Michael L. Callaway, 59, died on Dec. 1 at his home in Burns.

He was born on Nov. 16, 1951, in Burns, to Brick and Ellen Callaway.

Callaway graduated from Burns Union High School in 1969 and then moved to Bend to attend Central Oregon Community College (COCC). During college he worked the summer months for the Forest Service at Prairie City as an engine foreman in 1970, and at Silver Lake as a timber marker in 1971. He graduated from COCC in 1972 with a degree in forestry. He then went to work for the Forest Service at the Allison Guard Station in Burns as an engine foreman.

In 1973, Callaway married Cheryl Turley and they had two children — Zachariah and Michelle.

In 1980, he went to work at Snow Mountain Pine as a grader, working there until the mill closed in 1989.

In 1986, he married Tonny Wood. Callaway then returned back to federal service at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge as an engine foreman until 1993, when he then went to work for Oregon Department of Forestry as a forest officer. Callaway was a wildland firefighter, of which he thoroughly enjoyed as much as life itself.

In his spare time Callaway loved to hunt, fish, camp, woodwork and most of all, tell stories of his summer fire experiences and on his co-workers.

Callaway is survived by his wife, Tonny of Burns; son, Zachariah of Ontario; daughter, Michelle Parkay of Burns; brother, David of Florence; nephews, Benne of Redmond and Stephen of Eugene; and numerous friends.

He was preceded in death by his older brother, Benne; father, Brick; and mother, Ellen.

A memorial service for Callaway will be held on Dec. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Burns Elks Lodge. Contributions in his memory can be made to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, or the Harney County Cancer Support Group in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.


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