David Charles Ford

David Charles Ford

Husband, father, son, brother, uncle, friend, co-worker, Husky fan, patriot and lover of Jesus - died October 8 surrounded by his loving family, after a short battle with lung cancer. He was 63.

David was born November 7, 1949 in Seattle Washington. His childhood was spent in White Center having fun with his 2 older brothers, baby sister and many cousins. Dave graduated from Evergreen High School in 1968.

After graduating from high school Dave enlisted in the United States Army and served for 11 years. His service included deployment to Vietnam and stations in Panama, Texas, California, Virginia, Germany and Korea.

August 26, 1971, David married Sally Jo Reitan. They spent their first 3 years in Panama as newlyweds. Their 42 years of marriage included many adventures, camping with family and travel. They loved to explore different areas of the U.S. and had a life changing visit to Kenya in 2005. Dave was passionate about his family heritage and had a great time on the east coast in 2011 meeting descendants of his ancestry.

In 1985 David began a long successful career at Boeing as an aircraft mechanic. He worked in several locations and retired as a Supervisor on the flight line in December 2012 after 28 years. He greatly enjoyed his coworkers and loved retaliating for a work place prank.

Dave is survived by his wife, Sally Jo Reitan and their children, Amy Jo Ford and Jason Ira Ford. He is also survived by two older brothers, Vern Ford and Jeff Ford and a younger sister, Lori Zafft. He was beloved by many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins, 3 sister-in-laws, 3 brother-in-laws, and his mother-in-law, Gladys Reitan. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Bible Chapel in Auburn on Tuesday, October 15th at 2pm.

Funeral Home

Price-Helton Funeral Home
702 Auburn Way North Auburn, WA 98002
(253) 833-1165

Published in The Seattle Times on Oct. 13, 2013