Former BMCC coach Bequette passes at age 53

Hermiston High School head softball coach Tom Bequette died at age 53 on Sunday at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Wash.

Bequette also coached at Blue Mountain Community College for four seasons, 2007-2010.

He led Hermiston to five league titles in his tenure.

Upon accepting the Hermiston in spring 2011, Bequette, said he was “here because I am in daily medical treatment and Hermiston is next to my doctors and because of his love for the game and Hermiston’s athletic pride.”

Bequette guided BMCC to playoff appearances in 2008 and 2009. He recruited three players on the 2012 Timberwolf team: Megan Alexander, Jordan Bennett and Kendal Weber.

He is survived by his wife, Billie, and five children, including Erin who coached the BMCC softball squad in 2011.

 A celebration of life service will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Hermiston.