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Dr. David TERRY Age 47, of Portland, Oregon died unexpectedly on Sunday, September 13th, 2009, at his home. Dave was born on November 12, 1961, in Seattle to Dr. Irvin Terry and Helene (Montcalm) Terry. He was the third of four brothers and one sister. In 1971, the family moved to Enumclaw, Washington where Dave graduated from high school in 1980. Following a year taken to pursue his passion of ski racing full-time, he entered Colorado College and graduated with a pre-med degree in 1986. He graduated from St. Louis Medical School in 1990. Following a three year radiology residency in Chicago, he moved to Portland, Oregon in 1995 to take a teaching fellowship at OHSU and then took a full-time position at the Veteran's hospital in Portland where he worked as a radiologist until his death. Dave was an accomplished ultra/trail runner. He finished the Western States 100 mile Endurance Run 10 times under 24 hours, placing as high as 5th place one year. He was a 10 time finisher at the Wasatch 100, finishing as high as 3rd and a two time finisher of the coveted Hard Rock 100. Running was a spiritual experience for Dave, and he used the personal strength he derived from it to propel him through the challenges in his life. Dave was clearly larger than life and one of a kind. His friends and family considered him" super human". Dave had a superior intellect and a vocabulary that would make anyone envious. He was humble and generous with his time, knowledge and resources. He had a devilish humor that permeated his being and painted his world with a humorous perspective. His family and friends treasured this. Dave was an accomplished writer, poet, gardener and gourmet cook. He was passionate about the outdoors which strengthened his spirit and gave him peace. Friends were extremely important to Dave and he maintained close contact with his network throughout the country. There are so many out there who will miss him dearly. Dave is survived by his mother Helene, brothers Paul and Lawrence all of Enumclaw, Wa., his brother Irvin, wife Kate and daughters Daryl, Ryan, Dylan and Kyle of Lynnwood, Wa., and his sister Frances, husband David and children Jonathan and Samantha of Whitefish, Montana. Friends and family are welcome to funeral services at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1614 Farley St., Enumclaw, WA on Saturday, September 26, at 11:00 a.m.
Published in The Seattle Times from Sept. 23 to Sept. 24, 2009
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