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William McCall Pennick III
September 2, 1973 – January 20, 2015

Gates - William McCall Pennick III, 41, of Gates, died Jan. 20, 2015, at Salem Memorial Hospital. His memorial service will be Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. at Gates Community Church.

He was born Sept. 2, 1973, at Camp LeJeune, N.C., to William and Christine Pennick. His father thought he was an exceptional son and was very proud of him. Bill was an accomplished athlete, particularly in baseball, both at Stayton High School, Regis High School, where he was 2A player of the year in 1991, and later at Western Oregon University where he was a two-time all-conference pitcher.

Bill married Julie Kristine Jacoby on June 17, 1995, in Stayton. After graduating from Western Oregon, Bill worked in the logging industry for his family’s company. In 2005 Bill and his family embarked on their grand adventure by moving to South Hill, Virginia, where they lived for seven years. Bill again worked in the logging industry during their years in Virginia. He was also able to enrich his longtime interest in the Civil War by visiting many battlefields and other historical sites near their home. Bill loved history.

The family returned to Oregon in August 2012, settling on Bill's family's farm near Gates. The farm was his favorite place in the world. He loved fishing, hunting and hiking through the surrounding woods. Bill started his current job at Santiam High School in the fall of 2014. He claimed this was his favorite job ever. Bill enjoyed interacting with the children at the school and helping create order in a busy school environment. He always worked hard to support his family.

Bill was the epitome of a family man. He was always deeply involved in the lives of his four children. Whether he was singing Frank Sinatra songs to the kids as babies, patiently listening to their cries of, “Papa, watch this!” or creating all sorts of fun adventures, Bill always put his family before himself. He lived to be with his family. He had a knack for making others feel welcome. At any family gathering, Bill always made time to talk to everyone, including nieces and nephews who were barely old enough to talk. He was known as “The Baby Whisperer” to so many. He had a special way with children that was apparent to everyone.

It didn’t matter if you were a patron of the food bank where he volunteered or the CEO of a corporation – Bill treated everyone with the same amount of respect and kindness. He had a special gift for making everyone feel special. Coaching his son’s baseball teams brought Bill much joy. He was a wonderful teacher who always encouraged his players. He made many lasting friendships through his involvement in local youth baseball. Everyone remembers how he taught his teams the “Flip” game and would say, “By you!” when a player struck out.

Bill had the rare combination of being both a great storyteller, and a wonderful listener. He mixed those qualities perfectly. His stories -- of work, of play, of family life -- invariably had listeners laughing at his impeccable timing and homespun language. His skill as a raconteur was aided by the slight Southern drawl he picked up during his years in Virginia. He was a fine conversationalist, able to discuss any number of subjects ranging from politics to religion to the possible Bigfoot tracks he found near his family's wooded property in 1994. Bill loved entertaining people with his experiences.  Occasionally, he might have even exaggerated the truth a bit.

Bill’s faith was his greatest treasure. He possessed an unwavering faith, knowing that he would ultimately end up in Heaven. He often remarked that this couldn’t come quickly enough for him. Bill was an amazing example of a Christian man. He believed that his calling was to live a quiet and simple life and to work with his hands. His Bible was old and worn and covered with his notes. It was definitely well used.

Bill is survived by his wife of 19 years, Julie; his daughters, Madeline, 18, and Sarah, 5, and his sons, Jack, 16, and Jonathan, 10; his parents, William and Christine Pennick of Gates; his siblings Jared (Melissa) of Stayton, and Mandy (Ryan) of Lyons; grandparents, Lyle and Barbara Rogers of Salem; 13 nieces and nephews; and in-laws Alan and Kristine Jacoby of Salem.

Donations in Bill's memory may be made to MCGRA Youth sports, South Hill Dixie Youth, or Oregon Right to Life. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.
 


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