Gordon Eugene Colton, 82, a lifelong Baker City, Oregon resident, passed away September 3, 2022, surrounded by family.\nGordon was born October 5th, 1939, in Baker City, Oregon, at the Old St. Elizabeth Hospital to Charles Murdock and Dorothy Mae Colton. Growing up, he enjoyed anything to do with hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed playing basketball and was a traveling high school team member. He was a graduate of St. Francis Academy Class of 1958 and went on to build his legacy in Baker County, Oregon.\nAfter high school, he joined his father and brother in the family ranching business. He continued his ranching career through to his final years and took great pride in seeing his family follow in his footsteps as he instilled the love of the lifestyle in each of them. He spent most summers tending to the sheep camps in the West and East Eagle Mountains in addition to normal ranching duties.\nGordon took two years off from ranching to join the United States Army. Gordon served from January 1963 to December 1964. He attended basic training at Fort Ord in California. He was sent to Fort Sill in Oklahoma and became a forward observer for the artillery division. While working on a project, his Colonel observed his fine craftsmanship and reassigned him as his personal carpenter and associate. With this duty, he had the opportunity to ride in the Colonel's farewell tour.\nOn June 8th, 1968, he married Constance Anne Warner. They'd lived down the road from each other for much of their lives but didn't meet until a day when the Warner's were moving cattle down the road. They passed Gordon, who was driving a piece of equipment, and then ran into a nearby gate, prompting the Warners to stop. They joked, Connie had thought he was eyeing her, and he later said he was actually looking at her horse. They dated after she graduated high school and married a year later. They welcomed their son, Eric Eugene Colton, on April 5, 1970, and their daughter, Stephanie Anne Colton, on January 26, 1975. He built their family home in 1975 on the ranch property, which now is part of the Century Ranch, where they spent the rest of their 54 years together.\nIn the early 1970s, Gordon and his brother Bob phased out of the sheep industry and became predominantly a cattle ranch, which Colton Cattle remains today. Until retiring in 2020, he continued to ranch with his son Eric, grandson Talon, and family, who continue his legacy. Gordon took extreme pride in his ranch and his cattle. He worked extensively to improve and maintain a quality herd. He enjoyed them all, even the onery ones, which he referred to as his "Good 'ol Girls."\nGordon had a profound appreciation for the hills and loved spending any time he could there. He loved coyote hunting, trapping, and digging out dens, which he and his friend Marlin Riggs would frequently do. He was part of many annual packing trips with friends and family.\nGordon's steadfast work ethic also allowed him to be part of a multitude of other organizations. He held the District Vice President position of the Oregon Cattleman's Association from 1990-1991 and was past President of the Baker County Cattleman's Association. From his role as the Baker Valley Vector Control District President for more than 20 years to board member and firefighter for the Haines Rural Fire Protection District, his skills proved unmatched. He was glad to be an Honorary FFA Chapter Degree recipient and member, as well as being involved with the local Livestock Auction Sale Committee. He was a dedicated member of the Baker County Weed Advisory Board for many years. He and Eric owned and operated a local fencing business for a couple of years as well.\nHe earned the nickname "Happy," to which his family and much of the community knew him in his later years. He was always known to greet you with a smile and a chuckle. That which we will all truly miss.\nGordon was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Dorothy Colton, and a sister-in-law Lorene Colton.\nHe is survived by his wife Connie; his son Eric (Darcy) Colton, and daughter Stephanie (Jeff) Colton-Creemer; grandson Talon (Meagan) Colton, granddaughters Shelby (Josh) Preston and RaeAnn Arends; great-grandson Paycen Preston and great-granddaughter Addilee Colton; brothers Robert Colton, Fred (Joan) Colton and sister Kathy (David) Sherman; and numerous nieces and nephews.\nHis memorial service will take place Saturday, September 10th at 10:00 am at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, followed by interment at Mount Hope Cemetery with military honors. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the St. Francis de Sales Parish Hall. A viewing will take place prior, on Friday, September 9, 2022, at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel from 12:00-4:00 pm, with a Recitation of the Rosary at 3:00 pm.\nMemorial contributions can be made to the Baker FFA Chapter or to the Alzheimer's Association through Gray's West & Co. Pioneer chapel at 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.