Jack Ray Bateman
Jack Ray Bateman 74, passed away in his sleep on Saturday, March 20th, after many challenging months with liver cancer and related illness. Jack was born in Tulare, California, in 1947 to a family of migrant
farmworkers. In his early childhood, his family moved to
Gresham, Oregon, where they grew broccoli and strawberries on the family farm. Jack graduated from Gresham High School in 1965. In 1970 he became a long-haul truck driver for Coast Transport. He met the love of his life, Randi Gullberg, in 1974. They married in early 1975, and later that autumn had their first son, Christopher.
They welcomed their second son, Jeffrey, in 1978,
and third son, Matthew, in 1982. Over the years, Jack's greatest joys were weekends fishing, Sunday church, and family dinners. His retirement years included time with grandchildren Aydin and Bryce, small fishing trips, and adventures with Randi in their camper enjoying the great outdoors. Jack loved westerns, baking, and time with family. He was honest, trustworthy, kind, and dependable.
His laugh was deep, as was the depth of his heart — and we were blessed to have him in our lives. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, James and Florence Bateman, and his brother, Donald Bateman. He is survived by his wife, Randi Bateman, and sons Christopher Bateman (spouse Adam Murdoch), Jeffrey Bateman (spouse Tricia Bateman), and Matt Bateman (spouse
Erin Bateman), as well as siblings Ila Petit, Larry Bateman, Bob Bateman, and Barbara Murphy. If there is one thing we want to carry on in Jack's memory, it would be to remember this: Show up, be present. Jack reminded us of the power and deep love of being present for others, and it changed all our lives for the better. A service to celebrate the life of Jack will be on Saturday, May 8th, at 10 am PT. The memorial will be online, so anyone and all can participate safely. bit.ly/MemorialForJack In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family would love to have you make a difference by donating to OHSU Knight Cancer Institute's research, the community efforts at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Portland, Oregon, or the Oregon Food Bank.