Date of birth: November 16 1928
Date of death: November 30 2018
Ferman David (Dave) McAdoo
November 16, 1928 – November 30, 2018
Born: San Francisco, California to parents Ferman & Viola McAdoo
As a child, Dave moved with his family to Forest Grove, Oregon shortly after the Great Depression. He attended school and began working in a variety of industries including the canning factory, construction and other fields.
He was drafted into the US Army in 1950 as a corporal during the Korean Conflict. He did not serve in combat, but instead, was a weapons instructor in Hawaii. Late in his service, a mortar misfired during training, which killed his best friend and put Dave in the hospital. He served for just under 2 years and was honorably discharged in November, 1952. He returned home to Forest Grove where he met his soon-to-be wife, Beverly Ann Williams from Bay City, Oregon. They married on November 27, 1954.
After the birth of their oldest children, Dave become an electrician and joined the local union. He worked his way through their program and became a journeyman electrician for a variety of companies while he and Bev raised their 4 sons: Dean, Steve, Richard and Scott.
In the early 80’s, he left the private sector to work for Portland Community College as their electrical maintenance person; a job he held until he retired a couple of decades later.
Dave was a long time member of the Multnomah and the Tualatin Valley Elks Lodges. He served as Exalted Ruler 3 times and traveled extensively with Bev and his lodge brothers to conventions across the state, country and world. He donated many hours to their charity drives including doing repairs and updates to Camp MeadoWood Springs in Milton Freewater, a camp for children with speech and hearing difficulties.
Dave had a passion for cars, hunting, fishing, camping and traveling. His love for hunting and fishing provided many fond memories for his family of camping throughout Oregon’s forests, beaches, and rangelands. Hardly an autumn went by without a trip somewhere for Elk, Deer or Pheasant.
Dave’s wife Bev preceded him in death in 2016. He kept up a brave, stoic front, but deep down, he missed her something fierce and when his time came, he wasn’t afraid because he hoped to see her again. Prostate cancer finally took him on November 30, 2018, just after his 90th birthday. He was surrounded by family who loved him and who were grateful that he was no longer in any pain.
Dave is survived by 4 sons, 5 grandsons, 7 great grandchildren and his younger brother, Fred McAdoo of McMinnville, Oregon.
Dave McAdoo will be interred with military honors next to Bev at Willamette National Cemetery on February 20th, 2019 at 11:30 am. Please arrive at the main entrance at least 30 minutes before the ceremony so we may all motorcade to the commitment shelter. For more details on the ceremony and information about the celebration of life that will follow, please see the Crown Memorial website where Dave’s obituary and photos are posted.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to either the Prostate Cancer Foundation, a veterans charity of your choice, or to Camp MeadoWood Springs.
5 tribute candles have been lit
Candle lit by Staff at Crown Memorial Center Our sincere condolences.
Candle lit by Teri McAdoo Thank you for having such a beautiful family. We all miss you and Mom, but glad to know you are smiling with her and all the angels.
Candle lit by Matthew Mc Adoo I miss you grandpa. I will never forget our adventures together! Love you always! Give grandma a hug for me!
Candle lit by Stephen Mc Adoo I love and miss you tremendously Dad. Please give Mom and everyone there a love and hug from me !
Candle lit by Scott McAdoo Miss you dad.