David Ford Humphrey
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Aprill 24, 1934 - January 20, 2013
David was born in Ames Iowa to Llewlyn and Mary Register Humphrey in 1934. They moved to Scott Arkansas where he was raised. He joined the Navy and was a veteran of the Korean war. He used the Montgomery GI Bill to earn a Bachelor's Degree at The University of Arkansas, and went on to earn his Master's Degree at The University of Arizona. Close to completing his doctorate, his life took a different direction.
He had many jobs throughout his life. He worked as a farmer and laborer, taught and coached in New York for the Indian Lake board of Education, moved to California and worked at UCLA in the Lab of Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Biology. He left California to head to Alaska, but made a stop in Oregon to make money to continue his journey north. He was working for Stauffer Chemical Company when he met and married Judy. He decided to call Salem Oregon home. They had two children and built a house in Aumsville where they raised their family. He worked for the State Department of Agriculture for about 20 years before going to ODOT where he retired in 1997.
He was an active husband, father and friend. He was on the school board at Aumsville Elementary, coached, was involved with The Cougar Foundation, was a leader in boy scouts, he was an active member at Calvary Lutheran Church. He joined the Masons, and enjoyed the programs and fundraisers that the lodge took part of to help families and children in need.. When he went to Arizona he was part of the Lions Club, and volunteered at the food bank, the community center, and was a La Paz County Sheriff volunteer. He was always there to lend a helping hand to whomever was in need.
He was an avid lover of plants, trees, animals and nature. When the sun would shine he would make every effort to absorb the warmth. He could always be found outside creating work for himself, which he liked to view as a form of exercise. David would always remember a face, but had a tough time with names, therefore - he had a multitude of "buddies."
He is proceeded in death by his wife Judy. He is survived by his son Travis, his wife Ann and their boys Trenton and Tyler, his daughter Kim, her husband Darren and their kids Addysen and Andrew, his brothers Eugene and Ed, many cousins, his sister-in-laws, and brother-in-law.
A memorial service will be held at Calvary Lutheran Church in Stayton Oregon on Saturday January 26, 2013 at 11:00 AM. Donations may be made to the Marion-Polk Food Share.
Published in StatesmanJournal on Jan. 25, 2013