Message on the passing of Dean Padar
Posted Jun 10, 2020

Message from Chris Balison, President, on behalf of Kamloops Minor Baseball

The Kamloops baseball community has lost a long-time contributor and builder. Dean Padar was synonymous when it comes to Kamloops and baseball.  His playing career started in Kamloops Minor Baseball and led to suiting up for the Kamloops Sandpipers in the 80s and 90s.

Beyond playing, Dean was a long-time volunteer, board member, and President of the Kamloops International Baseball Tournament.

As a testament to the countless volunteer hours building the game of baseball, in 2002, Dean was bestowed the George Connelly Memorial Award by the British Columbia Senior Baseball Association.

In recent years, Dean’s baseball contributions were focused on Kamloops Minor Baseball where he coached at both the grass roots and high-performance levels.

I had the opportunity to play with Dean 25 years ago when I was just in high school. He was the grizzly veteran who took me under his wing and made a lasting impression.

Fast-forward to recent years and I had the pleasure of coaching with Dean as our sons start their own baseball adventures.  He had a coaching style that could find a way to connect with every player.

When you think about the amount of people he has touched through baseball, there will be a huge hole to fill in our local baseball community. For now, that community will come together to support his family, then find the right way to honour his memory. 

We will miss him dearly.

Chris Balison, President
Kamloops Minor Baseball