Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Honoring Linfield 1966 grad/former Linfield Wildcat football player: DEAN PADE MEMORIAL FOOTBALL GAME: Canby High at Newberg High, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, 2018

From: Robert Ferguson
Date: Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 10:33 AM
Subject: Fwd: Dean Pade Memorial Football Game


A Gig for a great Cat. He saved our bacon at Sul Ross with some toe-dragging, text book grabs on the sidelines.


Sent: 9/9/2018 9:41:09 PM Pacific Standard Time
Subject: Dean Pade Memorial Football Game

Hi there, Bob,

I hope this email finds you doing well!  I remember that you had some great memories of football days with Dean from his service last year.  Our family has set up an athletic scholarship in his honor at Newberg High School.  The athletic department is hosting a game on September 21st 7:00 pm at the high school to raise money for his scholarship fund, and our family was hoping that you and any other Linfield alum who are able to make it could join us in celebrating his legacy.  We aren't sure how to contact others from your time at Linfield, but if you are able to reach out to teammates who knew Dean we would really appreciate it!

Thanks so much, GO CATS!
Kelley Bertrand


Info below added by Wildcatville:

=NAIA NATIONAL FOOTBALL 1965 PLAYOFFS in Midland, Texas, Linfield at Sul Ross State. On Nov. 27, 1965, Linfield upset Sul Ross, 30-27. In that game, Linfield’s Dean Pade had, according to Bob Ferguson, “clutch, big time catches ….  We distinctly remember, like it was yesterday, Dean dragging both feet while catching the football and going out of bounds to stop the clock.”

=DEAN PADE died Jan. 12, 2017 (obituary below)

=FOOTBALL GAME Canby High School at Newberg High School is Fri, Sept. 21, 2018, 7:00 p.m.


June 6, 1944 - January 12, 2017

SHERWOOD, Oregon - Virgil "Dean" Pade, beloved teacher at Newberg High School for 22 years and football coach at Linfield College, died Thursday at the age of 73.

Born and raised in Salem, he was a graduate of the 1962 Class of North Salem High School. A member of the Class of 1966 at Linfield College, Dean played football under Paul Durham and in 1965, he was a member of the Wildcats football team that played in the National Championships, an honor he would repeat three times later in life as a coach — in 1982, 1984 and 1986.

Dean started his teaching career at Centennial High School and was an assistant football coach there. He helped coach the Eagles to victory in the 1972 State Championships. In 1976, he took the Head Coach role at Newberg High School, where he would teach health and drivers education for 22 years.

Pade is an inductee to the Linfield College Football Hall of Fame for his contributions as a player and a coach.

Retirement was short-lived, as Dean could not sit still for long. He started his own Drivers Education School, guiding hundreds of local teens to successfully earn their licenses.

His passing spurred an outpouring of appreciation and love from countless students whose lives he touched. Warm sentiments lit up the winter day, brighter than the snow: "He was my most memorable teacher," "kept me in line," "my teacher, my mentor, my friend."

Dean is survived by his son Troy and son-in-law Marcus Rettig of New York City, daughter Erin Pade of Scottsdale, AZ, sister Rose Ellen Long and brother-in-law William of Bend, niece Maggie Long of Portland, and nephew Hoyt Long of Chicago.

A Celebration of Life was held this past Saturday in Wilsonville.

Published in Salem Oregon Statesman Journal on Jan. 18, 2017