David was born May 6, 1929 outside of Boone, N.C., to JC and Lillie Johnson. He was raised on a tobacco farm in the mountains of North Carolina. During his teen years David and a buddy moved to Oregon where he held a variety of odd jobs. In October 1953 David enlisted in the Army & headed for Korea where he was a heavy vehicle driver during his service.
After his discharge, David moved to Spray, Ore., where he worked in the woods and at the local sawmill. After moving to Hermiston, David went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad in 1963. He held a variety of jobs on the railroad and worked all over the northwest. David retired in 1993 as a Maintenance Supervisor.
Dave loved fishing & sports (especially the local school teams). He loved to cut and polish rocks. He took his time to try and find a better way to do things. He built things to last. Dave was proud to be a Veteran and liked it when folks would comment on his 'Korea Veteran' cap.
He enjoyed going to war memorials & museums on country drives.
Dave married Ida Hawk in 1957. They had two children, David Jr. and Jackie. After his divorce he married Cindy Spadt. Dave & Cindy lived in Pine Hollow until moving to Dufur in 1998.
David is survived by his wife Cindy of Dufur & their daughter Nicole who attends Oregon State University, son David Jr. and wife Patti, grandsons Seth & Tyler (wife Mindi) of Omaha, Neb., daughter Jackie Adams and husband Gary of Pendleton, granddaughter Deanna Phelan and husband Jeremy (Hermiston) with Dave's great-grandchildren Gabi & Liam, granddaughter Jennifer West & fiancé Ray (Pendleton).
David passed away Wednesday, June 24 at the Oregon Veteran's Home in The Dalles, Ore. A memorial service was held Saturday, June 27 at the Veterans Home. Private interment will be held at Willamette National Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Dufur School Athletic Fund, or Dufur Christian Church, Dufur, OR.
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