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Patricia Otis Dyke Lindblom
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Patty Dyke was born March 30, 1926 in the little brown farm house often referred to in the column “From the 4 Seasons,” which she wrote for 12 years for the News Register.
Halfway up Rex Hill, her parents, Ralph G. and Katherine Romig Otis, owned a large fruit and nut farm and ran the Otis nut dryer.
Patty enjoyed telling how her father had delivered her before the doctor could drive out from Newberg. She was proud to have attended the two-room Rex School. She was seen weekly trudging the dusty roads or riding her bike to collect news items for her column in the Newberg Graphic, “The Rex Region Review.” She was paid ½ cent per inch for her copy and learned to stretch a simple story.
After graduating from Rex, Patty graduated from Newberg Union High School and won a scholarship to Willamette University. She attended two years then left in 1945 to marry Dr. Walter P. Dyke, on November 11.
They had met at Harmony Falls Lodge on Sprit Lake at the base of Mt. St. Helens where Patty was a summer waitress. Dr. Dyke, on a photography assignment, used the kitchen’s walk-in pantry as a darkroom to change film. The couple made their first home in a movie-prop log cabin built for a filming of “The Call of the Wild,” shot in Heather Meadows near Mt. Baker Lodge in Washington. There they did ski photography, snow scenes, and ran the chair lift when the lodge opened after WWII.
They then moved to McMinnville and centered their life around Linfield College, where Dr. Dyke was a physics professor, whose research led to the establishment of Linfield Research Institute, Femcor, and eventually attracted Hewlett-Packard to McMinnville. The couple had four daughters.
Patty enjoyed travelling and accompanied her husband Walt often when he was invited to give a scientific paper in Washington DC, Scandinavian countries, and Europe. In more recent years, she went alone to do heli-hiking in the Bugaboo Mountains in B.C., the Maritime Provinces, and photographed polar bears out of Churchill, Manitoba.
She often entertained international scientists for her husband in their home on Westside Road. Her greatest joys were her family and being a homemaker. Over the years, she volunteered as a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, and also for the S.M.A.R.T. reading program. She was a founder of Mahala Jr. Matrons and was president of Linfield Faculty Wives Club. She held a membership in Willamette’s Delta Phi Sorority and Linfield’s Mu Phi Epsilon, P.E.O, and Shakespeare Study Club. She was also a longtime Methodist.
Her home was generously offered to Young Life, Sigma Phi Sorority and used for cast parties for Gallery Players.
Her interests were varied and included reading, trail riding at the Flying M Ranch, baking, writing both prose and poetry, painting free-style peasant furniture, photographing interesting doors, collecting red rocks, hiking, and working in her flower garden. She was a serious bird watcher and all things in the Native American culture were of great interest to her.
In 2002 she married her longtime friend, Lindy Lindblom, in Woodland Park, Colorado in the home of his sister.
Preceding Patty in death were Dr. W.P. Dyke, a brother Harrison Grey Otis, a sister Peggy Otis Hadley, and Lindy Lindblom.
She is survived by her daughters Kristi Dyke Beathe, Anchorage, AK; Katey Jones, Sunriver, OR; Melinda L. Dyke, Marana, AZ; and Kelli Dyke Madril, McMinnville, OR. She had 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Private interment was held at South Yamhill Cemetery on Thursday, March 8, 2018. The family suggest memorial gifts could be sent to Willamette University, St. Labre Indian School, or the S.W. Indian Foundation.


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South Yamhill Cemetery

1330 SW McCabe Chapel Rd.
McMinnville, OR 97128

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