James Robert McCray James Robert McCray, 76, of Baker City, Oregon died peacefully at home on February 3rd, 2023 with his wife by his side. A celebration of his life is scheduled for February 11th, 2023 at 2 pm at Quail Ridge Golf Course in Baker City.\n\nJames was born on June 16, 1946, in Baker City, Oregon to Mary and Ralph McCray. James attended Baker High School where he graduated in 1964. He thoroughly enjoyed all of his classmates; every class reunion left him reminiscing on fond memories of his high school years.\nJames went on to spend six years in the National Guard. Upon his return, James married the love of his life. Debbie McCray, on May 26, 1969. James was a man of many trades but ultimately spent 27 years as a millworker at Ellingson Plywood and Lumber and Marvin Wood Products.\n\nJames was born an educator and loved teaching his grandkids the beauty of learning. He constantly emphasized the importance of education, nature, and the value of always being kind to others, even when they aren't to you. He valued empathy and compassion. "He was a beautiful person with so much love for humanity and our planet. He got so much joy out of contemplating our vast universe." (Credits to Nicole Butler-Sullivan)\nHe was a lover of all things life had to offer. During the summer months, James could be found on Main Street enjoying all of the history Baker City has to offer. Some of his favorite moments were spent sitting outside of Barley Brown's on a sunny day with a cold glass of his favorite beer, along with a big smile for everyone who passed by.\n\nJames and Debbie have two children, James (Danielle) McCray and Corrina (Tyler) Brown. They also have 5 grandchildren Tori (Zach) Thatcher, Sidney, Chandler, Madelyn, and Maxwell, and two great-grandchildren, Gracie, and Reese Thatcher.\nJames' family was the joy of his life James is survived by his wife, children, and their spouses, grandchildren, great-grandchildren; brother Milton (Gina) McCray, and twin nieces, Kara and Audrey McCray.\nHe is preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Kathleen Johnson.\nMemorial contributions may be made in honor of James to Best Friends of Baker City through Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel at 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, Or 97814.