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Richard "Dick" Macnab

Monday, December 19th, 1949 - Sunday, January 6th, 2019
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Dick Macnab passed away on January 6, 2019 in Hood River while playing basketball.

He was born December 19, 1949 in The Dalles, OR to Peter Macnab and Janet (Kaseberg) Macnab. He grew up on the family farm outside of Wasco, OR with his three brothers and one sister. He attended Wasco Grade School and graduated from Sherman High School in 1967. He was a member of FFA, played tennis, and wrestled. After graduation, he attended Oregon State University where he met his wife, Pam. They married on September 18, 1971 in Albany, OR. Dick graduated from OSU in 1972. Dick and Pam moved back to Wasco in 1972.

Upon moving home, Dick worked for his dad on the family farm and eventually took over the ranch with his younger brother, Jim. After having a stroke in July of 2006, he retired from farming and started work as a crop insurance adjuster. He also spent several years coaching basketball at both Sherman High School and Dufur High School.

Dick’s biggest passion was always basketball. He was an avid sports enthusiast, but basketball was always #1. He spent the school year watching any and every sporting event he could. He supported Sherman, The Dalles, Dufur, and any other team that he felt was exciting to watch. He was also a lifetime runner, participating in Hood to Coast for several years. He played for the local softball team, Frosty’s, until they disbanded. He joined the Barnstormers theater group in 1980 and was involved in every play either acting or directing until they disbanded in 2004.

Dick’s life was changed for the better first when his daughter, Tori, was born and again when his grandchildren, Gemma and Enzo, were born. Anyone who got to know him in the last five years most likely either saw him with a grandkid in his arms or heard all about them. He was so proud of all three of them.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Janet; his brother, Peter; and his parents-in-law, Dwight and Lorna Fisher.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Pam (Fisher) Macnab of Wasco, OR; daughter Tori Macnab Medina and son-in-law Tony of The Dalles, OR; his much beloved grandchildren, Gemma and Enzo; and his faithful companion, Casey. He is also survived by his father, Pete Macnab of Wasco, OR; brothers Loren, Craig, and Jim (Dorene) of Wasco, OR; sister Joy of The Dalles, OR; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A celebration of life will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 26th, 2019 at The Wasco School Event Center (903 Barnett St, Wasco, Oregon 97065). Potluck reception will follow.

Donations can be made in Dick’s name to the Sherman County Athletic Foundation c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center • Celilo Chapel 204 E. 4th Street, The Dalles, Oregon 97058.

Visit www.AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 11:00am
    Wasco School Event Center
    903 Barnett Street
    WASCO, OR 97065
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    a potluck reception and time of continued sharing will follow at the Event Center


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Private Condolence

Fred Justesen

Posted at 10:33pm
I first met Dick when I was a freshman at Sherman High. Everybody wants to talk about his basket ball playing, but I remember him as a teammate in the wrestling program. Dick and I were on the first wrestling team Sherman High had. (1964) Dick was one of those kids that was slow to mature physically, so wrestling was a challenge for him. He had a great attitude, worked hard, never gave up, and was willing to have a go with anybody on the team. As I recall, Dick and I shared an apartment with two other guys my sophomore year at OSU. Dick and I always got along great and had a lot of good times. One of my most vivid memories was when we decided to have a kegger. It was a huge success....or should I say mess! It got completely out of hand and the Corvallis Police showed up, not just once but twice. At that time there was a three day eviction notice in effect. The other two roommates were gone that weekend and needless to say they were not to happy to discover they had two days to vacate the premises. Dick and I seemed to view the world in a similar fashion and I always enjoyed our discussions when we crossed paths now and again. I was looking forward to having more conversations with Dick. I considered Dick a good friend and will always have fond memories. My condolences to the family. I found one picture of Dick. He came home from college with me for the weekend and got his picture taken with some of the Justesen clan.

Steve Chance

Posted at 01:04am
Dick was a real competitor on the basketball court. He always worked hard when we played Sundays at the Horizon gym. I will miss seeing and playing with him.

What a tragic loss. My condolences to his family.

Gary Hertel

Posted at 04:39pm
Didn’t know Dick real well but did respect him on the basketball court. Played against him some 38-40 years ago in City League in The Dalles. He was a good guy, fierce competitor, heck of a shooter. We’ve lost him too early. God Bless the Macnab family, great people!

David Richelderfer

Posted at 11:28am
Dick and I competed on many levels over the 65 or so years we knew each other. We attended Wasco Grade School, Sherman High School, and Oregon State University together. In grade school we competed for finishing first on the math tests. He and I always finished neck-and-neck, perhaps not with the best scores, but we always had the longest recesses because we got to leave first after having finished the tests first.

In college we lived on the same dorm floor - Wilson 4th Floor. We played intramurals together representing Wilson 4th in basketball and softball. We played together on the all university championship fastpitch softball team from Wilson 4th. That championship included winning over all the fraternity teams. Quite an accomplishment.

In later years, Dick and I played city basketball representing Wasco for several years. Dick was a rather good player - better than most - and, yes, very competitive.

It was a long friendship between us and our parents, and I will miss the intermittent visit at the Lean to and Goose Pit. With your family, I share their sorrow.

Diana Compton

Posted at 08:17pm
Carl started playing basketball with Dick in the 1960's and spent many occasions on the court playing together and competing against each other in city league basketball. Carl told me about one time they went to Portland to play in the state games and spent the night in Dick's car because they were too cheap to get a motel. Eventually Craig also joined in when he moved back to town. They became good friends too. Dick not only came to the gym to play but attended most girls and boys games at The Dalles High School and has for many years sometimes helping with the books. We also would see him at Sherman County elementary and middle school games. I sat in front of him a couple weeks ago at a TDHS girls game and I kept interrupting him from his Kindle reading that he would do during time outs and half time to chat. I'm glad I did. Carl is sure wishing he had gone to have a beer with him that night. Occasionally Tori and the grandkids would join him. Whenever I would mention the grands his eyes would light up and a little smile of pride would come to his face. We ran into Dick at the Sherman County Fair last summer with the kids in tow. It was crazy how often I would see him at Fred Meyers and always visit a bit. Carl said, "We were friends for a long time". Our family sends our deepest condolences to Pam, Tori and the grandkids. We are so sad for your loss.

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