seven years.
Although Greg loved working with horses, his first love was his family. He married June Gorbett, Sept. 16, 2006, and they made their home in rural Enterprise.
Greg was a loving father, stepfather, and grandfather who possessed an expansive sense of humor. He often referred to his and June's five and one half acre spread as "The Beckerosa," and during his battle with cancer he often responded to the greeting "Good to see you" with "It's good to be seen."
Greg was a good neighbor to all and never hesitated to offer a helping hand, often going out of his way to help anyone in need. He was very well thought of in the county and will be sorely missed.
Greg is survived by his wife, June, his children Kirstin Lopez and Sarah Becker of Twin Falls, Idaho, his stepchildren, Jessica, Ashley and Tristan Morehouse of Enterprise; his sisters, Paula of Alaska, Jayleen of Prineville, Tammy of Ariz., Lee of Ontario; and brother Allen of Atlanta, Ga. Four grandchildren, Shyanne, Kamia, Antonio and Greyer of Twin Falls, Idaho, also survive him. His mother and father, Bud and Nita Becker, preceded him in death.
A memorial service was held at Enterprise Baptist Church on Monday, Nov. 17.
Contributions may be sent to the Bollman Funeral Home at 315 W. Main St., Enterprise, OR 97828.