David H. Baetkey

Born: Sun., May 23, 1943
Died: Thu., Dec. 3, 2009

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David H. Baetkey - a resident of Pendleton lost a three year battle with lung cancer on Thursday, December 3, 2009. He was 66 years old. A Service in memory of David Baetkey will be conducted at 1:00 PM on Sunday, December 13, 2009 at the Pendleton High School Auditorium in Pendleton, OR. Contributions in memory of David Baetkey may be made to the Aspire Program, or to the PHS Scholarship Fund, and may be sent in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, PO Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801. View the full obituary or sign the register at www.burnsmortuary.com. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton was in charge of arrangements. David was born on May 23, 1943 in Minneapolis, MN to Henry and Ada Harpt Baetkey. He had one sister. David and his mother lived in Emmet, ID during the WWII, and then moved back to Minneapolis. They then moved to Alexandria, VA and to Portland, OR, during which time they made many visits to Emmet, ID, where they spent summers working on his grandmother's and uncle's fruit orchard. Here he learned to drive a tractor at the age of 7. David graduated from Parkrose High School in 1961. He played football, basketball and baseball for Parkrose. He then attended the University of Oregon, where he received his Bachelor's Degree. In 1968, he married Carol Stotler. The couple had a son, Lance David Baetkey in November of 1970. They separated and later divorced in 1990. David taught Social Science to Seniors at Caldwell High School in Idaho in 1968 - 1969. He also coached Freshman Football, JV Basketball, he was the assistant coach for the Varsity Basketball team, and he coached JV Baseball. David received a Master's Degree from Portland State University in 1970. He spent his spare time volunteering as Varsity Football coach for Parkrose High School while he attended Portland State. He taught Social Science to Junior and Senior students at Oregon City High School from 1970 - 1978. He coached JV Baseball at Oregon City High School for 5 years. He also coached American Legion Baseball. For a time, David stayed home to care for his son; at which time he became highly involved in Parkrose Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball, Youth Basketball. He coached Freshman Baseball for Parkrose High School for 1 year. At this time he authored an unpublished novel. He moved to Pendleton, Oregon in August of 1985. He taught Social Science to 7th, 8th and 9th graders at Pendleton Junior High School from 1985 - 1990. He began teaching at Pendleton High School in 1990, where he taught AP Government and American Government/Economics until his retirement in 2003. David coached Freshman Girls Basketball with Fern Oliver for 1 year, as well as coaching Freshman Baseball with Foster Odom for 1 year. He remained active as a member of the Pendleton School Board from 2004 until 2009, as well as volunteering his time at Pendleton High School with the Aspire program. David had shared his life with his companion Linda Simkovic since 1987. They shared a wonder life together, from being involved with grandchildren to traveling to many places. He had spent his free time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed reading, gardening and all types of yard work. He enjoyed attending all levels of sporting events, from professional to college, to sporting events of his children and grandchildren as well as his students. Mr. Baetkey is survived by his longtime companion Linda Simkovic of Pendleton, OR, son Lance and wife Kerri Baetkey of Novato, CA, stepsons; Tom and wife Gretchen Simkovic of Portland, OR, and Jon and wife Julie Simkovic of Milwaukie, OR, stepdaughter Michaele and husband Al Mays of Kelso, WA, his sister Mary Lu Baetkey of Portland, OR, as well as nine grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Ada Baetkey, and his ex-wife Carol.

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