David Victor McNeill
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/.
Published by Bellingham Herald on Aug. 24, 2018.
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Forever remembered and loved. RIP, my dear friend.
August 18, 2021
Lori, I was truly saddened when I heard of Dave's passing. I didn't hear about it until 9/11 and saddened again that I was not at his service. As you know I have considered Dave a friend and role model for over the past approximately 40 yrs, starting when he was a detective and I was a rookie. Dave is one of the few people I have known who was always "larger than life" in my eyes. I know he loved you very much, was doing something he enjoyed and has left a stellar reputation and positive impact on the many people who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with you!
Jeff Sundby
September 10, 2018
To Lorie and family we are so sorry for your loss. For those of us who spent time with Dave he was a mentor, friend and just a down to earth guy. I was fortunate to work and learn from Dave and became a better detective and person for it. I remember the camping trips, him roofing my house , to just seeing him around town. Always a smile or a story. You are going to be missed my friend and you won't be forgotten. Until we meet again.
Mike Johnston
September 8, 2018
My husband and I rented office space down the hall from Dave. Whenever he was working with the door open we could always expect a joke or a hearty hello as we walked past. Even though we hardly knew him, he made an impression on us, even after being gone from that space for several years. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. He was a treasure❤
Craig and Laura Guthridge
September 6, 2018
Dear Lorie and family,
I am so sorry to hear about Dave passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you Lorie, through this difficult time.
Lin Stefan
September 4, 2018
Our prayers are with you Lorie, and your family, at this difficult time. We will miss visiting with Dave at our car shows. I enjoyed working with him during his time at the Police Dept. May you find peace in your wonderful memories of Dave's time with you and family.
Greg and Cathi O'Connell
September 2, 2018
Lorie: You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Carol Sohrweid
August 31, 2018
Dear Lori and family, was so sadden by Dave's death and pray for all of you to continue on in the love he left behind for you. Spent our childhood together and being cousins he always came to my rescue anyone who was able to be in Dave's life are very forinate people our love to the family
Mary Ann Blouin (McNeill)
August 29, 2018
Karen Wilson
August 28, 2018
Dear Lorie and family,
We are all very sorry to hear of Dave's passing. He was a most entertaining guy and we all loved his stories and he spoke so highly of his beautiful wife. One day Dave came in our office with a copy of an old People magazine, and there was a feature article of him on a murder case in Bellingham, as the lead detective. What a hoot.
My heartfelt sympathies to you all.
Ann Lopez
August 28, 2018
Dear Lori and Family,

I am so saddened to learn of Dave's passing. When I worked at Seattle CJC, Dave used to come up to the front desk between clients and tell me about upcoming trips that you and he had planned or just came back from. He was the nicest man and always upbeat and positive and he was well liked at CJC. My heart goes out to you and your family.
Patty Sullivan
August 28, 2018
Dear Lorie and family, Rick and I are so saddened by the news of Dave's passing. He was such a fun loving guy who led us on many adventures! Highway 4 in particular comes to mind. He was a leader and a friend who will be missed by many. May your many happy memories help you through this difficult time. Prayers for all of you.
Marina Engels
August 28, 2018
A great man and a great loss. I'm so sorry Lorie, my heart goes out to you. Dave will be missed by many.
Sally Jo Donahue
August 27, 2018
Lori, Katie and I have you in our thoughts and prayers. I can't imagine Dave being gone. We go way back to when he was working undercover. He will be missed and remembered by all of our members for many years. He has big shoes to fill for all that he has done for NPEA and Washington State. Katie and I will be in Europe on the 5th, but you will be in our thoughts on a very trying day for you. God Bless you.
August 27, 2018
The Dave I knew was positive in his thinking and assertive in his attitude, but in a quiet way. There are not many of us, including me, who measure up to the standard that Dave set.
Jim Wygant
August 27, 2018
Lorie, unfortunately I won't be able to make it. Take care and maybe someday we can visit.
Mark Keeney
August 27, 2018
Just read the obituaries and we're shocked to see Dave there!!
He was so full of life and such a fun, wonderful person. We are so sad and send our condolences to you, Lorie, and to all of Dave's family and friends. May your wonderful memories help to bring you peace and comfort! We plan to attend his service.
Richard and Cheryl Nolte
August 26, 2018
Lorie, we are greatly saddened to learn of Dave's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Steve and Terri Inge
August 26, 2018
My thoughts and prayers go out to you Lorie and your family at this time. You and Dave shared a lot of great memories with my parents, Bill and Marla that they truly treasure. I am grateful to have met Dave and witness his fun loving spirit and humor. A donation has been made in Dave's name to the Behind the Badge Foundation to honor his service.
Ashley Rodgers
August 26, 2018
Lorie, so sorry for your loss. I hadn't seen Dave for a few years then ran into him this 4th of July in Blaine. He was standing next to his hot rod with that grin and laugh of his. It was nice to see him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.
Brad and Sandi Livesey
August 25, 2018
Lorie, We were heartbroken to hear of Dave's sudden passing. We have fond memories of those Super Bowl parties we attended with you and Dave. Such a gentleman and great story teller. Thankful for those memories. We will be out of town the day of his service but will certainly be thinking of you & the family. We love you Lorie.
Chris and Dorothy Goldsmith
Chris & Dorothy Goldsmith
August 25, 2018
Dear Lorie,
My thoughts are with you and yours in this sad time. May fond memories ease the days ahead. Jo Collinge
August 25, 2018
Lighting a candle in remembrance of your loving father jarod. May you find peace in knowing he is in your heart and with you always in spirit ❤
Vicki Bolinger
August 25, 2018
God Bless you my friend until we meet again. I know you will be watching over us all.
Leon Stupfel
August 25, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with you Lorie. Who knew we'd be doing this together!Dave was a great man and loved by so many and will be be missed, especially on that Cabin 8 porch at Bonaparte!!
Karen Wilson
August 25, 2018
Jay and Pam Eide
August 25, 2018
Love you, Daddy.
August 25, 2018
Jarod thinking of you and your family during this hard time. praying that your heart will heal with time.Im always here for you...you know i love you like a brother...
Erin Dahl
August 25, 2018
Lorie, I'm so sorry to hear about Dave's passing. Norton and I will be at the memorial.
Mark Keeney
August 25, 2018
Jarod, your father has lived a very respectful and truly an impressive life. My best regards and prayers to you and your family.
michelle Zimmermann
August 25, 2018
I'll always remember the wonderful times in Republic. He was the leader of the pack. Lori sending you and your family prayers. May God give you His peace.
Valerie Hester
August 25, 2018
Sending my condolences to you, Lorie. Peace be with you.
Jennifer Rick
August 24, 2018
My heart goes out to my friend and colleague, Lorie for the loss of this dear man. I know how much love they shared. God bless Lorie and Dave's children and grandchildren
Penny Glover
August 24, 2018
As a fellow BPD retiree, and former detective, want to express our condolences to the family, and regrets that we'll be away during the memorial. Dave indeed had a larger than life personality and will be missed.
Dale & Debbie Jones
August 24, 2018
I will always love and remember you, Dave. You were truly a one-of-a-kind friend. Someone that was always there for his family and friends.

And, my deepest condolences to Lorie and family. My heart truly breaks for you.

RIP, Dave, we will see you again.
Mary Turner
August 24, 2018
Dave had a quick sense of humor and kept most folks on their toes. We are so sorry for your loss, but are so thankful that he shared with us a lifetime of laughter, smirks, smiles and memories. Sending love, peace, hope and comfort to Lorie and the McNeill family and friends during such a difficult time. Love, Dave and Brenda
August 24, 2018
RIP David! You were truly an inspiration and always FULL of life and laughter! You will be missed
Monica Erickson
August 24, 2018
So grateful to have been lucky enough to work with Dave. He was a master interviewer and a wonderful guy with a huge heart
Danette Beckley
August 24, 2018
Though I didn't know Dave, I know his wife Lorie well. She has brightened the halls of Western Washington University for 36 years. Her family at WWU mourns her loss. We send love, sympathy and deepest condolences to Dave's family, friends and colleagues.
Donna Gibbs
August 24, 2018
Very sad and our condolences to you. Dave and I worked together (police and fire) on a number of cases in the 1980's. He was the cleverest and most adept polygraph examiner I ever met: often eliciting confessions merely from his demeanor. A true professionial and a great friend.
Rob Neale
August 24, 2018
Gina, I'm so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a good man. It's been awhile but I remember his great sense of humor and love for his family.
Thinking of you, Mark and the girls as you learn to live in this new reality.
~Jodee and family
Jodee Brinkley
August 24, 2018
Dave, I didn't get a chance to meet you but thank you for the gift of your beautiful daughter, Reshelle, who is a dear friend. Reshelle, I'm so sorry that your papa has left this world for a new journey. Sending love and light to you and your family.
Aimee Stilts
August 24, 2018
It is so sad to hear he's gone.I'm really going to miss him.Jeannie
August 24, 2018
VERY sad news, and Dave will be missed by many. I was fortunate to have met Dave through the BPD, and send my condolences to his family.
Rich Schwallie
August 24, 2018
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