David G. Epling passed away on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at his home in Rocky Point, Ore., due to complications from Parkinson's disease.
He was born in Pe Ell, Wash., on April 21, 1935, to Glen and Marie Looney. After the death of his parents at age 5, he was adopted and raised by his cousin Harold Epling and his wife Minnie.
David graduated from Pe Ell High School in 1953 and served in the U.S. Marine Corps
from 1954 to 1956. He attended Centralia Junior College and graduated from Willamette University in 1961, then began a lifelong career working with troubled teens. For over 42 years, he worked for the State of Oregon as a juvenile parole officer with Jackson County and was recognized for piloting programs for delinquent teens.
After retirement, he worked for the Klamath County Juvenile Department for five years. He was highly regarded in his field and respected by clients and colleagues alike.
David's passion was building his lakeside retirement home "Ravenwood Manor" in Rocky Point. He loved "junking" at garage sales, collecting antiques, and gardening. He was a kind and generous man, who often helped others.
Survivors include two daughters, Cindy Walker and her husband Scott of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Lisa Murray and her husband Rick of Klamath Falls, Ore.; three grandchildren, Megan Epling, Maggie Walker, and Griffin Walker.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Robert and sister Margaret.
No services will be held. Arrangements are under the direction of Eternal Hills Crematory in Klamath Falls.