- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.