David Stuart Baird was born Oct. 16, 1944 in Portland to Art and Dorothy (Baldwin) Baird. He passed at his home in Oceanside, surrounded by friends and family, on Aug. 23, 2011 after a brave battle with cancer.
Dave was a lifelong resident of Tillamook and Oceanside and was well-known in the community. After moving to Tillamook with his family in 1953, Dave attended schools in Tillamook from third grade through high school, graduating from Tillamook High School in 1962. Dave graduated from Willamette University in Salem with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1966.
Dave is survived by his mother, Dorothy Baird of Tillamook; brother, Richard and wife Robin Baird of Lacey, Wash.; sister, Suzanne Clark of Aloha; brother, Cory Baird of Milwaukie; and by many loving nieces and nephews.
As he battled cancer during the past two years, he was especially grateful for the support and care of his family and extended family, Patti Tippett and stepson Aaron Miller of Tillamook. Dave had come to accept Christ and was blessed by the care of his many friends and a reconnection in faith with his cousins Don and Jerry Baldwin, both former residents of Tillamook.
From early age into adulthood Dave excelled in baseball. His lifelong passion for the game led to recognition in high school and to achievements as a four-year letterman in college. Following college and with the help of a Portland Beavers coach, Dave pitched professionally in the Los Angeles Angels and Atlanta Braves organizations. Dave returned to live in Tillamook in the early 1970s, but continued to play baseball with some of the top amateur teams in California and Oregon.
In 1985 he took over his father Art Baird’s business, Oregon Coast Evergreen, and moved to Oceanside. The business thrived under Dave’s management and has provided a livelihood for dozens of families. During this time, Dave coached pitchers at Pacific University and played softball with some of the nation’s best teams from Portland.
Dave dedicated much of his time to coaching; numerous young baseball players benefited from his knowledge, skill and teaching. Always known for his trusting and kind nature, Dave often went out of his way to help community members during times of need. Dave’s smile, wit and kindness will be greatly missed by family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 24 at Tillamook United Methodist Church, 3808 12th St. In remembrance, contributions may be made in Dave’s name to the Tillamook County Family YMCA Foundation, supporting youth sports, or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are in care of Waud’s Funeral Home.