Thor N. Eide, 35, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 16, in John Day.
He was born June 18, 1982, in Shakopee, Minnesota, to Robert “Bob” Eide and Susan Nokleby.
Eide was engaged to Carol Mahara of Thorne Bay, Alaska. He is also survived by his parents; his two brothers, Buck and Bjorn; his niece Asanti; and maternal grandparents Arnold and Eileen Nokleby. Preceding him in death were his paternal grandparents Richard and Lois Eide; and his uncle Steven Nokleby.
Eide graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in 2005. He began his career with fish and wildlife at the Minnesota Department of National Resources in International Falls. He worked as fish biologist for the U.S. Forest Service in Thorne Bay and was on a temporary assignment in Prairie City at the time of his passing.
Eide was an avid outdoorsman who had a great thirst for adventure. He loved boating, fishing, rafting, hunting, snorkeling, fat-bike riding, scuba diving, skiing, sledding and traveling. He could commonly be found out on the water, either boating or packrafting to some new island or cove to go fishing and camping. Embarking on multiday hunting or fishing trips was a normal occurrence for him. He often invited others to join in on his trips and always shared any fish or wild game that he collected. He was full of witty remarks and quick to fire up the grill with some freshly caught fish or game.
Eide was smart, resourceful and great at improvising out in remote locations. He could operate and fix nearly anything with a motor in it. At work, he was frequently involved in monitoring fish populations, conducting stream restoration projects and increasing spawning habitat for salmon species. He always seemed most comfortable on the water, and as a boat operator, he was unshakable, always keeping his cool no matter how hairy the situation got. As a co-worker, he often volunteered to help others complete their projects and never complained no matter how wet, cold or muddy he got. As a friend, he was reliable, had a great sense of humor and always looked out for others. Whether he was hunting bison, moose, caribou in the interior or fishing for salmon and halibut somewhere in the southeast, Eide always seemed at home in the wilds of Alaska. He truly embodied the spirit of Alaska, and embraced every opportunity to get outside and experience it.
Family, friends, and others whose lives Eide touched are invited to the Hotel Prairie, 112 W. Front St., Prairie City, starting at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, to celebrate and remember his life. Additional services in Alaska and elsewhere around the United States are to be determined.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to an education fund for his niece, Asanti Eide. Checks should be made payable to Carol Mahara FBO Asanti Eide, through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.
To leave a condolence for the family, visit driskillmemorialchapel.com.