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H. Bruce Stark

September 14, 1930 — November 22, 2014

H. Bruce Stark, age 84, of La Grande, died November 22, 2014 at his home. No public services will be held.

Bruce was born on September 14, 1930, the son of Harry Barber and Lucy (Levering) Stark in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from Chaffey Union High School in 1948. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Redlands in 1954, playing varsity football while he attended, and in 1962, he earned his Master's in Education degree from California State University - Los Angeles. On September 1, 1951 he married Nancy Ruth Stair in San Dimas, California. Their cherished daughter, Catherine Elizabeth, was born on Bruce's birthday in 1952, and they shared many special birthdays together. Bruce and Nancy both taught school in California and in the 1960s moved to southern Oregon and continued teaching. Bruce retired in 1991 after teaching for 39 years. In 1995 they moved to Cove and in August 2012 they moved to La Grande. Bruce was active with the Butte Falls Lions Club and when they moved to Union County he was active with the Good Sam Club and the Union County Search & Rescue. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening and working on old cars. He always had at least one project in the works and loved best to be working outside and alongside his family. He was very involved with the lives of his daughter and grandchildren, helping them learn to ride horses, downhill ski, work with wood, collect stamps, and to always work diligently at everything.

Survivors include his grandchildren, Beth Koza of Cove and Robert Coleman of Redmond, Washington, five great grandchildren and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, Barber Lee Stark in 1980, his daughter, Catherine Stark Coleman in 1999, and his wife Nancy on April 8, 2014.

Those who wish may make contributions in his memory to the Glenhaven Youth Ranch, 748 Glenhaven Road, Plainview, AR 72857-9623.


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