Cecil Dare Dillard, age 74, departed this life on October 31, 2017 in Mt. Shasta, California. Prior to moving to Mt. Shasta in 2006, he had been a longtime resident of Dallas, Oregon.
Cecil was born on August 13, 1943 in Fairview, Oklahoma to Bonnie and Cecil Clair Dillard and was the oldest of three boys. As a child, Cecil’s family moved west to Goleta, California from Oklahoma, and then subsequently relocated to Oregon. Cecil graduated from Springfield High School, in Springfield, Oregon, in 1961 where he played several sports, including basketball, thereby capitalizing on his 6 foot, 6 inch stature. He went on to attend College of the Siskiyous in Weed, California where he also played basketball and made many lifelong friends. Cecil ultimately obtained a bachelor of science degree in education from Oregon College of Education (now called Western Oregon University) and continued there with his collegiate basketball career. He later obtained a master of science in education while working as a teacher.
In the 1970’s, Cecil settled in Dallas, Oregon where he taught a myriad of social science classes at Dallas High School, and coached several sports teams, most notably the varsity basketball team. Cecil married fellow teacher, Melanie Joy (Fruechtenicht) Dillard, on April 29, 1978, in Vancouver Washington and they had two sons, Dru (born in 1979) and Beau (born in 1983). Cecil and Melanie attended Evangelical Bible Church and were active in the church community. Melanie predeceased Cecil on December 10, 2002 after a heroic battle with cancer.
Cecil retired from teaching in the early 2000’s. In 2006, he reconnected with a former friend and widow, Sally (Sara) Abbe, of Mt. Shasta, California, whom he had met while at College of the Siskiyous in the 1960s. Cecil and Sally were married in Mt. Shasta on August 31, 2006 and they shared 10 wonderful years together until Sally’s passing on November 24, 2016. Cecil and Sally were active at the Evangelical Free Church in Mt. Shasta, and Cecil continued to help coach various local basketball teams in the Mt. Shasta area even in his retirement.
Cecil loved his family, fishing, a big breakfast, teaching, coaching, and all sports, especially basketball.
Cecil is survived by his two brothers, Bill Dillard (Donna) of Salem, Oregon, and Jerry Dillard (Kris) of Dallas, Oregon; his sons, Beau Dillard of Mt. Shasta, California, and Dru Dillard (Theresa) of San Jose, California; and his grandchildren, Chase (6 years old), Taylor (4 years old), and Ella (10 months old), children of Dru and Theresa.
Friends and family are invited to attend Cecil’s memorial service at Evangelical Bible Church, 1175 SE Howe Street, Dallas, Oregon, on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.