Oregon farmer Terry Vance Garner, 69, never returned from feeding his hogs last week on his Coos County farm:

A family member found Garner's dentures and pieces of his body in the hog enclosure several hours later, but most of his remains had been consumed, District Attorney Paul Frasier said. Several of the hogs weighed 700 pounds or more.

Garner was "a good-hearted guy," said his brother, Michael Garner, 75. Deliciously-hearted too, apparently.

"Those animals were his life," Michael Garner said. Yeah... um...

I know I shouldn't laugh at something so tragic and horrific, but it's hard to resist the irony. Pigs are the only common Western farm animal that serves no other purpose but to be eaten. (Fowl can be raised for their eggs, cows, sheep and goats for their milk, sheep for their wool, draft animals for their labor.) Pigs are also believed to be the most intelligent farm animal, and the only one that occasionally kills and eats its master.

But mmmmm.... bacon!