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David C. G. Etter
Oct. 22, 1933 - Aug. 18, 2013
Resident of Scappoose, OR
On August 18, 2013, David C. G. Etter passed away from complications of bacteremia. A resident of Scappoose, Oregon for the past two years, he previously resided in California in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 40 years. He was born on October 22, 1933 to Harold C. and Jean Peebles Etter in Chilliwack, B.C., Canada.
He is survived by his loving family, his wife of 59 years, Donna Etter, his son, William D. Etter (Terri) of Scappoose, OR and daughter, Diane J. Zavala (Kenneth) of Bend, OR; grandchildren Melissa and Jessica Etter, Andrew and Kristopher Zavala, his brother, Dr. Harold M. Etter (Miriam) of Summerland, B.C., Canada, nephews Paul and Mark, and brother-in-law, Dr. Lawrence Majovski and family of Gig Harbor, WA.
He graduated from Tigard High School in 1951, and graduated from Lewis and Clark College in 1955 with a B.S. degree and was a member of the Simga Alpha Sigma fraternity at Lewis and Clark College. He honorably served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1959. He went on to earn a Master's Degree from the College of Education from Oregon State University in 1963, and an Ed.D. from the College of Education from
. in 1969. In the mid 1980's, he received certification as a Certified Professional Logistician (CPL) from the Certified Professional Logistician Qualification Review Board (CPL-QRB) and was a member of the Society of Logistics Engineers (SOLE) - The International Society of Logistics.
David was well recognized for his skills in training design and development for higher education and industry. His professional career spanned over a forty year period from 1963 to 2005. He held positions as: Director of Engineering and Management with Oregon State System Higher Education Division of Continuing Education; Director of Lifelong Learning for the University of California at Berkeley System Wide Extension; Consultant and Management for Computer Curriculum Corporation Federal/Commercial Marketing; Senior Consultant for Wyle Laboratories, USAF and Westinghouse Corporation; Adjunct Instructor in Logistics at San Jose State University and USC; Training Manager Human Factors Engineer at Lockheed-Martin Corporation; and President of Bay Area Shared Information Consortium (B.A.S.I.C.) at NASA Research Park. He also served on several boards for professional organizations.
David's lifetime Christian faith led him to serve in many activities including leading a men's bible study group and serving as Clerk of Session for the First Presbyterian Church in Mountain View, CA where he was a member for 25 years. He also served as President and Chairman of the American Board for the International Christian Leprosy Mission (ICLM) founded by his parents in 1943. David had a wonderful sense of humor and always put his family first in his life. He always looked forward to family gatherings and staying in touch with his long time high school classmates and friends.
A private family interment service was held on August 21, 2013 at Wilhem's Portland Memorial Mausoleum in Portland, OR. A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 27th at 1:00 PM at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church in Lake Oswego, OR, 4040 Sunset Dr., Ph. (503) 636-5656. A reception will follow at the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Casey Eye Institute O.H.S.U., Mail Code: CEI, 3375 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd., Portland, OR 97239.
The family expresses gratitude and appreciation to the Casey Eye Institute O.H.S.U., Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center in Portland, OR, and Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, CA for their exceptional nursing care skills and medical care.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Sept. 15, 2013
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