Obituaries — Sept. 23, 2020

Tracy Allen Hughes

December 3, 1966-August 22, 2020

Tracy Allen Hughes, age 53, passed away into the loving arms of God on August 22, 2020 while temporarily living and working in Hyrum, Utah. He was born in Tacoma, WA on December 3, 1966 and spent most of his youth living in Gig Harbor.

Living within a mile of salt water, Tracy grew up loving the outdoors, camping, the woods and creeks, and all types of water sports. Being an avid fly fisherman, he loved fishing rivers at every chance.

After being part of the family business in the construction trades in Gig Harbor, he developed his perfectionist skills in finish carpentry and heavy equipment operation.

He married and moved on to live in Rico, CO and Post Falls, ID, and then settled his family in Fairbanks, AK.

On one of his jobs in northern Alaska, he drove a loaded Belly Dump daily across the frozen Yukon River. In the frigid cold of the winter, as the crew built an air strip out in the bush. He used extreme caution to measure the ice daily so as to not break through the ice and sink into the mile wide river with the equipment. That was the first year his employer didn’t lose a piece of heavy equipment in the Yukon River and they finished the job on time.

Later, Tracy moved back to Gig Harbor and then to Sequim. A few years later when his parents moved to Bend, OR, he chose to join them. Since moving to Bend in 2012, Tracy has made many lasting friendships. He worked on numerous construction sites from the Young Life Ranch in Antelope to Bend and beyond.

Over the years he enjoyed playing the guitar, fly fishing, country music, wood carving (and fly fishing), building RC airplanes, evening camp fires (and more fly fishing), and building fly fishing rods. He loved to cook and create new recipes, loved BBQ (along with fly fishing) and wrote poetry, but most of all he especially loved his children and grandchildren.

Tracy had a big heart, cared deeply for his friends, and family was very important to him. He was often helping others before taking care of himself and his big dream was to develop a youth ranch in Montana for disabled and terminally ill children.

He had a strong faith in God, always had a good word for others, never talked about his health issues, and with his broad skills, experience and knowledge he quickly gained the respect of his co-workers and friends. Tracy’s motto developed and became “The Right Thing!”

The medical report stated smoking contributed to his massive heart failure that has now prevented him from being able to be here and share in future milestones with his loved ones. If you’re a smoker – quit – now – your life depends on it and those that you love depend upon your life – don’t let your life go up in smoke.

In passing Tracy was reunited with his grandparents, his nephew (Clay) and his brother-in-law (Scott).

Tracy is survived by his parents, Meryl and Kay Hughes of Bend, his sister, Lori Newkirk of Tacoma, his brother, Corey Hughes (Bernice Vandegrift) of Gig Harbor, his son, Ricky (Maggie) Hughes of Statesville, N.C., his daughter, Amanda (Joshua) Swanson of Vilas, N.C., his son, Daniel (Karissa) Hughes of Fairbanks, his daughter, Emma Livengood-Hughes of Sequim, five grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and extended family.

Tracy strived to maintain a close family relationship and will be greatly missed by his many friends and family.

Because of Covid19 there will be no gathering at this time to celebrate his life.