In Memory

Debby Baron

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05/08/19 01:58 PM #1    

Mary Lou Beemer

Debby Baron and I were good friends in grade school and junior high.  Debby went to the Catholic grade school while I went to Franklin but we played together after school a lot in grade school.  We were in Blue Birds and Camp Fire Girls together in grade school and junior high.  She was a sensitive, artistic and talented person.  Debby was an excellent creative writer.  In 7th grade at Highland View we played in a small band together.  I remember we played "Louie Louie" at a 7th grade party at Highland View.  We were both Beatles fans in junior high and we were thrilled when we took photos of the Beatles on our television sets when the Beatles first appeared on the Ed Sulivan show.  Debby liked to wasterski and spent many fun weekends with her family waterskiing at Trangle Lake.  It is hard to believe that she passed away so man years ago.

06/01/19 10:07 AM #2    

David Johnson

Debby died in 1972.

08/14/19 11:57 PM #3    

Light (Robert) Bryant

She was a very special, gifted, and distinctive young lady. Her very sad death at such a young age still is haunting to remember.

She would undoubtedly have achieved and created so much given a normal lifespan.

08/15/19 11:31 AM #4    

Barbara (Bj) Fischer (Strickland-McAtee)

I have never forgotten Debby and then how she died has haunted me. Sometimes these things happen, I believe. Apparently she was a juvenile diabetic needing shots every day. She was driving with her fiancee/boyfriend somewhere in an isolated area with cliffs, I do not know in which state or here in OR, when her blood sugar got low.  She opened a can of pop and it exploded all over the windshield causing her boyfriend to drive off a cliff. By the time they were found she had died of a diabetic coma. I have always felt that she was taken before she achieved her life's purpose.  RIP Debby.




12/04/19 01:56 PM #5    

David Johnson

Barbara has shared what she heard about Debby's death, and I thank her for that. For Debby's friends, I want to clarify a few things about the crash that ended her life, so some of their questions might be answered. While Debby had juvenile diabetes, at the time of her death her condition was well-controlled with daily injected medicine and her lifestyle choices. The crash occurred while driving south between Cottage Grove and Roseburg on I-5. Debby died of her injuries when the car I was driving left the road and rolled over. A bottle of soda was involved, as Barbara said. When soda sprayed heavily on Debby, the commotion prolonged the distraction of opening it without a bottle opener. My poor judgement as driver in trying to assist with the opening is undeniable. I am grateful to my classmates who offered perspective and compassion to me during our 50th reunion. To Debby's friends who miss her, please know that you can contact me, if you wish. 


12/05/19 09:45 AM #6    

Jane McCauley (Thomas)

Dave, thanks for posting this.  I've always known this story because my sister was close to your brother.  I'm sure this memory is hard for you to think about.  Thanks for opening up.  Hugs!  It was good to see you at the reunion.     --Jane 

12/10/19 09:09 PM #7    

Light (Robert) Bryant

Thank you, Dave, for sharing these undoubtedly sad, painful, and haunting memories with us.

The accident happened during the time our family was living in the Panama Canal Zone (then a U.S. territory). By the time I came back to Corvallis (January 1968) it was an event I never heard anyone talk about. (This makes much more sense now).

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