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William David Auld Jr.

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William David AULD Jr. March 7, 1928 ~ November 7th, 2009 William David Auld Jr., beloved husband, father, brother, teacher, friend and neighbor, passed away unexpectedly on November 7th, 2009, at the age of 81. Born in Spokane, WA in 1928to William David Sr. & Bernice Auld, he and his brothers and sister grew up on the many large dairy farms managed by their family. He graduated from Ridgefield High School in 1946. After serving honorably in Korea for the Army he was determined to complete a college education, and attended Clark College in Vancouver, WA, and later Washington State College (WSU today). In 1992 David retired from West Seattle High School after 37 years as a Special Education teacher for Seattle Public Schools - a job he truly loved. He was a dedicated and passionate educator, and the students at Pacific Prevocational School and Edison Technical benefitted greatly from the programs David developed. He earned a Master's Degree in Special Education from San Francisco State University. For several years he taught classes at the UW on Public Law 94.142. A lifelong learner, he remained an avid reader and continued to educate himself in politics and world history. David also loved the outdoors,and passed his love of travel and adventure to his children. He skied, climbed mountains, and travelled extensively with his family. In recent years he enjoyed gardening and caring for the many animals at his home near Chehalis, WA with his wife of 41 years, Penney Auld. He was preceded in death by his brother Bruce Auld, and son Wm. Kurt Auld. He is survived by his wife, Penney Auld; Brother Daniel Auld and sister Claire Schwartz; daughter Denise Auld and granddaughters Sarah and Cassie Post; daughter-in-law Allison Auld and grandchildren Anika, Becca, Andy & Bob;son Ashley Auld and wife Janelle; son Scot Auld, wife Wendy and grandchildren William and Anna; and youngest son Kevin Auld. David's life touched many. His love, dedication and generosity affected those around him in profound ways. We are thankful to have shared our lives with him. He will be deeply missed. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 14th, 2009. The family asks that donations in lieu of flowers be made to the Seattle Alliance for Education: www.alliance4ed.org.
Published in The Seattle Times from Nov. 13 to Nov. 14, 2009
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