Tracy Dean Heaps
Pendleton May 15, 1956-December 31, 2016


Tracy Dean Heaps, 60, of Pendleton died December 31, 2016, in Pendleton. A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 16, 2017, at the Salvation Army Church in Pendleton.

Tracy was born May 15, 1956, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Gene and Donna (Hardy) Heaps. He spent most of his life in the Pendleton and Pilot Rock area.

He enjoyed his work as a logger, working for various logging companies. He once owned and operated T. Heaps Logging Co.

From the 1970s until the 1990s he participated in rodeos all over Oregon and Washington, competing in bareback and bull riding and his favorite, saddle bronc riding. He also participated in wild horse racing and, in 1986, won the Pendleton Round-Up championship. He loved his family, music (Credence Clearwater Revival was his favorite) and horses. He had a huge heart and a great sense of humor.

Survivors include his children Janelle Heaps, Jayda Heaps, Cody Heaps and Colton Heaps; siblings Tauna Rowbury, Kathy Irwin-Svancara, Tammy Rowbury, Geri Rowbury-Kunz and Eddie Heaps; and stepmother Lois Heaps. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Brad Heaps.

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