Langevin • El Paraiso Funeral Home
Debra Jean Pinget was born in San Antonio, Texas, October 25, 1950 at Santa Rosa Hospital, to Bernard Eugene Pinget and Delphine Marie Pinget. Debra Jean Pinget, better known as Debbie or Deb, died on Christmas Day, December 25, 2017. We are sure there was extra rejoicing that day, as she joined her beloved mother and father who preceded her in death and possibly her favorite “Mom’s cookies” were awaiting her, also.
Debbie is survived by her sisters and brother, Connie Pinget Raub (Stephen Raub), San Antonio, Texas, Melissa Pinget Mayo (Tim Mayo), Bothell, Washington, Brian Bernard Pinget (Monica Alvarado), Renton, Washington, her nephew, Chris Clemetson (Paula Clemetson), Puyallup, Washington, her niece, Jen Lamoure, Las Vegas, Nevada, her niece, Elysia Hale (Justin Hale), San Antonio, Texas, her nephew and niece, Gregory and Alyss Pinget (Brian Pinget), David, Cameron and Bethany Alvardo (Brian Pinget and Monica Alvarado), Renton, Washington, and her great niece and great nephew, Eowyn Clemetson (Christopher Clemetson), Puyallup, Washington and Tyler Lamoure (Jen Lamoure), Las Vegas, Nevada and her best and dearest friend of over 40 years, Peg Merk.
Debra Jean Pinget’s early years of education began in San Antonio, Texas, at St. Gregory’s Catholic School, but as her father, Bernie Pinget, was promoted at Exxon Oil Company, he and his family would be transferred to new towns. So, Deb briefly attended Bellarmine Prepatory School in Tacoma, Washington and in June, 1968, Debbie graduated from Central High School, Yakima, Washington. Then she attended Central Washington State College, Ellensburg, Washington, where she had a double major – Physical Education and Health with a minor in Math and lettered in four sports, volleyball, basketball, tennis and badminton, graduating in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education Degree.
Upon graduation, Debra Jean Pinget, began her illustrious teaching career with Mount Adams School District, White Swan, Washington, where she worked at Mt. Adams Middle School and then White Swan High School, known with fondness as “Miss Pinget” to her students. Her first year, Miss Pinget served as a Teacher’s Aide but quickly moved into a full time teaching position, teaching 6th grade math and science. Debbie made learning fun and actively involved her students. Her psychology students raised and trained lab rats learning to record and report on their progress. Attendance was never a problem in Miss Pinget’s classes. Her teaching skills were so recognized that 7th and 8th grade computer science classes were soon added to her teaching schedule. In addition to teaching, Miss Pinget coached high school volleyball and after a couple of years middle school track was also added to her coaching schedule.
Deb loved sports and active outdoor life. Early in her career, she also served as a college volleyball official, calling the final matches of the Northwest tournament on more than one occasion.
In addition to her other teaching assignments, Miss Pinget taught Teacher Education Classes, Methods in Elementary Science and Computer Classes – How to Use Technology in the Classroom, for Heritage University, Toppenish, Washington. During this time, she was selected as a member of the Math Cadre that was invited to attend a summer at Stanford University, California, and study mathematics.
During her teaching career, Debbie Pinget served on the Educational Service District (ESD) 105 Math Leadership Cadre helping to develop a Teacher Training Model for the entire ESD 105 region. Debbie was a Lead Trainer working with teachers from Easton to Goldendale focusing on effective strategies for math instruction in the classroom. In addition, Debbie Pinget also provided training for effective use of computers in the classroom. She worked with school administrators, teachers and teachers’ assistants to develop computer classes for students and staff.
At the state level, Debbie Pinget was invited to be part of the Washington State Teacher Leadership Project: a group of 27 teachers from public and private schools who had demonstrated a level of expertise in computer technology and had successful experience as Teacher Trainers. Their goal was to develop a state-wide training program for teachers implementing technology in the classroom. Their work became a basis of a successful state-wide computer training program funded in part by the Gates Foundation and corporate business. Debbie Pinget was recognized for her contributions to this state project and the computer training she did as a member of this project.
In 2001, Miss Pinget, because of her love of math and fun, introduced “Family Math Night,” a night of really fun math games and prizes which involved students and their parents and was received with overwhelming response by both. Its tradition continues to this day and is always a highly anticipated event.
On June 30, 2014, Debra Jean Pinget retired from teaching. Miss Pinget had served the Mount Adams School District for 42 years and had assisted in the graduation of over 2000 students. Most of these students have gone on to be doctors, nurses, medical assistants, engineers, teachers, and technology specialists, just to name a few of the many professions. Miss Pinget had a tremendous impact on the lives of all of her students and the teachers she trained.
In between her teaching, coaching, refereeing and other educational responsibilities, Debbie always found a way to weave in family and lots of fun. Deb was an avid fisherman, hunter, and snowmobiler. She enjoyed playing games of any kind, especially ones that involved math and strategy and she was hard to beat. The love of her life was Mickey Mouse and she visited him in Disneyland as often as possible. Bowling was also a highlight of her life. In 2002, Deb served as the Director of the Women’s Bowling Board for the Women’s Bowling Association and held the position of Vice President for the association. She was President of the Women’s 600 Club which hosted various tournaments in Yakima, Washington. In 2004, Debbie was elected to the Yakima Women’s Bowling Hall of Fame. Deb participated in various tournaments up until the time of her death.
Her family, her friends, her teacher associates, her students and all who knew Debbie Pinget will miss her quick laugh and smile, her humor, her adventure loving spirit and the fun with which she filled every room she entered. The family wishes to thank all of the medical professionals that came to Debbie’s home and tried so desperately to save our dear Debbie’s life. Your tremendous efforts are sincerely appreciated and will never be forgotten by our family.
Family Visitation and Rosary will be held Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 5pm to 8:30 pm, at Langevin El Paraiso Funeral Home, 1010 W. Yakima Ave., Yakima, Washington 98902. Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7:00 pm by Andy Gonzales. Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Family Catholic Church, located at 5315 Tieton Dr., Yakima, WA 98908, will be Friday, January 19, 2018 at 10:30 am. All in attendance are invited to the reception in the Parish Hall following the mass. There will be a graveside service Friday, January 26, 2018, at 10 am, at Calvary Cemetery, 1405 S. 24th Avenue, Yakima. Father Darell Mitchell will conclude services.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in memory of Debbie Pinget to St. Mary’s Parish, P.O. Box 417, White Swan, WA 98952.
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