Baker City, Oregon
Marla Rae Cavallo, 45, of Baker City, died Jan. 19, 2007, at her home after a one-year battle with cancer.
Visitations will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.
A Celebration of Life service will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, 2235 First St. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception at 10 a.m. in the parish hall before heading to the cemetery.
There will be a graveside services at 12:45 p.m. Saturday at Olney Cemetery, 865 Tutilla Road, at Pendleton.
Marla Cavallo was born June 10, 1961, at Pendleton to Henry T. and Kathryn R. Bennett Cavallo. She was raised mainly at Portland and Pendleton.
She was a 1979 graduate of Pendleton High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Eastern Oregon State College at La Grande, graduating in 1984. In 1992, Ms. Cavallo received double master’s degrees from Portland State University in Teaching Health Education and Teaching Exercise Science and Sports Studies.
She began her teaching career in April 1984 as a substitute teacher at Rainier. From August 1984 through June 1986, Ms. Cavallo taught physical education and health at Roseburg Middle School in Naselle, Wash.
Ms. Cavallo joined the Baker High School staff in the fall of 1987 where she taught to the present time. At Baker City, Ms. Cavallo taught physical education, health, CPR and first aid, advanced health and HERO (Health Education Research Occupation).
Ms. Cavallo developed and wrote the curriculum for the HERO program. Many Baker High School graduates have gone on to pursue medical careers because of this course.
Ms. Cavallo’s enthusiasm and zest for life was an inspiration to many of her students. While teaching in Baker City, Ms. Cavallo coached varsity volleyball, JV softball and varsity softball. During her coaching years she earned the name of “Coach Cavallo” from many students.
She loved her travels with her friends on their sailboat to El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Canada and the San Juan Islands. Her favorite trip was to a Cooking School in Italy with her friend, Gayle.
Ms. Cavallo’s hobbies included sailing, hiking, camping, stained-glass work, watching WNBA and football. She enjoyed any and all outdoor activities.
Cooking was her passion. She was especially known for her spaghetti sauce she would make for local fund-raiser events.
Survivors include her mother, Kathryn Cavallo of Pendleton; her twin brother, Mike Cavallo of Hermiston; brother and sister-in-law, Tony and Susan Cavallo of Pendleton; sister and brother-in-law, Kathi and Jeff Correa of Echo; her nieces, Kylie, Kelsey and Cheyenne; and other relatives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her father Henry Cavallo; her maternal and paternal grandparents; and several uncles and aunts.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Hospice through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, January 26, 2007
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor