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Harley Dean Spriet, loving husband and father of three children, passed away unexpectedly at age 50 on Thursday, December 20, 2018. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 1 o’clock at the Baker County Fairgrounds Extension Building at 2600 East Street, Baker City, OR.
Harley was born June 13, 1968 in Hood River, OR to Harley and Zoe Anne Spriet. He grew up in Baker and graduated from Baker High School in 1986. In November 1989, he married the love of his life, Myka and they remained in Baker City as they proudly raised their family. His three children James, Levi and Daney thought the world of their father and he deeply loved each one of them. He had three grandchildren and one on the way; and they, too, were his pride and joy. Harley was a sergeant in the transport unit of Oregon Department of Corrections most of his 27-year career. He was a role model for marriage and fatherhood. Harley was grateful for the many blessings in his life; he loved with his whole heart and was happiest when spending time with his family. By family and friends, he was known for his big heart, incredible work ethic, honor, integrity, humbleness, sense of humor and infectious smile and laugh.
Harley had a huge impact on the lives of everyone in both his personal and work life. He readily provided support, encouragement and uplifting words to all that sought his advice. He was a highly impactful and influential leader who lead by example with his head as well as his heart. He didn’t ask of others what he wasn’t willing to do himself.
Harley had a passion for reading and he enjoyed cooking, Viking history, shooting, weight lifting, music, singing, dancing and camping. He was a proud American, great poet, and an honorable, trustworthy friend. He brought out the best in others and inspired those around him to be more. He also loved peanut butter, ice cream, coffee, his cat Miss Kitty and dog Bailey. Some of his favorite sayings included: “If I was any better, I’d be twins” and “There is not enough room in this world for hate.”
Harley’s passing is a huge loss as he was an amazing, deeply loved and respected husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be greatly missed.
Harley is survived by his loving wife Myka Spriet; son James and his wife Vanessa Spriet, and their children Sulea and Harley; son Levi Spriet; daughter Daney and her husband Keenan Barfuss, and their children Avery and soon to be born son; brother Rick Spriet of Springfield, OR; sister Jodi Spriet of Baker City, OR; father and mother-in-law Tom and Toby Hacker of Haines, OR; brother-in-law Kyle Hacker of Joseph, OR; sister-in-law Brandy and her husband Monty Bennett of Molalla, OR; brother-in-law Bryce and his wife Jennifer Hacker of Blue Springs, MO.; brother-in-law Tom and his wife Pam Maliwauki of Pendleton, OR; sister-in-law Tammy and her husband Michael Sawyer of Granite Falls, WA; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and special friends.
Harley was preceded in death by his father, Harley Deal Spriet; mother, Zoe Anne Spriet; brother, Mike Spriet, brother-in-law Darrel Hacker; sister-in-law, Cindi Spriet; and grandmother, Arlene Spriet.
Donations in Harley’s memory may be made to https://www.gofundme.com/aGrandfathersLove. Online condolences and special memories can be shared at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com