David Dallas

Born: Thu., Apr. 2, 1953
Died: Thu., May 24, 2018

Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Sat., Jun. 09, 2018
Location: Dallas Ranch

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A celebration to honor the life of David Gregory Dallas will be held Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Dallas Ranch. At 2 p.m., Reverend Charlotte Wells and Deacon Jean Cupp will officiate at a service of Thanksgiving, followed by food and remembrance until 5 p.m. at the ranch’s shop.

Dave was born in Pendleton on April 2, 1953, to Alaine Moeller and Charles Dallas. He was the oldest of three children. His sister, Terry Dallas, and her husband, Doug DeBok, live in Pendleton. His sister, Karen Anderson, and her husband, Terry Anderson, live in Grand Junction, CO. His parents preceded Dave in death. He is survived by his wife, Shari, his daughter, Kari Dallas, and her husband, Andy Spratling, Pendleton; his daughter, Greggory Dallas, Portland; his son, David Dallas, and his husband, Scott Vignos, Corvallis; his son, Joseph Dallas, and his wife, Yandi Dallas, Portland; and grandchildren Charlie and Dolly Alaine Spratling.

Dave was a proud graduate of Hawthorne Elementary School, Pendleton High School, and Oregon State University, where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and earned a degree in Ag Economics.

Farming was the only thing Dave ever wanted to do; he felt privileged to begin his career as a wheat grower after college with his greatest hero, his dad. When his dad died, Dave and long-time collaborator Bill Boyd spent the next nearly 30 years acquiring new ground, fabricating and maintaining equipment, mapping out each year’s successful farm plan, and caring for what is known as some of the cleanest ground in Umatilla County. Last summer, Dave figured he had—counting the years he could “just see over the steering wheel” to relieve his dad on the combine—about 55 harvests under his belt. He hoped to be a part of putting this summer’s crop “in the bin,” but he felt confident Bill, along with co-stewards on the ranch, Bruce Purcell and Kent Bigsby, would help oversee another successful harvest.

Dave also had great confidence in his children’s ability to make a difference in the world. He patiently and appreciatively answered a kajillion questions over the years about how the world works and supported not a few great universities as Kari, Greggory, Davy and Joey pursued their dreams.  His love for them was unconditional, and he was proud to see in each of them a work ethic and determination that matched his own.

It was, in fact, people trying as hard as they could to do their jobs well that he most admired. It was Richard Mayer, who could manufacture any part known to man; Betty and Connie, who kept the Rainbow’s coffee hour flowing, year in and year out; John Leonard, who arrived at the shop each winter and had the skill to keep combines up and running, and Bill Schuck, who doggedly tracked down even the most obscure part for machinery that was supposed to be obsolete. 

Dave felt happy about some of the fortunate adventures he had had over the years. The best were with a circle of friends who were all fellow Master Divers and instructors of scuba diving. From Dave’s favorite, Costa Rica, to Bonaire, to Little Cayman, he was mesmerized by the technical aspects of diving and the otherworldliness at 80 feet. He shared this love with all four of his children, each of whom became certified divers in their teens.

Dave’s happiest adventures, though, have been in recent years, as “Papa” to Charlie and Dolly. With co-captain Charlie keeping him company in the gravel truck or heading to McKennon for seed, and little Dolly, with her wide grin, ready to give him her specialty smooch, he felt himself a lucky man. 

Dave died at his home Thursday morning, May 24, after a several-month struggle with pancreatic cancer. He and his family were grateful for the skilled care and great compassion of the medical staff at both St. Anthony and St. Mary’s Hospitals.

Dave hoped that memorial contributions might be given in his behalf to Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 North Main Street, Pendleton, OR 97801. Pendleton Pioneer Chapel has been in charge of arrangements.


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Claudia Appell Thompson
   Posted Sun May 27, 2018
Dear Dallas Family, I was so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. My condolences to you. Sincerely, Claudia Appell Thompson

Bob and Sheryl Smith
   Posted Tue May 29, 2018
Bob and I are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this most difficult time.

Joanne Nyquist
   Posted Wed May 30, 2018
Shari and family,
I am sorry to hear of Dave's passing. I have many fond memories of Dave from our Oregon State days. I pray that you find comfort and love in all those memories that you have shared with Dave. Prayers for you and the family. Joanne (Sires - VanCleave )Nyquist.

Lana Holcomb
   Posted Wed May 30, 2018
I loved getting to work Dave during my years at PGG....you knew as soon as Dave came in the door. My deepest condolences to Shari and the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Lana Holcomb

Dave Webb
   Posted Wed May 30, 2018
To the Dallas Family I’m so sorry for your loss he was a good man

Lori Bryan
   Posted Wed May 30, 2018
Shari and family, my thoughts are with you during this difficult time. You have so many wonderful memories to hold tight forever. The celebration of Dave's life was so wonderfully written, it brought tears to my eyes knowing how proud he was of his family. You are all so blessed to be genuinely loved by him. May peace be with you.

Dan Patterson
   Posted Thu May 31, 2018
So sorry for you loss. Haven't seen Dave since we graduated OSU and left the Sigma Nu house, but always remember him as a character. Being a SoCal native, always appreciated the PGG Baseball Cap Dave gave me way back when and kept it for years. Your family is in our prayers.

Mike and Bonnie Wasson
   Posted Thu May 31, 2018
Family, David and I went to grade school together and up to high school graduation . Your family treated my father very well in harvest and Dave had many a cup of coffee with my dad at the Rainbow . There never was a time when David didn't have the time to help me. I will miss him and his kind ways. My deepest sorrow to the Dallas family.

Scott Engdahl
   Posted Thu May 31, 2018
I was so saddened to hear the news about Dave. I am very sorry for your family's loss.

Connie Nye
   Posted Fri June 01, 2018
Shari, I am so very sorry to hear of Dave's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful children. God bless all of you.

Lora Franks
   Posted Fri June 01, 2018
We are so very sorry to hear of Dave's passing, what a blessing he has been to so many. I will always remember his kind smile in the early morning hours at the Athletic Club. Big hugs to all of you, we hope that the many beautiful memories will linger on and give you some comfort in the days to come.

Carol Barrows Servin
   Posted Fri June 01, 2018
My condolences to all of Dave's family, with special hugs for my friends Shari and Karen.

Suzanne Townsen
   Posted Fri June 01, 2018
To the Dallas family. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Dave was like a big brother to me in high school and college. He will be greatly missed.

Kurt and Joann Kinder
   Posted Sat June 02, 2018
We are sorry to hear Dave's passing. May God grant the family peace and com95fort at this time.

Joette Thomas Young
   Posted Sun June 03, 2018
Dear Shari and family, I, too, will miss Dave. I did not get to see him often, but when we would bump into each other it was like the conversation never stopped. Bless you all. Jo

   Posted Tue June 05, 2018
My Dear Shari and family. Im saddened by the news of Dave's Passing.. My thoughts and prayers are with you and may your memories of what a great man and friend he was to many be of comfort to you.. Bless you all
Jan Leonard

Rick and Patti Hedrick
   Posted Wed June 06, 2018
Shari and Family, Dave and I met through our love of SCUBA and over the years travelled as a group to the San Juan islands and foreign ports of call to immerse ourselves in the local culture and underwater beauty. Dave was a dive buddy underwater and a friend, farmer, husband and father above. We share in your loss and hold you in our hearts at this difficult time.

Brett Lewis
   Posted Fri June 08, 2018

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Frank and Donna Kinnaman
   Posted Sat June 09, 2018
Sheri and family,
Dave was a special guy and one who you always let his feelings be known. It was a pleasure working with him for many years. He was an inspiration to me when I had a health scare. Our condolences to all of you.

Mark, Marla, Samantha Royal
   Posted Sat June 09, 2018
So sorry for your loss. David was a great man and the bakery's best customer. We will miss him.

Sandy McClendon
   Posted Tue June 12, 2018
Dear Shari and Kids, I'm so sorry for your loss of David, husband, father and grandfather. I was lucky to be the teacher for one of the kids so had you and David as room parents. It's a lucky person who does for a living what he loves. Hugs to All. Love, Sandy McClendon

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