David Morgan Roderick Jr.
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David Morgan RODERICK Jr. David Morgan Roderick died peacefully in Seattle on December 4, 2007 at the age of eighty-six. Born in Frederick, MD on October 29, 1921 to Mary Louise Rochester and David M. Roderick Sr., he returned with his family to Seattle where he attended Isaac I. Stevens elementary, Broadway High School (class of ’39) and the University of Washington. He majored in economics at the UW and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and the Naval ROTC. Commissioned in the US Navy in 1943, he flew DC-3s throughout the Pacific in Squadrons VR-11, VR-13 and VR-3. Returning to the UW after the war, he captained the championship 1946 crew team and was president of the Young Democrats and the Big W Club. Graduating with a degree in economics in 1947, Dave ran as a Democrat for the State house from the old 35th District in downtown Seattle and was elected in 1948, serving two terms while also attending the UW Law School, (class of ’53). He married his first wife, Jean, in ’48 and together they had three children, David, Laura Lee and Bartley. He served as the union arbitrator for the Seattle waterfront while practicing law in Weyer Roderick Schroeter and Stern, and Roderick Lobdell Makus and Coney, with offices in the Hoge and Dexter/Horton buildings. He was very active in the labor and civil rights movements and marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In 1960 he went to work as the advance man for John F. Kennedy’s campaign, and on his return to Seattle tried to reform the state Democratic party according to the model he observed in big cities like Chicago and Philadelphia. Divorced from Jean in ’58, he married his second wife Marcia in ’61. He was Counsel for the Assoc. of Washington Cities and the Legislative Committee on Cities and Counties from ’58-’62, was a founder and director of both Cascade Security Bank and Bank of the West. In ’66 they moved to Kingston in Kitsap County where he ran again for the legislature in ’68 and was defeated by a Republican. He and Marcia had two children, John and Susan. The family moved to Alaska in ’71 where David was the attorney for the Alaska State Housing Authority and president of Pacific Rim, Inc. He and Marcia were divorced in ’74. He served as campaign chief for his brother Jack’s successful run for Anchorage Borough Mayor in ’74. Later he was Chief Counsel for the Alaska Railroad ’77-‘85, and an Administrative Law Hearing Officer for the Alaska Department of Commerce and Economic Development ’85-‘95. He was an active member of the Anchorage Rotary Club, the Alyeska Ski Club, and was Wing Legal Officer of the Civil Air Patrol. He owned several small Cessna aircraft and took great pleasure in puddle jumping around Alaska, and he survived a crash in the Yukon Territories. Throughout his life he loved every kind of sport. He rooted for the Huskies, played basketball well into his fifties, raced his sailboat, Blueberry, in regattas throughout Puget Sound, and remained a competitive ski racer late into his seventies. He was absolutely colorblind in regard to race, and was renowned for his sense of humor and open heart. After his retirement in ’95 he reluctantly left Alaska and settled in Tacoma, where he spent his evenings arguing politics with his lifelong friend, Judge Jack Tanner. David was also an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous for over 45 years, attending meetings whenever possible. He credited AA with saving his life on more than one occasion and regarded it as his church. He is survived by all his children; both his ex-wives (!); his younger brother, Jack; his grandchildren, Elizabeth and Riley; and his great-granddaughter, Juniper. He was predeceased by his beloved sister, Julia Lee Knudsen. A memorial service will be held at the Washington Athletic Club on Friday, December 28 from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society.

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Published in The Seattle Times from Dec. 27 to Dec. 28, 2007.
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January 6, 2008
David was a the family mentor and gladiator - on all topics. The Rochesters have a trove of memories about his extraordinary life.
Junius Rochester
December 30, 2007
Thanks for your contribution to getting the Union Club started.
Joel Wasti
December 29, 2007
Thanks everyone for your love and support. Dad certainly had a wide circle of friends, and it's nice to hear from people how he touched their lives.
john roderick
December 28, 2007
December 28, 2007
David became my friend when I worked in the Governor's Office in Anchorage, Ak. in the 1970's. He became my boss at the Ak. Railroad for a short time in 1985. Truly a good lawyer, he understood any problem and the right solution was quickly put into motion. He always talked lovingly of his brother and sister and his five children and grandchildren. I will miss our telephone conversations, and I will especially miss his sense of humor.
Patti Wood
December 25, 2007
I met David at the Pearl Street YMCA 8 or 9 years ago. Although he was a great story teller, he always was a gentleman (even in the men's locker room). He sponsored me at the Tacoma Elks.
We had many great times together.
I and Puppy , his all white cat, will miss him very much.
Richard Horn
December 24, 2007
I was fortunate to spend some time with David in November. He still had his sense of humor, and love of chocolate. Dave and I were friends in Alaska. He was a very special person who loved his children more than any man I have ever known. The world will be a much more boring place without him. Love to John and Susan.
Pat Swain
December 24, 2007
It was with great sadness I learned of Dave's passing. Dave was a great member of our group for a long time and was a good friend to me. We often argued about politics but in a fun way. I loved his simplicity, great stories of the War, politics, legal profession and his family. He will be greatly missed by me personally and the members of his home group. I know he is now in the presence of "God Baby" whoever She is! Miss you Dave and thanks so much for your friendship.
Jim M
December 24, 2007
My condolence to David's family and large circle of friends. He went around with gusto! David always had a ready smile, an entertaining story and a joke to brighten the day.
I wish I had known him longer; he was good company when we worked together at the AARP office.
Delores Reagan
December 24, 2007
While I knew David for only a short time I am sure that I speak for a great many people in Tacoma when I say that he will be sorely missed. David was a man with many stories...we enjoyed hearing them almost as much as he enjoyed telling them. His sense of humour and his razor sharp wit were legendary in the circle of friends from which I knew him. I know that he would chuckle when I say that "I'm sure he is probably using a two by four to carry the message where ever he is."
Thank you David for giving so freely of what was given to you.
David S
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