About Billie Joe Hutton:
Billy Joe "Bud" Hutton, 69, of Baker City, formerly of the Rogue Valley, died Monday (Jan. 14, 2002).
A family gathering will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Sumpter Valley
Railroad OR the Billy Payton Memorial Fund, c/o Gray's West & Co, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.
He was born Jan. 16, 1932, in Lebanon, Mo, a son of Claude and Gertie (Caffey) Hutton. He graduated
from Phoenix High School, where he was student body president and a member of the Honor Society. He
received the Elks Scholarship for Most Valuable Student. He attended what is now Southern Oregon University,
where he played freshman and varsity football. Mr. Hutton served in the U.S. Army from December 1952
to June 1954. He attended Southwestern Signal Regional Training Center in San Luis Obispo, Calif., where
his final exam score was the highest ever attained, and served as a repeaterman until his discharge.
On Nov. 3, 1956, in Reno, Nev., he married Jane Cooper, who survives. They lived in the Rogue Valley
until 1974, when they moved to Baker.
Locally, Mr. Hutton worked for Fountain Lumber Company,
Norman Lumber Company in Phoenix, and Gardener's Machine Shop in Medford, and was a partner with Bob
Ferns in the auto tune-up business, Check-point. After moving to Baker, he owned and operated Hutton
Machine and Supply, H & M Machine, and Baker City Machine Supply, Inc. In 1986, he began working for
Marvin Wood Products, later known as Marvin Windows in Baker City. He would have retired at the end
of January with a perfect attendance record. He was a former member of the Salvage Creek Archery Club,
Rogue Valley Racing Association, Sumpter Valley Ghost Riders and Oregon State Snowmobile Association.
He was a life member of the Sumpter Valley Railroad, a 25-year member of Elks Lodge No. 338, and the
Baker Co. Historical Society.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include a son, Scott, Baker
City; a daughter, Billie Hopkins, Enterprise; two sisters, Jewell Inserra, Medford, and Claudia Perry,
Eagle Point; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Debra Lynn Hutton; and
his parents, Claude and Gertie Hutton.