A memorial service to celebrate the life of Byron W. Massey, 43, of Coos Bay will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, at Skyline Baptist Church, 3451 Liberty St. in North Bend, with pastor David Woodruff presiding. A reception will follow in the church Fellowship Hall. Private cremation rites were held at Ocean View Memory Gardens in Coos Bay with memorialization to take place there at a later date.
Byron was born Sept. 20, 1967, in Portland to William Harry Massey, M.D., and Susan Marie (Latta) Massey. He died Oct. 11, 2010, in Coos Bay from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Byron graduated from North Bend High School in the Class of 1985, and held a bachelor's degree in physics from Oregon State University, and a master's degree in education from the University of Oregon. He was a full-time and substitute teacher and tutor of math and science for much of his professional life at high schools including North Bend High School and Marshfield High School and at Southwestern Oregon Community College. Byron also owned and operated a small business for several years, the Game Hen on Union Avenue in North Bend. Most recently, he was pursuing study in clock and watch repair with a local expert.
Byron was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at 4 years of age, and bravely coped with the disease and its consequences for the remainder of his life.
Byron was an exceptionally gifted musician and composer. He excelled at guitar, vocals, bass guitar and keyboard, and recorded his work at a local studio he shared with his close friend Eric Porter. He was an accomplished and talented theatrical performer who played leading roles in many local productions. He was an avid and skilled player and auteur of online games and collectible card games, and a published game designer. Byron was a committed Christian and a scholar of ancient Christianity. He was a strong amateur chess player and a founding member of the North Bend Chess Club; he played chess there regularly. He was a published writer of short stories, and was writing a novel at the time of his death. He enjoyed fine cigars, vintage clothing and spending time with his friends and family.
Byron is survived by his mother, Susan Massey of Coos Bay; sister, Brenda Langlie and her husband, Roger of North Bend; brother, Barton Massey and his wife, Joanie of Portland; daughter, Bijou Schoner; nieces, Anna and Mary; nephews, Noah, Ben, Daniel, Andrew and Micah; and many cousins, aunts and uncles.
Byron was preceded in death by his father, William Harry Massey, M.D.
Arrangements are under the direction of North Bend Chapel, 541-756-0440.