Sunday, January 15, 2017

Linfielder Dean Pade, rest in peace, 1944-2017

Sad news: Linfielder Dean Pade

Virgil Dean Pade
Born: 6/6/1944
Died: 1/12/2017

--North Salem, Ore., High School Class of 1962
--Linfield Class of 1966 with M.Ed. 1967

--Dean played football for the Linfield Wildcats coached by Paul Durham.

--An assistant coach for Linfield football led by Coach Ad Rutschman and Ed Langsdorf, he was on the coaching staffs for Linfield teams which won 1982, 1984 and 1986 NAIA national football championship.

Below is Bob Ferguson’s email about the celebration of life of Linfielder Dean Pade, who lived in Sherwood, Ore. The celebration was held 3-6 p.m. on 1/14/2017 at McMenamins Old Church & Pub in Wilsonville, Ore.

On Sun, Jan 15, 2017 at 8:24 AM, <> wrote:


The Dean Pade Celebration of Life, yesterday was Colossal. As you would expect, it was filled with tears, laughter, love and stories. His two kids are as handsome as he was and told of a very loving, dedicated father and grandpa.

The 100 or so folks attending on a day of questionable travel and short notice (the kids had to get back to New York) included family, coaching friends, players, students, driver’s ed. students, and a small contingent of Linfielders, Odis and Alecia, Ron Johnston, Ardi, and I. As Odis and I talked, we both realized that our favorite image of Dean was the same. It was his clutch, big time catches in the Sul Ross game of ’65. We distinctly remember, like it was yesterday, Dean dragging both feet while catching the football and going out of bounds to stop the clock. He set the stage for “The Toe,” Kubli to come on and win the game. That’s how we will always remember Dean Pade. His 4 years of persistence was rewarded with a sweet victory for all of us. By all reports, he approached life the same way which made him a success.

Apparently Dean had an aneurism, lost consciousness immediately, and passed on shortly thereafter while surrounded by family. On the same day that Dean died, in the same hospital, another of his granddaughters was born.  The cycle of life couldn’t be more complete.

Our condolences go out to the extended family and friends. For those of you who may wish to forward a card or a memory, please send to:

Troy Pade
3 East 66th St. #2B
New York, NY 10065

When I think about our life's journey together I always give thanks, "Thank God we didn't go to Willamette!"


Bio info about Dean as a member of North Salem, Ore., High School Class of 1962, during 50- year reunion of that class:


Two Sons: Erin 40, Troy 37
Five step-grandkids
Retired from teaching 1998

My business: Dean Pade Driving School

Attended Linfield College 5 yrs, BS/ Masters / 4 yrs FB 3 letters.

First teaching job Centennial HS 68 - 74 coached FB, tennis, taught Health Ed, Won 1972 state championship. 2nd teaching position Newberg HS health teacher, head football coach. Became Asst football coach at Linfield College 1980 - 1995 Wow. 3 national championships 82-84-86. Retired from teaching 1998 after 30 years.

Started Dean Pade Driving School 2004 to present.

Married 18 yrs, 2 sons. Divorced 1988. Married 1998 - 2010 Divorced, no kids - 5 step grandkids.

Have vacationed in Cabo & Hawaii. I am my own boss, so work as hard as I want.


From: Art Larrance <>
Date: Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 8:36 PM

I just learned that Dean passed away tonight...

Sent: Thur., Jan. 12, 2017 at 11:22am
Subject: News from Buff

Kids, I got this from Buffalo (AKA Bob Stewart)

...Dean ... had a stroke today and is not doing well at all. We think he's at Meridian Park but not sure about that information. Just thought you should know so you can get out the info...

Bob Ferguson’s email above mentions a Linfield football game versus favored Sul Ross State of Alpine, Texas. It was a 1965 NAIA championship semi-final on Saturday night Nov. 27, 1965, in Midland, Texas. Linfield won, 30-27. See Associated Press and Oregonian coverage of that game here:

Learn more about the game here:

Email messages above are lightly edited. Photos of Dean Pade as a Linfield student from Linfield Oak Leaves yearbooks.

Obituary from Salem, Ore., daily newspaper.