Gene N. Tanselli
Published in The
Oregonian on 7/5/2009
Tanselli, Gene N. 80
2/4/1929 - 6/26/2009
Gene Tanselli passed away peacefully in Corvallis with his wife of 50
years at his side. People will remember him for his love of family, baseball,
golf and a good cigar. His sense of humor and great personality is what
he leaves behind to all who knew him.
His life began in 1929 in Portland, the son of Lena and Pasquale Tanselli.
Gene graduated from Jefferson High School in 1947, where he lettered in
baseball and basketball. He attended Oregon State College where he was
a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
After graduating from OSC in 1951, Gene played professional baseball for
the Salem Senators of the Northwest League, then onto the San Diego Padres
and the Tulsa Oilers.
Gene began his coaching and teaching career at Franklin High School in
Portland in 1956.
He married Joan Belcher in 1958. They moved to Vancouver, where he coached
at Clark Junior College. His final stop was Oregon State University, where
he began teaching in the physical education department and was an assistant
to Ralph Coleman with the baseball team from 1962 to 1965; Gene was head
baseball coach for the Beavers from 1966 to 1972. He finished his career
working in the PE department until his retirement in 1989.
Gene was a gifted athlete, coach and educator. He resided in the Corvallis
area from 1962 until the time of his death. Some of Gene's proudest moments
are when he was chosen to play in the annual Esquire All-American Boy's
baseball game at Wrigley Field in Chicago. His coach was Ty Cobb.
Gene was inducted into the OSU Sports Hall of Fame and the Portland Interscholastic
League (PIL) Hall of Fame.
Gene is survived by his wife, Joan; daughter and son-in-law, Lia and Montie
Watson, and grandchildren, Aaron and Avery of Midland, Texas; son and
daughter-in-law, Paul and Cori, and grandchildren, Mitchell, McKenna,
Kaitlynn and Hannah of Lebanon; and son, Lou Tanselli of Philomath.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Phillip. A private
family service will be held. Please join the family from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday,
July 12, 2009, for a celebration of life at the Corvallis Country Club,
1850 S.W. Whiteside Drive.
Remembrances may be made in memory of Gene Tanselli to the OSU Foundation
Baseball Fund, c/o OSU Foundation, 850 S.W. 35th St., Corvallis, OR 97333;
or to Benton County Hospice in care of DeMoss-Durdan Funeral Home, 815
N.W. Buchanan Ave., Corvallis, OR 9733