C. Kaye McAtee was born on November 29, 1932, in Pendleton, Oregon, to parents Cyril G. and Doris Done McAtee. He died on October 27, 2018, at his home in Echo, Oregon, at the age of 85 years.
Kaye was raised in Pendleton and then Echo, Oregon, where he attended school and graduated in the class of 1950. He served in the United States Army and was stationed in Alaska until his honorable discharge when he returned to Echo, Oregon.
Kaye attended Oregon State for a year before transferring to Oregon Tech, where he earned his bachelor of science in agriculture. He was united in marriage to Jessie Boyer on June 18, 1959, in Pasco, Washington. They leased and operated a farm outside of Echo, Oregon, and helped other area farmers with custom harvesting for many years until he went to work for Glenn Rohde’s farm, where he was still working at the time of his death.
He enjoyed fishing, sports, working and visiting with family and friends. Kaye was involved in many community organizations, including serving on the Echo School Board for over 25 years, Echo Fire Dept. Board, Echo Cemetery Board, Little League president and coach. He received the Conservationist of the Year award in 1972 for his farming practices. Kaye had an extraordinary memory with a wealth of local history and knowledge that he was always excited to share.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jessie McAtee, Echo, Ore.; daughters Donna (Fred) Bradbury, Pendleton, Ore., Brenda (Larry) Hunter, Echo, Ore., and Pamela Haney, Baker City, Ore.; sons Ted (Sharon) McAtee, Pendleton, Ore., Robert (BJ) McAtee, Echo, Ore., and Scott McAtee, Pilot Rock, Ore.; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Kaye was preceded in death by his parents, son Greg McAtee, grandson Tyler Campbell, and a brother, Larry McAtee.
A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, November 9, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at Burns Mortuary chapel, Hermiston, Oregon. Burial with military honors will follow at the Echo Cemetery, Echo, Oregon.
Those who wish may make contributions in Kaye’s memory to the Tyler Campbell Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, P.O. Box 289, Hermiston, OR 97838.
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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon, is in care of arrangements.