David was my big brother, always there and always calmly supportive, never judgmental, and his wonderful quiet humor and amazing creativity have always been inspirational and comforting. I cherish his memory and take comfort in remembering all our times together... The tree house he built above Moccasin Creek which was so high that it scared me to climb up through the trap door entry; helping him fly his model planes; listening to him practice the trombone that he played in Golden Rule's (a one-room school) band; making awesome Christmas cookies; being proud as he joined the Peace Corps and taught science in Nepal; hearing his agonizing about the draft, and then joining the Army during the Vietnam War, relief at his being sent to S.Korea. he bought me my first beer (so I would know how/what to order, and how to sip slowly). He taught me to think about the environment, as well as about Peace (he lived in a commune for a while). he travelled to Spain, learned Flamenco guitar and played for me.
Lately we compared notes on our daughters, our arthritis and hearing loss. He married a wonderful woman (providing me with a sweet sister-in-law and in-sync) and was a loving, proud father to his daughter and sons. I am so lucky to have had him in my life, and am greedy enough to wish we had more years to share...I cherish the time we had and always will love his heart, soul and mind.
My heart goes out to you, Bobbie, Emily, Aeron, Thane and Egan. David was a gentle soul & although I've not seen him in a long time, I share your sadness and will miss him. I am sorry for your loss and know his memory will remain in the hearts of many. With love, Susan (O'Keefe) Richards
I was very sad when I found out that David had died.
Many years ago, during a difficult time of my life I enjoyed his friendship. David was a wonderful man, someone you like more and more the better you get to know him. Experiencing his integrity, kindness, generosity, humor and wisdom had a tremendous impact on me.
Bobby, Emily and family, I share with you the grief over this huge loss. David touched so many lives. He will never be forgotten!
So sorry to see this. My prayers are with you. David was always a pleasure to work with.
I am so sorry to hear of David's passing. He was always one of my favorite LCC Math instructors. He was so caring and genuine to both students and staff; it was a pleasure to work with him. My condolences to David's family. He will always live in your hearts and in ours who were honored to know him.
Dear Bobbie, Emily & Family,
I just happeneded to see this in e Registerr Guard today. David was always kind, gracious and smiling as we chatted on Fairmount through the years. A wonderful father. My condolences to you all.
So sorry for this untimely loss
David left an indelible mark at LCC. A word guy as well as a number guy, "crackerjack" was an adjective David sometimes used for something superb. He was a crackerjack educator and a crackerjack colleague.
David and I were classmates at UO in the 1980's while we were working towards our teaching licenses. Later we both worked at LCC, he as a full time instructor, me as a part-timer so we often saw each other over a long time span. He as always smiling and upbeat. My condolences to the family.
Oh, do I remember David. He was always smiling and always quick to share his latest project. He was so available and so generous with his knowledge and his time. With gratitude I recall the many math problems he helped me figure. Patricia, I send my sincerest sympathy. I enjoyed spending time with you and enjoyed the few times I watched your lovely daughter. You and David were a great and inspirational couple. Janel Johnson
I was a student teacher for Bobbie Reed when I was a student in Oregon State University's Masters in Teaching program twenty years ago. My family and I are thinking of Bobbie and her family with love at this difficult time.
I am David's step-sister. Next in line in age of the "kids". I wish we had shared more time during our adult life as well as when we were kids because he was a wonderful brother. He had a wonderful sense of humor as well knowing so many interesting and fun things that he was more than willing to share with a sister who arrived once a year for a month. We had great adventures that allowed me to really have fun in ways girls were not supposed to do so long ago. If I was flying under David's flag then it was fine. Got away with lots of fun that way. :-) I hope everyone remembers him with a smile as big as his.
We were lucky to have Bobbie as “our” first grade teacher for Marie and Anna, and to live close enough to see Bobbie and Dave out on walks in years past. We're very sorry for your loss.
Just last week, I thought about David and his wife and their adventure to Korea. At the time I thought: how brave! I see his bravery was called upon throughout his illness. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. I taught Geology at Lane when David was there in the Math department. He was a good person, always cheerful and upbeat and a great friend and colleague. I send my deepest condolences to his family.
David was my big brother, and I was/am always in awe of him. He used to make the most wonderful toys for me, like the bow and arrows he made when I was 6, or the guitar he made out of a cigar box and a piece of wood. He taught me how to tie my shoes, introduced me to the pleasures of the pizzaria, took me to see a film of a Greek tragedy when I was 10, and so so much more. My favorite memory is watching him build and fly model planes (old school: on a cable), and huge free flight tissue_covered gliders. No one has ever had a more wonderful, magical, perfect brother to idolize. "Lights out," Day_Day.
I don't normally read the RG but somehow this morning at my regular coffee group in Yachats the section with obits just happened to be in front of me. I opened it with surprise and now tears in my eyes. I met and knew David several lifetimes ago in the early 70's. He taught me most of what I know about construction
as I worked on 3 house projects with him. He and I and the various owners pounding nails when they could. I can't make it to the celebration but here's the story I have to tell. David had gone back to visit in Minnesota I think, where ever, he said he went into a local pub and was interacting with the locals and when they asked him what he did, he said he 'built houses'. He told me that no one seemed to impressed in this little town as he slowly realized that most of those guys had 'built' houses, maybe even their own homes. He said it took him the ride home to realize that some people like him just happened to build a 'better' house. So David, we that were lucky enough to know you, know that you built more than houses'. Bobbie and family though I don't know you I share your loss. love and peace.
David was a joy to work with. He had much energy and was always positive, helpful and patient. He was also a good friend outside of school-- playing baseball, helping with my home computer , sharing Math Conferences, .... I'm so glad to have had him for my colleague and friend . David touched many lives.
Dear Bobbie and Family,
Remembering our time being neighbors over the back fence - and rebuilding our fence. Shared times watching our kids grow. Sending you caring thoughts in this time of your loss
Laurie Swanson Gribskov
It was a joy knowing and working with you Dave. Love from Seoul to Bobbie and family.
I worked with David for many years at LCC math department. He was a warm and caring person. His openness and humor made it a pleasure to work with him. He will remain a bright spot.
David was a great friend and hiking companion, travel buddy. A man of integrity, endless good humor, always seeking the answer, the taste, the surprise. Too good at chess and Scrabble. First class friend. RIP.