1942 — December 10, 2017
David Bakley, 75, passed away December 10, 2017 after a prolonged illness.
David was born in Jefferson, Iowa in 1942, graduated from Ogden High School in 1969 and attended Westmar College in Le Mars, Iowa graduating in 1964 with a Bachelors in Industrial Arts. He later earned his Master’s in Health Education at Oregon State University.
David started his teaching career at Henley High in Klamath Falls and Jackson High in Portland. In 1972, he then went on to spend 22 years teaching and coaching at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany. David was the Oregon Track Coach of the Year six times and coached 25 All Americans and six National Champions. Three of the athletes went on to the Seoul Olympics in 1988. David also had several special coaching assignments that took him to Katmandu, Nepal and Nyadire, Zimbabwe.
In 1995 David moved to Boise, Idaho and was a Health Care Consultant for Healthwise Corporation.
After moving to Mississippi in 2000, David was recruited to teach and coach at Tupelo High School where the girls and boys teams, both CC and Track, were State Champions for his two years there. When he retired a final time, David moved to Lakeland, Florida for 10 years.
David is survived by his wife, Pamm, his three children, Grant and wife Gina, Wade, and Kory; their mother Barb Blyth-Evans; six grandchildren; David's sister, Jolane Bakley and Jim Davidson; mother-in-law Jackie Swanson; sister-in-law Sue and Dave Young; brother-in law Greg Swanson; sister-in-law Debbie Swanson; and many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.