David L. Matheson, MD
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September 1, 1934 - March 24, 2014
Dave was born September 1, 1934 in Rochester, Minnesota and spent his youth in Seattle. At Roosevelt High School, Dave played varsity baseball and starting tailback for the state championship football team. After high school, Dave enrolled at Central Washington in the pre-med program and became an all-conference tailback as a freshman. In 1960, Dave graduated from the University of Washington medical school and married the love of his life, Charleen. The US Navy snapped Dave up as a ship's doctor, assigning him the rank of Lieutenant. He and his shipmates became a part of the American Naval flotilla that sailed for Cuba during the missile crisis of 1962. When his tour of duty was complete, Dave finished his residency in radiology and practiced medicine in Caldwell, Idaho for the next 35 years.
Dave loved the outdoors and introduced his family to his pastimes: hunting chukar, pheasant and deer, and fishing for trout, salmon and steelhead. Dave was an accomplished skier and a true "powder-hound" always in search of untracked snow. Dave and Charleen made several ski trips with the "Over-the-Hill" gang and explored the ski areas of the western US and Europe. Dave loved golf and reached a single-digit handicap, and later developed a passion for tennis. He enjoyed fishing in Alaska with his sons, went heli-skiing twice, summited Mount Baker, and fulfilled a lifelong dream of attending Wimbledon with Charleen.
Grandchildren began to arrive shortly after Dave retired in 1995, and their arrival changed his life. Dave Matheson, the accomplished doctor, athlete, father, and outdoorsman softened and became "silly Grandpa." Dave adored his grandchildren and loved playing with them and attending their sporting events.
Dave worked hard and played even harder. He came from humble beginnings and was a self-made man.
Dave leaves behind his loving wife Charleen, sons Mick (Michelle), Tim, and Rick (KayT), seven grandchildren (Nick, Quinn, McKenna, Jack, Molly, Marissa, and Matilda) and his brother Don and sister-in-law Sharon. Dave was preceded in death by his parents George and Ruby, and brother Dale.
A visitation at Dakan Funeral Chapel in Caldwell is planned for Thursday, April 10th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. A private committal service will be held at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery with memorial and celebration of life services to be held for all on Friday, April 11th from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm at the Meridian Assembly of God in Meridian, ID. Following the memorial service there will be a celebration of Dave's life with a reception at Spurwing Country Club at 4:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Juvenile Diabetes.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com
Dakan Funeral Chapel
504 South Kimball Avenue
Caldwell, ID 83605
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Apr. 8, 2014