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David Everett Wagoner

David Everett Wagoner died on July 5, 2014 in Palm Desert, CA surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Jean Wagoner; sons Colin, Elon, and Peter; stepdaughters Dr. Jennifer Frost, Melissa White, Constance Lucier, and Dana Hawkes; and 15 grandchildren. He was born to Claude and Katherine Wagoner in Pottstown, PA on May 16, 1928. He graduated from Lawrenceville High School, Yale University, and University of Pennsylvania Law School. After law school he clerked for US Supreme Court Justice Harold Burton. David served as a lieutenant in the US Army and was stationed at Walter Reed Hospital.

He moved to Seattle where he joined the Perkins Coie law firm and began a long and successful practice as a trial lawyer which included recognition by being invited to become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He found time to serve as an elected member of the Seattle School Board for eight years including service for two terms as President of the Board. Later he served for twelve years as a Governor of the Evergreen State College Foundation including a term as Chairman.

After retiring from Perkins Coie, he embarked on a new career as international arbitrator and mediator, which he came to love for the intellectual challenge and the opportunity to travel. He merged this new skill with his interest in education by teaching courses on international arbitration and mediation at American University and serving as a coach for students at the University of Washington School of Law engaged in international arbitration competitions in Vienna and Hong Kong.

David was known for his insatiable curiosity, love for reading, and generosity of spirit. He had an amazing ability to cultivate and nurture relationships with friends and family. He shared with his wife a passion for baseball, football, the arts, and travel all over the world. David discovered a talent for painting later in his life and especially loved creating colorful desert landscapes.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alliance for Education for student scholarships in the Seattle School District at There will be a celebration of David's life at the Rainier Club on July 30, 2014 at 3pm.
Published in The Seattle Times on July 13, 2014
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