Michael Joseph Berryman, of Baker City, passed away June 30, 2019 at OHSU with family by his side. A public celebration of life will be held on Monday, July 15th at 12:00 p.m. at the Baker City Airport. The same day a graveside service will be held at Rock Creek Cemetery for close friends and family at 11:00 a.m.
Michael was born in the Year of the Dragon on April 12th, 1988 in La Grande, Oregon to Raymond and Jay Berryman. He graduated from Baker High School in 2006 and Eastern Oregon University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry.
Michael was absolutely extraordinary and unique person with so many hobbies and passions that he achieved to master. He had a long list of titles and accomplishments, including thespian, blacksmith, stellar fisherman, fly-tie artisan, hunter, rifleman, archer, karate black belt, bee keeper, jewelry maker, knife maker on his homemade forge, musician of banjo and trumpet, fencing, friend, uncle, son, brother, brother-in-law, boyfriend and biologist. Michael was also dedicated to his Christian faith in the Catholic Church, and even through the toughest times his views never faltered. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and was known to stay up into the early hours with friends playing pool, video games or just telling funny stories.
Michael was a walking encyclopedia of many subjects including Godzilla movies and dragon folklore, reptiles, amphibians, insects, sharks, dinosaurs, Japanese animation, comic books, martial arts, Japanese swords, movies and TV shows like The Simpsons. It was very important to Michael to light the spark of inspiration in those who expressed curiosity in his interests. He could easily be found teaching nieces and nephews how to fish at the 203 pond, or he traveled out of town to teach friends how to fence.
When Michael set his mind to try something new he put all his energy into mastering it. In 2017 Michael traveled for three weeks to Hope, Arkansas in order to attend a Bladesmithing school to better master his hobby. Speaking of travel, Michael enjoyed traveling around the world to visit historic locations he had studied at home. Some of these locations included Ireland, Japan, and multiple trips to the Oregon coast to fulfill his unquenchable need to fish. Michael spent many hours practicing with his recurve bow which included broadheads that he crafted from obsidian.
Following college Michael decided to stay home in the Baker Valley and took on a job at Baker Aircraft. Michael loved to help out with all the services and more importantly tell stories of aircraft and airmen he would see on a daily basis at the airfield. During his lunch break Michael could normally be seen grabbing a burrito at D&J’s Tacos and visiting with family and friends. Other foods that could bring Michael out of the woodwork included; Bacon, Doughnuts, Angel Food Cake, Mountain Dew, and of course any smoked meats that he would spend endless hours perfecting.
Michael is survived by his parents, Raymond and Jay, Brothers Kevin (Fiancee LaDawn) and Craig (wife Amber), sister Jill (husband Michael), nephews Gannon, Bryceton, and Everett, nieces Remington, Cora(Goddaughter), and Mallory(Goddaughter), Girlfriend Jenny Stouffer, Grandparents Evelyn Stepp and Mario and Adele Stepp, also many cousins, aunts, and uncles.
He is preceded in death by his Grandparents Verne and Jane Berryman.
Michael will be forever missed and would want everyone to live life to their fullest. “Life is one giant game, use your defeats as a way to learn how to win in the future.”-Michael Berryman.
Contributions in Michael’s memory can be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, Or 97814.