Beloved husband, father, brother and friend, age 74, passed away on August 15th, 2018 in Boise Idaho, from injuries due to a motorcycle accident. Dave was born on July 5, 1944 in Porterville, CA to Ellis "Bud" and Jewell McNeill. The family then moved to the Hood River, Oregon area, where he attended school and graduated from Wy'east High School in 1962. Dave served his country in the US Navy for 3 years, prior to joining the Bellingham Police Department, where he proudly served the community for 25 years, retiring in 1993 as a Detective and Polygraph Examiner. Upon retiring, Dave continued to utilize his expertise in investigation and polygraph through his successful business, which he planned to retire from later this year. Throughout his long career, he was member of the Northwest Polygraph Examiners Association, where he served as an officer for the majority of that time. Dave loved life and lived it to the fullest. He was the happiest when spending time with the love of his life, Lorie, whom he was married to for 38 years, his family, and his friends. He loved being outdoors. He was a known grill master and loved fishing, camping, showing off his hot rod, riding his Harley and tinkering around in his man cave. It was through these passions that he got involved in different clubs and organizations and made many life long friends. Dave was a real charmer and a born storyteller. Anyone who met him would quickly want to be his friend. His humor was contagious and he regaled everyone around him with many fun tales of his adventures. Dave is preceded in death by his parents Ellis and Jewell McNeill, his daughter Sharri McNeill, and his goldfish Jenny. Dave is survived by his wife Lorie, daughters Gina (Mark) Tapley and Reshelle (Tom) de Forrest, son Jarod McNeill, brothers Dan (Colleen) McNeill and Doyle McNeill, father and mother in laws Max and Donna Costner, sister in law Sue (Ron) Victor, brother in law Wade (Michaelle) Costner, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces and numerous other relatives. A celebration of Dave's life will be held on September 5, 2018 at 2pm, Baker Creek Place, 1650 Baker Creek Place, Bellingham WA 98226. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in Dave's name to the Behind the Badge Foundation. www.behindthebadgefoundation.org/donate/.
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Published in Bellingham Herald on Aug. 24, 2018.