Juan (John) M. Ansotegui

Born: Mon., Nov. 5, 1945
Died: Thu., Mar. 14, 2013


2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Fri., Mar. 22, 2013
Location: Burns Mortuary

Graveside Service

11:00 AM Sat., Mar. 23, 2013
Location: Vinson Cemetery

Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Sat., Mar. 23, 2013
Location: Pendleton Eagles Lodge #28

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Juan M. “John” Ansotegui - a resident of Pendleton died Thursday, March 14, 2013 in Pendleton.  He was 67 years old. 

          Viewing will be held Friday, March 22nd, 2013, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Burns Mortuary in Pendleton.  A Graveside Service will be held on at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, March 23rd, 2013, in the Vinson Cemetery on the old Pilot Rock-Heppner Highway near Pilot Rock, Oregon, with a Celebration of Life reception to be held at 2:00 PM Saturday at the Pendleton Eagles Lodge #28.  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of John Ansotegui may be made to the Eagles Lodge Memorial Fund. Sign the online condolence book at www.burnsmortuary.com  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is handling arrangements.

          Juan was born November 5, 1945 in Guernica, Spain, (Basque area in Northern Spain) to Manuel and Anastasia Landa-Ansotegui. 

          At 18 years old he was drafted into the Spanish Army and spent tow years serving in Africa.  Afterward, Juan worked as a bartender on a Spanish cruise ship. 

          He came to the United States when he was 22 years old, not being able to speak English, and began working on the Doherty Ranch outside of Pilot Rock.  He then worked for Cunningham Sheep and became like family to the Doherty and Levy families.  He then went to work falling timber for a logging company out of Baker City.  His last employment was as a debarker-operator at Kinzua Mills in Pilot Rock.  He worked at the mill for approximately twenty-five years, retiring in January of 2012.

          He married Carolyn Erickson in 1973.  He raised a seven-year-old step-son, Robby Erickson.  The couple had three children, Johnny, Paul and Anna.  They divorced in 1986. 

          In January 1987 he married RoseEtta Jones and gained two adult daughters, Anita and Debbie.

          Juan’s (John’s) hobbies were cooking for Mario’s Basque BBQ, camping, hunting, fishing and snowmobiling.  Next, came travel to Spain for family visits. 

          He is survived by his son Johnny of Pendleton, OR, son Paul & wife Deena of Portland, OR, daughter Anna of Hermiston, OR, step-daughter Anita Taylor & husband Bill of Pendleton, Debbie Briscoe & husband Clayton of Echo, OR, grandchildren: Brittany Briscoe & fiancé Nick McFarlane of Pendleton, Bradley Stiles of Pendleton, and Kayla Andrews of Portland, OR, sisters: Maria Jesus and Rosa Mari & husband Jose (Joe) of Guernica, Spain, nephew Adolfo and niece Iraultza, also of Spain.

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Jerry and Norma Scott
   Posted Wed March 20, 2013
John was a very dear and true friend. We have spent lots of time traveling with John, from traveling to Spain to visit his family, to Jaladai in Boise, to Elko & Winamucca and just camping and fishing. Where ever we went with John we always had a good time and enjoyed his company. We remember the times at Roundup and Caldona days, but especially we just remember John as a good friend to share a dinner, a BBQ or a Super bowl party. We will miss him terribly.

April Johnson
   Posted Wed March 20, 2013
John was one of the best neighbors I've ever had. He always had a ready joke and a smile when we were both out in our yards. I loved sitting with him at the picnic table sparing with him. I can't imagine looking over in the large garden and not seeing him out there weeding, or him mowing the grass in those funny water shoes he always wore. While I no longer live next door I still have the house and he made sure the grass was kept mowed and watered. He was a good and kind man, and I am so glad I was fortunate enough to have him not only as my next door neighbor but most importantly my friend. God speed, John, until the next time we meet, you will be missed.

Mike & Barbara Morehead
   Posted Fri March 22, 2013
John was a great friend. He had wonderful stories to tell and always enjoyed his company. He will be sorely missed. Our sympathy and prayers go out this his family. Mike & Barbara

Scott & Terri Sullivan
   Posted Sat March 23, 2013
Our hearts go out to the family. I will truly miss John's ready smile and the friendship we shared over the years. I hoist a glass of vino to you my friend. May you go with God.

Scott & Terri Sullivan

Carmen, Iziar, Vitorino, Txistu, Jabi, Lander, Idoia, Yolanda
   Posted Mon March 25, 2013
All of us are sad, however, we will remember you for ever.
Ez zaitugu ahaztuko. Zure oroimena gurekin gelditzen da.Euskal Herritik besarkada handi bat.

Robert and Deanna Doty
   Posted Tue March 26, 2013
We are so sorry to hear about John. He was one of the nicest men we have had the pleasure to know. I have some great photo's and memories of our trip to Spain and so happy to have met his family. We just wish we could have seen more of him these past few years. Much love to his family and our best wishes for you all. Deanna and Bob Doty

eleventh hour warriors
   Posted Wed March 27, 2013
We are so sorry about your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers.

Kayla Andrews
   Posted Thu April 19, 2018
Thank you all for your kind memories, I sometimes re visit and appreciate my Grandfather. I know he has blessed me with his presence in the beyond. I am Grateful to know he was a wonderful memory to many. <3

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