Cecil Dare Dillard, age 74, departed this life on Oct. 31, 2017, in Mt. Shasta, Calif. Prior to moving to Mt. Shasta in 2006, he had been a longtime resident of Dallas.
Cecil was born on Aug. 13, 1943, in Fairview, Okla., to Bonnie and Cecil Clair Dillard, and was the oldest of three boys.
As a child, Cecil’s family moved west to Goleta, Calif., from Oklahoma, and then subsequently relocated to Oregon.
Cecil graduated from Springfield High School in Springfield 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, Calif., 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 1970s, Cecil settled in Dallas, 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, Wash., 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 Dec. 10, 2002, after a heroic battle with cancer.
Cecil retired from teaching in the early 2000s.
In 2006, he reconnected with a former friend and widow, Sally (Sara) Abbe, of Mt. Shasta, whom he had met while at College of the Siskiyous in the 1960s. Cecil and Sally were married in Mt. Shasta on Aug. 31, 2006, and they shared 10 wonderful years together until Sally’s passing on Nov. 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, and Jerry Dillard (Kris), of Dallas; his sons, Beau Dillard, of Mt. Shasta, and Dru Dillard (Theresa), of San Jose, Calif.; 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 St., Dallas, on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at 11 a.m.
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