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"Del" Delmer L. Bayne

February 13, 1939 - June 14, 2018


Delmer Lyle Bayne passed away Thursday June 14th, 2018 in Salem, OR. He was born Feb. 13, 1939 in Corvallis OR to Charlcia May (Branson) and Lyle Spears Bayne, the oldest of four boys. The family moved to Salem in 1944, where his father worked as a tugboat captain on the Willamette during WWII. They purchased a ten-acre parcel of land near the SW corner of S Commercial and Madrona Avenue.
 
The original house was replaced in 1954 with a spacious new home large enough to accommodate the myriad activities of the four boys and their friends. It was a gathering place for parties, endless meals and high jinx that will be left to his old high school pals to recall. Del graduated from South Salem HS in 1957, a member of the first class to matriculate all four years at the new school.
 
Del attended junior college in Vancouver WA and went on to work for Sears in Salem. He also worked afterhours for several local businesses and still managed time to meet friends in the late evening hours to socialize. He found his permanent niche as a bartender at Magoo's tavern and worked there for 30 years, retiring in 2005. He was viewed by many as the consummate barkeep and in 1998 was honored as Employee of the Year by the Oregon Restaurant Association.
 
Del married Kate Fitzgerald Ramage September 26, 1987. They first met at the local swimming pool when she was 14 and he 17 and they maintained their friendship through the years. When they eventually married it was easy for Del to share "dad" status, having known Kate's children all their lives. His attitude exemplified the value of appreciating the strengths of both the biological and "logical" family.
 
Del and Kate enjoyed married life, weathering the difficult times and celebrating the successes of the large and active family. Family camp quickly became an annual tradition along with numerous picnics and dinners enjoyed together throughout the year. Holidays, birthdays and other landmark events were, and for the time being will continue to be, celebrated at the family home.
 
Del enjoyed good food, cooking, and trying new recipes. He is famous for his potato salad which he was always expected to bring to potlucks and parties.
 
Del's favorite hobby and source of relaxation was gardening. He and Kate worked to create an oasis that helped insulate themselves from the creeping boundaries of urban growth. They are well-known for the giant hostas that grow there. The Memorial Day tradition was important to Del and many garden plants were selected specifically to bloom at just the right time to create beautiful bouquets.
 
His fondness for cats was a good thing as, with so many "walk-ons" becoming part of the family, the potting shed was soon converted to a cat house. His list of good dogs is long and he loved each in their time. His favorite was a black cocker spaniel dubbed "Little Beau Bayne" who Del once accused of being responsible for the epic flooding of the kitchen when a faucet was left on, and a few years later, for the speeding ticket they received while running errands. Beau adamantly denied both accusations but the catchphrase "Beau did it" was part of the family vernacular for years.
 
Favorite travel destinations with friends and family were the Ashland Shakespearean Festival, jazz festivals from Sun Valley and Sacramento to the San Juan Islands; local, college and regional sports events including several trips to NCAA semi-finals and finals and, always Beaver football games (where they were ticket holders for many years); anywhere on the Oregon coast; their son's cabin at Black Butte Ranch; and the Long Beach Washington peninsula where they frequently house-sat, made lifelong friendships and became part of the community.
 
Shorter getaways were planned regularly to make time with just each other and "Date Night", a tradition established at the beginning of their marriage, was a time each month to grab a bite, catch some local music and discuss the "state of the marriage".
 
Del and Kate were volunteer managers of the Salem Heights Community hall for over 10 years and, with the help of great board members, were able to facilitate the transfer of the deed to the historical Mission Mill Museum in 2011, the year the building reached its century mark. Del was a team leader for the Kairos Community Lunch program at St Mark Lutheran church for a number of years and also served at the former location, Jason Lee Methodist church. Out of the Kairos program sprang the "Bread Ministry" which supplies Kairos with bread and desserts generously donated by a local store. Items that might otherwise be thrown away are picked up weekdays by a dedicated team of Kairos volunteers. Del was a member of St Mark Lutheran church in Salem, an inclusive church known for community activism. Del simply and reliably walked the talk of his faith.
 
Family and friends are devastated by Del's passing. From so many calls, texts and e-mails, here are some of the words they used to describe him: loving, smart and well-read, generous, sweet (most often repeated), dependable, the go-to guy for obscure sports facts, a fan of good scotch, a steadfast friend, and "the best of husbands". He was a man who looked forward to each day and always planned for it to be a good one. And if that didn't happen, then there was tomorrow to try again. He celebrated the small accomplishments of life with a high five and the declaration that (tongue in cheek), it had to be the result of "clean living". These mini-successes ran the gamut of finding a good parking place to safely returning home from a trip.  There is a hole in the hearts of all who loved him.
 
Del was predeceased by his brother, William L. Bayne of Salem OR.   He is survived by his wife, Kate; brothers Robert L. (Terry) Bayne of Maricopa AZ and Roger L. (Sherry) Bayne of Salem and Surprise AZ.  Also Surviving him are his stepdaughters Margaret (fiancé Michael Ferrazzano) Geer and her son Zach; Stephanie (Robert) Milton and her sons Sean Grissom and Chris (Amy) Grissom and their children: Bergen, Keeley, Dillon and Owen; Sarah Sanders and her daughter MacKenzie Wyllie whose father, David, Del thought of as a son-in-law; and stepson Matthew (Lisa) Ramage and their children Matthew and Lindsey. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Boys and Girl Club of Salem https://bgc-salem.org/ the charity of your choice.
 
Services will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30th at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service followed by a gathering at Magoo's Sports bar.

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Dearest Kate: I am so sorry for your loss. What a blessing that the two of you lived such a rich and full life, with such devotion to each other, the family and the community. I wish you lots of love, joy and peace: always



We sure have enjoyed every time we have been with Del and Kate over all these years!

We are cherishing memories of Del....



Uncle Delmer with Neilsen Roger Prentiss Bair.
Christening April 1993
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
All our love Anthony Kimberly  Neilsen and Teasla