David Bob Mitzimberg

Born: Sun., May 20, 1945
Died: Fri., Nov. 13, 2020


2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Fri., Nov. 20, 2020
Location: Pendleton Pioneer Chapel

Military Honors

3:00 PM Fri., Nov. 20, 2020
Location: Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop


5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Fri., Nov. 20, 2020
Location: Pendleton Pioneer Chapel

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David Bob Mitzimberg, "The Mitz", passed away on November 13th, 2020, at age 75. He was born in Boise, Idaho on May 20th, 1945, to George and Lillian (Sussman) Mitzimberg.

David attended Pendleton High School (Class of ‘63) and after high school served in the US Army during the Vietnam Era (1965-1969). He studied theater and english at Western Washington University and graduated in 1979. David loved the theatre and acting, he even created the acting group “Water Closet Ltd” during his time in the service when he was stationed at Fort Devens in Ayer, Massachusetts. He took great pleasure in teaching this craft to others and sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge of the dramatic arts. He was well known for playing Santa Claus and would grow his beard to keep in character, “When the kids pull my beard, it’s real.” He was an avid gamer and loved to try each new game that came out. David was one of the original founders of the Pendleton Underground Tour and under the pen name “Rufus Crabtree” he wrote the book, “The Pendleton Story”, detailing its history. He was involved in many successful business adventures, including the sub shop, where he met some of his dearest friends. David, as a life-long Democrat, was actively involved in politics and tried to make his town and the state a safer, fairer and healthier place to live. David will be missed greatly within the Pendleton community, always with a smile and a wave, unselfishly taking time out of his day to sit with you, talk, make you laugh and just listen.

David is survived by his two daughters Elizabeth Curran (Vermont) and Emily Haskell (Massachusetts); 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; a brother Daniel Mitzimberg (Pendleton); and 2 nephews. He was predeceased by his sons, Robert David Mitzimberg (1969) and Alexander Lucius Mitzimberg (2019).

The viewing and visitation will be Friday, November 20th, from 2:00-3:00pm and from 5:00-6:00pm at Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, 131 SE Byers Ave., Pendleton, Oregon and are open to the public. Also at 3:00pm the military will be honoring him for his service by playing “Taps” and with the flag ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that donations be made, in David’s memory, to an organization or charity of your choice.

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Lucas stahl
   Posted Fri November 13, 2020
I will miss u dave u were a great man i will always remember u R.I.P dave u will not be forgotten

Katrina Stahl
   Posted Sat November 14, 2020
Dave you were my friend for over 34 years,everyday I watched you come around in your car and wave no matter what at me.You were a great friend to me in my youth and in to my adulthood.Bless you forever my wonderful friend...Rest In Peace..we love you always.

Krystalynn gaede
   Posted Mon November 16, 2020
Dave you were like family to me. We had are ups and downs but you were truly one of a kind. You w were a good friend and person a grate landlord and someone who everyone should have known iv known you since i was 10 years old you watched me grow and you gave us Christmas presents... you meet and held my son after he was born. You are truly one amazing person Dave I hope your doing better now.. R.I.P David

Pat Gaede
   Posted Mon November 16, 2020
May you Rest In Peace. I will never forget you. We have know each other since I was a kid. Sending prayers to your family. God needed another angel to be his right hand man. Love and going to miss you.

Randy & Loretta Wells
   Posted Wed November 18, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of David’s passing. We have been neighbors for many years, and always enjoyed speaking with Dave. We will miss seeing him drive by our house several times a day with a smile and wave. David was certainly a Pendleton icon, he will be missed by his many friends and his family. Rest In Peace David, a life well lived Sir.

Wendi Bowers
   Posted Thu November 19, 2020
I'm so sad to hear about David. He used to come in and talk to me. So pleasant and fun to visit with. I'll miss him.
My condolences to his family.

Wendi Bowers~

Michael Young
   Posted Thu November 19, 2020
So sorry for your loss. I knew David for a long time and he was one of the friendliest person I have ever met. I am going to miss seeing his smiling face and hearing him ask how I am doing. R.I.P. David

Andrea Rodriguez
   Posted Fri November 20, 2020
Our condolences to your family David. We have been neighbors since I was a little girl. I will miss seeing and talking to you every day. Your smile was contagious. You were always so caring towards not only myself but my family. May you rest in peace.

Stan and Brenda Zacharias
   Posted Fri November 20, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to your family. We have only know Dave for 13 years but he was a good business man, honest, funny, generous, and dear friend. The town has lost a true pioneer. We know is happy in the Lord's home with his family. God Bless. W will miss you Dave.

Diana R LaSarge
   Posted Sun November 22, 2020
I will miss you, Dave. You always had a great smile and warm word for me. We could talk together about all kinds of things. And we both loved the history of the area. Christmas will forever be empty without your Santa Claus "Ho! Ho! Ho!" Hugs to you and your family!

Stan & Marjie Prowant
   Posted Sun November 22, 2020
We're so sorry to hear that Dave had passed away. Dave was an amazing man; quick witted and always ready to discuss any topic. He was always willing to help if the need be and it appeared he never met a person who wasn’t a friend. He had a great sense of humor and was quite a character. We know he will be sorely missed. Our heartfelt condolences to his family.
Stan & Marjie

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