Timothy E Newtson

Died: Sun., Feb. 5, 2017


Graveside Service

10:00 AM Sat., Feb. 18, 2017
Location: Skyview Memorial Park


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Timothy E. Newtson was born at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Pendleton, Oregon to Phyllis LaFarge and Robert Billette on October 15, 1957. Graveside services will be held Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 10:00 am at Skyview Memorial Park. A memorial  celebration of life will be held at 11:30 am at Helix Community Church. All are welcome to attend.  

His early childhood was in the city of Reith, where he attended first grade.  His father passed away in 1962.  Phyllis married Ray Newtson, who raised Tim from the age of five.  They moved to Mission and Tim went to school at Washington in Pendleton.  At the age of nine Tim played Little League Baseball.  At Helen McCune Jr. High he became interested in motto-cross and racing, but baseball was his number one interest.

Tim continued his sports interests at Pendleton Sr. High playing football and baseball, earning letters all three years.   He also played baseball for the American Legion Teams each summer.  His senior year he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians, but Tim decided to continue his education.

He attended Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona and played for two years on the Mesa Pirates baseball team, where he received notoriety and awards for his ball playing.

He was awarded a full Baseball scholarship at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado where he majored in Recreation Management.  He played on the Mesa Mavericks baseball team for two years and was drafted by the Pittsburg Pirates.  He had received numerous injuries and decided not to pursue a career in baseball, but instead to seek a career in Heavy Construction.

Tim went to work for Daniel Construction which later became Fluor Daniel Construction.  He worked his way up and became Foreman for a large crew.  Tim worked on large projects in California, Louisiana, South Dakota, Colorado, Texas and other states building bridges, dams, and factories.  His biggest job was in Louisiana building modules for oil refineries that were floated on barges thru the Panama Canal to Alaska.

Tim loved to hunt and fish on his trips home between jobs with family and friends.

While working in Texas, Tim was diagnosed with diabetes and became too ill to continue working.  He took a summer off and lived in his trailer at Big Creek, then moved to Sandhole – North Juniper Canyon and spent the next couple of years farming with King-Temple.   As Tim’s disease progressed, he moved to Helix in 2001.  He enjoyed taking care of his place until a serious fall in 2005 which put him in a wheelchair.

Tim passed away in LaGrande, Oregon on February 5, 2017 at age 59.

Tim was preceded in death by his father Robert Billette in (1962), step-sister Marsha (Dayton) Hart (1985), and his step-father Ray Newtson (2016).  He is survived by mother Phyllis Newtson and sister Cindy (Robin) Severe, and step-sister Susan (Jack) Bascomb.

Donations can be given to the Helix Community Church, the Diabetes Foundation, or the charity of your choice in care of Burns Mortuary PO Bx 489, Pendleton, OR. 97801.

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Phil Hummell
   Posted Wed February 08, 2017
He was a very good friend, enjoyed playing many hours of football at school and in city parks.

Robin Weller
   Posted Thu February 09, 2017
I graduated high school with Tim. Enjoyed watching him play ball. So sorry for your loss.

Lance Eardley
   Posted Sat February 11, 2017
I was sorry to hear that Tim passed away. I played baseball with Tim in high school and summer legion ball. He was a great athlete, ball player, and a good guy.

'tina Newtson
   Posted Sun February 12, 2017
So very sorry for your loss, Phyliss, Cindy, Susan & families.

Beth Brouillard RN
   Posted Sun February 12, 2017
So enjoyed knowing Tim and his wonderful Mom for the months we were in his home. I never left him without his heartfelt appreciation for my medical, nursing duties and his encouragement to help someone else have a good day, as he expressed he had. My thoughts and prayers for the family will continue. He is well loved...

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