Malheur County man finds different ways to give back to the community


By Becca Maag

For the Enterprise

Bob Bement has found numerous ways to leave his footprint on Vale – as a memorable coach, teacher, volunteer and pilot.

Bob was born in Sherman, N.Y., in 1934. When he was 12, his family found their way across the nation to Vale. His father was an electrician for the Rural Electricity Administration, helping to bring electricity to remote parts of Malheur County, including Westfall and Beulah.

Bob went to school in Vale from the sixth grade through his high school graduation in 1952.

In his high school days, the state of Oregon wasn’t divided into athletic divisions like today’s 1A, 2A, 3A. The biggest schools on the west coast and the smallest eastern Oregon towns battled against each other for state titles.

One of Bob’s proud achievements from that time was when his football team was one . . .