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Malheur County auctioneer gavels final event in life lived with honor

Roger Nakashima, who was born in Ontario and grew up in Nyssa, founded an auction business that helped many local organizations raise funds over the years. (Nakashima family photo)

Roger Nakashima, a familiar voice at auctions large and small in the region, is holding one last auction – for his own items – as he anticipates the end of his life.

He has untreatable liver cancer that doctors tell him will take his life soon.

The long-time auctioneer intends to go out on his terms, tidying up his own affairs so his family doesn’t have to. He hopes to make it to March 2 – his birthday.

His company, Snake River Auction, has scheduled an auction for 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Malheur County Fairgrounds.

On the block will be some . . .