OBITUARY: Joseph Martin Tye

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Dec. 30, 1961 – Jan. 29, 2013

Joseph “Joe” Martin Tye, a native of Enterprise where he lived most of his life, died Jan. 29, 2013, in Lewiston, Idaho, at the age 51.

He was born in Enterprise to Ronald and Jane Tye, the eighth of nine children. He lived on Alder Slope throughout his youth with his parents, brothers and sisters.

Growing up with all those siblings, he never lacked someone to play ball with or go to the “Big” ditch or the mountain.

He helped with haying, pipe setting and chores as a youngster.

A varsity basketball player, Joe graduated from Enterprise High School in 1980. Joe enjoyed deer and elk hunting and fishing.

Joe joined the U.S. Navy in 1982. He completed Equipment Operator Class “A” school, became part of the Seabees and traveled to various countries, including Japan and Spain, working on heavy construction projects. While in the Navy, Joe received the Service Deployment Ribbon, the Navy Expert Ribbon (with a pistol), National Defense Ribbon, and was qualified with an M l6 rifle receiving a Sharpshooter medal.

Joe returned to Wallowa County after being honorably discharged from the Navy. He worked in logging and ranching.

He had a great sense of humor, a lot of patience and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He loved children, and enjoyed all of his nieces and nephews when they would come to visit.

In July 1988 Joe’s life changed forever, when he was in a car accident that left him with a brain injury. After the accident, he resided with his parents on Alder Slope for 24 years until the time of his mother’s death in October 2012.

Before the accident he had met Laura Brown, the love of his life, who remained close to him even after the accident.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Jane Tye, and sister, Ruth Wright.

He is survived by his father, Ronald Tye; brothers and spouse, Randy Tye and John and Terri Tye; sisters and their spouses, Rose and Baron Preston, Ronda English, Roberta and Jeff Sorn, Rene’ and Ron Layton, and Loretta Tye; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Community Connections, STF Transportation,702 NW First St. Enterprise, OR 97828.

Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at St. Katherine’s Catholic Church in Enterprise, with interment to follow at Alder Slope Cemetery.

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