Debbie A. Batcha 1965-2017
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Debbie Ann Batcha, 52, died Friday, Oct. 27, 2017.
When Debbie was 8, she watched Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer at Christmas. Ever since then, she wanted to be a dentist. A dentist like Hermey the elf. She wanted to be a dentist, and she wanted an office that had a wrap-around fish tank. She was focused, determined, and pursued that goal.
Debbie was accepted to Ohio State University in Columbus. She completed her undergraduate requirements a year early and was admitted to the College of Dentistry. In 1989, she graduated with a Doctor of Dental Sciences Degree (DDS) from OSU. (Go Bucks!) Debbie relocated to California that summer and was the only out-of-state doctor to pass the boards and licensing requirements on the first try that year. Within a year she bought her own practice. After another two years she bought her own building and moved her practice to Park Avenue. She got that fish tank that wrapped around the wall.
There was nothing that Debbie loved more than being a dentist. She loved all her patients and especially enjoyed getting to know a little about each of them. Each one held a special place in her heart. She had a knack for making people feel comfortable. She loved teaching and explaining dental things to her patients so they would understand. She could tell a story or a joke like no other. Most patients have heard her singing along to the classic rock music playing in the background down at the office. She knew every lyric to every song.
Debbie had an insatiable thirst for knowledge and she loved sharing that knowledge with friends. She was interesting, engaging and fun to be around. She would read or see or hear something once and remember it forever. Once she wondered what kind of bird that was on her palm tree. So, she got a book about birds out of the library, read it and could then identify and give you the story of any bird you might see in the California sky.
Debbie loved the ocean, the fish, and all sea creatures. She went scuba diving all over the world. She loved the sky, stars, planets and constellations. She watched the eclipse and studied the stars and planets from the Mt. Hamilton Observatory. She’d point out all the constellations and planets in the night sky if you’d “set a spell” with her out on her back deck.
She loved flowers and gardening and canning fruits, vegetables and sauces. She grew everything from seed in her indoor incubators starting every January. She raised chickens and bees and best of all German Shepherd dogs. Boy did she love her dogs. She began rescuing and working with the GSDs shortly after she arrived in California. Her dogs were everything to her. They were constant and loyal companions and absolutely were her precious children.
She loved sports — The Buckeyes were always No. 1 — but she also loved the Bay Area teams – Warriors, Giants, Raiders. She knew all the rules and strategies and was a joy to watch a game with.
She loved the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and The Who. She loved Thanksgiving and green bean casserole.
She had a beautiful sense of humor. She was able to pick out the smallest detail, hidden jokes and nuance in a Road Runner, Simpsons or SpongeBob episode. She loved Judge Judy. She loved the Feud, and was picked to be a contestant back when Richard Dawson was the host.
Debbie was whip smart, focused and could accomplish anything she set her mind to. She was also patient, kind, generous and a beautiful trusted friend to anyone she met. She made everyone feel like the most interesting and important person in the world.
She had an infectious laugh, a big smile, and a warm openness. She was a one-of-a-kind special person, deeply loved by many, who left us far too soon.
Debbie was the daughter of Leonard (deceased) and Jean Batcha of Warren; sister of Mary, Kathy and Diane; and was preceded in death by Sam and Cody Batcha.
Debbie was buried in California. Memorial services have been held.
In lieu of flowers, to honor Debbie, take your dog on an extra long walk, give your cat an extra hug and treats for everyone. Debbie would like that. And don’t forget to floss.