SALEM — Michael C. Fordice, 42, of Salem, died Friday, Nov. 17, as a result of a motorcycle accident.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 24 at 10 a.m. at Burns Mortuary in Hermiston. Graveside services will follow at 2 p.m. in North Powder.

Mike was born on April 23, 1964 to Willard and Judy Fordice in Baker City. He graduated from Hermiston High School in 1982. He married Becky Bunch on Oct. 12, 1985. They later divorced.

Mike was a very talented mechanic, and car and motorcycle painter. He was known to many as "Torch Fordice" for his realistic flames he would paint by hand on vehicles and motorcycles. Mike was also known as "Batman" in the motorcycle community. Mike and his family are very proud of his many accomplishments. He was division champion and qualified to race at Nationals in Pomona, Calif.

Mike would want to be remembered for his work and to let his many paint schemes and racing titles speak for him.

Mike was a member of the Hermiston Eagles Lodge No. 2909.

Survivors include his parents, Willard and Judy Fordice; brother Robert (Bob) Fordice; sister-in-law Di Fordice; nephews, Dusty Fordice, and Tyler Fordice; grandmothers, Lela Fordice of Baker City, and Grace Rowett of North Powder; and several aunts, uncles and numerous cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to the SMART program in care of the Hermiston Eagles Lodge, P.O. Box 144, Hermiston, 97838.

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