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August 21, 2019

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August 19, 2019
I attended Madison High School when Mr. Colton was a counselor. Even though he wasn't my counselor, his reputation is well known in the school. I always have pleasant memory of him as a kind, sweet and gentle man. Years later, reflecting on his legacy what stood out for me was his image as a gay man and what it means for me, as a gay man myself coming to terms with my own identity, where we don't have many positive gay male role models. Mr. Colton represents the goodness of the gay community, and I will always remember him as that. Thank you for all that he contributes even indirectly and he perhaps didn't even know his impact on some one like me. May he rest in peace
August 19, 2019
I wasn't going to read the Obits this warm Sunday of August 18, but something in my head said that I should! Much to my surprise, and great sadness, I came upon the obituary for David!

David and I knew each other from many, many years ago, while attending Oregon College of Education--now Western Oregon College, in Monmouth, Oregon. I believe we met in 1966, and from that first time, became good buddies. He was fun, funny and a very loving individual back then, and obviously was as he went on through life.

We didn't see much of each other, as we both moved on with our lives and locations, but every once in a while, would bump into each other at one place or another. For the past several years, I always knew, and looked forward to hearing David call out my name, when I passed the corner he was always on, as I carried the US Flag to start the Portland Gay Pride Parade. Funny, that didn't happen this year, which in the back of my mind, I thought was a little strange.

I think David led a wonderful life, with all of his teaching and counseling work. The sad part in his obituary appears to say that was not quite so. He always had a smile (that was warm and welcoming) and always a joyful sense about him, whenever we saw each other. He will be missed by those close to him, but his legacy of his life's work in education, and all those he helped along the way will always be remembered with great fondness and joy.

I know he was so proud of his daughter, Erin! And so sorry for your moms, Tina and Clarice, and their own pain. He was a great man as his family was well aware. But Erin was his joy, his legacy, his everlasting spirit, that will always carry on in her heart.

I am so glad I had the chance to share those early times with David. And as I go forward, I will still give a smile and a nod to that Portland block corner during the Parade and know that he is somewhere, in spirit, smiling that great smile, and nodding back.

Rest my wonderful friend, who knows of the struggles, as you did. This is now a time for you to rest, and watch this world from above, while the spirit of what you left for us, keeps us smiling, keeps us strong. One of these days in the future, we will meet again, and you will give me that huge smile, well rested, ready to kick up your heels and dance, once again. Love to you, my friend,

Mary Ann
August 19, 2019
I had the privilege of meeting David through my wife who he taught at Cottage Grove High School. I came to know a man who was a mentor and friend to many generations. This belief was reinforced by attending David's service and seeing the outpouring of people from the 70's to his days at Madison High School. The world is lucky to have people like David as they put others before themselves. My heart goes out to his family and many friends during this difficult time of loss.
August 14, 2019
For twenty six years I have known David. At first he was this incredible guiding beacon of love and wisdom for my son st Hosford middle school. He was so genuinely committed and interested in my sons well being. But not just in middle school, theoughout he past twenty six years. He was a light in our lives. I do not understand why he had to leave, but I went to his home and spoke aloud blessings of gratitude for his guidance and love. He was a peerless human, incredibly artistic, sweet, gentle, funny and deeply kind. I will miss spotting him on his bike in his signature glasses, and that smile of his is will forever be in my memory heart. The love thats lodged within my heart, I never shall erase. Love you David
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