Recent Stayton Obituaries




Maurice Eugene Reece
October 8, 1939 - June 1, 2012

Maurice Eugene Reece (“Reece”), age 72, passed away from heart complications Friday, June 1, 2012, with his family at his side. Reece was born October 8, 1939, in Wetaskiwin Canada, to Guy and Bessie (Hladik) Reece.

Throughout his life, Reece was a dedicated educator, developer, nursing home administrator, and business owner. His industrious vision and care for others made Marian Estates what it is today.  He had a great appreciation for animals, including many exotic birds and livestock he raised, and later in life his two beloved English Bulldogs. Reece very much enjoyed traveling the world alongside his wife, learning about other cultures, and cultivating an extensive collection of Asian antiques.

Reece had a truly larger than life presence that made everyone feel special and cared for.  His inspiring legacy, tremendous energy, and love for life will surely resonate and carry on through the lives of all he has touched.  His tremendous spirit is best pronounced in his life’s work at Marian Estates, “where my best friends live.”

He is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 18 years, Jan Buffa Reece, her son Scott Byrd, and grandson Hudson Byrd; loved and missed by his extended family and friends.

Honoring his wishes, there will be a private celebration of life held at Marian Estates for residents, employees and family. In lieu of flowers, please feel welcome to make a donation to the Oregon Humane Society, MedAssist, the Marian Estates Auxiliary, or Family Building Blocks.  Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.


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