11.27.1950 to 02.21.2017
In the early morning hours of February 21, 2017, Roger Harold Borine slipped away peacefully at his home in Bend, Oregon, with his wife at his side. He was born November 27, 1950, in La Grande, Oregon, to Evelyn (John) and Harold Borine. Roger graduated from La Grande High School where he lettered in baseball, basketball, and was quarterback for the Tigers. He attended Eastern Oregon College and at OSU, where he studied soil science and received his Bachelor Degree in 1973. During summers, he financed college by smoke jumping out of McCall, Idaho. This was a great time for Roger. He gained many lifelong friends from this band of smoke jumping brothers. Roger’s work as a soil scientist for the Natural Resource Conservation Service took him first Baker City, then Klamath Falls and Medford, and finally to Bend in 1984. He continued to work in soils, and rounded out his career with wetland delineations and wildlife biology studies. After 35 years he retired and began Sage West, a soils consulting business.
Roger loved the outdoors. He grew up fishing and hunting with his father in Eastern Oregon. They never missed a deer or elk season. As a youth in Ladd Marsh, he shot many a pheasant over his dog Tami. Mostly though, he was a Chukar hunter. The high lonesome country fed his soul. Roger never missed a season in 51 years. He raised, hunted, trained, competed with and loved his Brittanys. They were the children he never had. For 17 years, he competed with his kids in field trials, in six states and Canada, producing a number of champions. Competing and judging at any field trial was a joy to Roger and he had great fun judging at a national trial in Booneville, Arkansas. While competing at the Brittany National Championship in 2007, he was invited to Norway to experience their field trials and to hunt ptarmigan and grouse in Sweden. Roger excelled at anything he set his mind to. He pursued his passions and had a life well lived. Roger was loved, admired and respected by all who knew him. Life just got a little less bright.
Roger is survived by his loving wife, Debra, (Smolt Mischel) whom he married in 1997; and her daughter, Amy and husband James Westcoat; and two grandchildren, Ethan and Paige, who adored him. He is also survived by his sister, Valeris Westenskow; nephews, Brad Westenskow and Dawson Westenskow; and nieces Karly Olson and Cinda Linton; and 12 great nieces and nephews in Utah, Washington and Montana. He will be sorely missed by all who were lucky enough to call his husband, brother, uncle, cousin, grandfather or friend.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Roger on Sunday, March 5, 2017, from 2:00 to 5:00. It will be at Aspen Hall in Shelvin Park, Bend, OR. Contributions can be made to the Oregon Brittany Club or the Oregon Hunter’s Assoc.