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George Kent Hettinga

November 1, 1944 ~ May 29, 2022 (age 77)

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George “Kent” Hettinga passed away at his family cabin on Rudio Mountain on May 29, 2022.

Kent was a fourth-generation descendant of Dayville homesteaders, Gaynon and John Campbell Martin.

He grew up and graduated from Dayville School. He loved sports and participated and lettered in basketball and baseball.

After high school, he attended Eastern Oregon University and worked summers for the State Fire Patrol in Dayville under Big Paul Grindstaft.  He served in the Army from 1966 to 1968.

He worked on the Munro Ranch until he moved to Portland for a short time with his brother Chet, where he worked as a car salesman. In 1969 he moved to Pendleton where his brother Pete was going to college and started employment with the Pendleton Grain Growers, where he worked for 38 years until his retirement in 2007.

In 1989 he married his soulmate, Linda. He enjoyed working on his cattle ranch on McKay Creek, being around all his animals, and was especially fond of and always had to have his canine companion by his side. He was an avid hunter and loved to reminisce about past hunts. He grew to love the memories more than the hunting itself; Camping with his children and their families brought him great pleasure, especially if he could take them on an ATV excursion; he loved to fish and always anticipated the next yearly Hettinga bass fishing trip and what lures he should take. The Hettinga cabin was special to him and he spent any time he could there. He married Linda on the cabin front porch 33 years prior on the day he passed.

The Hettinga family would like to thank all of Kent’s extended family and many friends for sharing and being part of his life. He touched many with his kindness and wonderful sense of humor. He will forever be missed.

He is survived by his wife Linda, children Robin Hettinga (Blanca), Julie Baratone, Jaimi Nye (Brent), Brothers Chester and Peter, sister Vonda, and many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Kent will be laid to rest in the Hettinga Family plot at the Dayville Cemetery.

There will be a graveside service for family and close friends at 11:00 June 25th with a celebration of life immediately following at the residence of Matt Hettinga in Dayville.

Should friends and family desire, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice through Driskill Memorial Chapel at 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

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Graveside Service
June 25, 2022

11:00 AM
Dayville Cemetery
Hwy 26
Dayville, OR 97825

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