HERMISTON - J.R. Warnock, 60, of Echo died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008, of a cerebral brain aneurysm at Good Shepherd Hospital in Hermiston. A celebration of life will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7 at the Pendleton Country Club, seven miles south of Pendleton on Highway 395.
Mr. Warnock was born Jan. 10, 1948, in Portland to Freilan and Helen Reece Warnock. They returned to Wallowa County where he went to school through first grade, then moved to Hermiston where he attended school and graduated in 1966. In 1968 he joined the Army and was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash.
He worked in the timber industry as an owner/operator for many years, during which time he competed in log truck driving contests and was named the World Champion Log Truck Driver. He became general manager of Busy Bee Trucking in 1980 and was an extraordinary salesman. He then went to work for Woodpecker Truck, where he again excelled in truck sales, and also served as president of the Oregon Log Truckers Association. He later became general manager of the Eagle Freightliner truck dealerships in Hermiston and La Grande.
During this time he reconnected with Mary Ann Broadfoot, whom he had first dated when they were teenagers. The couple was married in 1999 in Kona, Hawaii.
He was very involved in junior and high school rodeo and served as president of the Western States Rodeo Association. He enjoyed roping in his arena, and once roped a buck deer in the woods. He and Mary Ann also enjoyed golfing in couples tournaments, travel- ing in their motor home, fishing in Alaska and spending time with family in the home they built together in Echo.
Mr. Warnock is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Warnock of Echo; brother Jack Ingram of Arlington; sister Sandy Warnock of Joseph; daughter Sheri Wanous of Pendleton; son Steve Warnock of Stevensville, Texas; stepsons Bryan and Jason Broadfoot, both of Hermiston, and Jerod Broadfoot of Pendleton; and seven grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Safari Club International Hunter Defense Fund, 501 2nd St. N.E., Washington, D.C. 2002, or the OHSU Oregon Transplant Center, payable to OHSU Foundation, 1121 S.W. Salmon St., Ste. 200, Portland, OR 97205. Please note "In Memory of J.R. Warnock" for either contribution.