Richard David Ball, 67, died Sept. 2, 2013 in Clackamas, Ore.
He was born Dec. 7, 1945, in The Dalles, Ore., to Malvin and Davina Ball. He was raised on a wheat and cattle ranch nearby in Dufur, Ore. He earned a bachelor of science degree at Portland State University.
Prior to coming to Canby, Ore., he taught a year in Los Angeles, a year at Fossil, Ore., two years at Portland State University while obtaining his master’s degree, and six years at St. Paul High School.
He met his future wife, Florence, while at Portland State University. They resided in Newberg, Ore., while he taught and coached at St. Paul High School.
He and his family moved to Canby in 1978 and he taught mathematics at the high school there for 21 years before retiring in 1999. For the first seven years at Canby High School, he was an assistant track coach.
He was a member of Grandview Baptist Church. He was an avid sports fan, attending many of the Canby High School and Portland State University athletic events. He also had an interest in genealogy, family, and travel.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years; daughter, DeAnna, Salem, Ore.; son, David; Milwaukie, Ore.; brother, Gordon, Woodburn, Ore.; and two grandchildren.
A memorial service will be Friday, Sept. 6, at 3 p.m. at Grandview Baptist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
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