Ted Atkinson

Formerly of Baker City, 1947-2019

Teddy Delmer “Ted” Atkinson, 71, of La Grande, and formerly of Baker City, died May 1, 2019, at his home.

A celebration of life will take place this summer where his ashes will be spread at his favorite timber property.

Ted was born on Dec. 16, 1947, at Baker City to John and LaVelle (Givens) Atkinson. He resided in Hereford, Fossil, Baker City, Prineville and La Grande. He attended school in Fossil and Baker City and was a multi-sport athlete in high school. He attended the University of Idaho, where he played football and joined ROTC. In 1967, he transferred to Eastern Oregon University where he played football and completed his master’s degree in 1970. In 1996, he earned his doctorate from Southwestern University.

Ted worked for Boise Cascade; Prineville School District and Eastern Oregon University. Ted’s first priority was his family and he and Patty were married for 51 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, huckleberry picking, mushrooming, traveling, playing golf, coin collecting, working to improve his timber property and following grandson Logan’s baseball games. He played on the adult softball league and with the city league basketball and coached Little League baseball. His other favorite things to do were to watch Mariners Baseball, Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks.

He was awarded the Sam Walton Fellow award for his involvement in SIFE 2000-2002, was a professor emeritus (Tenured), and received the National Guard’s “Being a Pro” award as a supervisor of Guardsman employees. He was a member of the Prineville Elks, La Grande Optimist Club, National Wildland Firefighters Association and was a proud member of the Northern Cherokee Nation and a descendent of the Osage Nation.

Ted is survived by his wife, Patty; his son, Lee Atkinson of La Grande; his daughter, Lisa Atkinson (Robert Aguirre) of Seattle and Hawaii; his brother, Laine (Vicki) Atkinson of Caldwell, Idaho; his sister, Rhonda (Herb) Hickman of Bend; two grandchildren, Logan Atkinson and Brittany Seavert of La Grande; his sister-in-law, Terri Hocker (Gayle); his brother-in-law, Charles Fisher (Mardell); 12 nieces and nephews, numerous great nieces and nephews, and his aunt, Evelyn, and uncle, Bob Wells.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and LaVelle; his grandparents, Elmer and Ethel Graven; his sister-in-law, Larae Hocker and brother-in-law, Michael Fisher; and Patty’s parents, Bill and Macel Fisher.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to the charity of your choice or to the Eastern Oregon University Foundation, One University Blvd., La Grande, OR 97850, the ALS Association, Oregon & SW Washington Chapter, 310 SW Fourth Avenue, Suite No. 630, Portland OR 97204 or to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, Oregon Chapter, 1650 Northwest Naito Parkway, Suite 190, Portland OR 97209.

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