James D. Majors (J.D.), 56, of Canyon City died March 6 in Canyon City.

J.D. was born June 7, 1957, in John Day to Herb and Yvonne (Pereira) Majors.

He graduated from Grant Union High School in 1976 and married Vallie Furgerson on April 16, 1976. The couple loaded up all their belongings in his Chevy pickup and left on their honeymoon and to search for a job. He had been a meat cutter at Gail’s Market previously, but upon his return to Burns, he found work at the Hines mill. After five years there, he began his long career as a logger.

Vallie and J.D. had two children, Leah and Shawn. They later divorced.

He became a firefighter and eventually ended up with two contract trucks with Thunder Bolt.

Around 2002, he purchased an excavator and started a contracting business. In a failing economy, he found work with Iron Triangle, where he worked until he died.

In 1986, James married Esther Smith, and they had two children, Levi and Warren. Amy, Esther’s daughter from a previous marriage, also joined the family.

James’ favorite hobbies were spending time in the woods and desert. He enjoyed hunting for arrowheads and spending time with his family.

James is survived by his wife, Esther Majors of Hines; children, Leah Cannon of Springfield, Shawn Majors and wife Maggie of Concord, Calif., Levi Majors and wife Leslie of Burns, Warren Majors and wife Kassy of Burns, and Amy Tenty and husband Han of Bend; brother, Pete Majors and wife Joanna of Mt. Vernon; sister, Machelle Lederman of Bend; mother, Yvonne Majors of Canyon City; and 11 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Herb; and sister, Mary.

A celebration of life will be held in the summer.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wild Land Fire Fighters and Doernbecher’s Hospital through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.


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