David Van Dyken
Beloved husband, grandpa, dad, son, brother, friend, uncle and pastor, David Van Dyken of Manzanita died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007.
Pastor David and Anne moved to the Manzanita/Nehalem community in August 2002 from Bozeman, Mont., to serve as assistant pastor of Calvary Bible Church. Many things will be missed about him, including his crooked smile.
David was a man of few words, but when it came to talking about God's word, he was a man of many words.
He had a great love for his God and his Savior. He loved his best friend in life, his wife of 37 years, Anne.
He had a great love for the study of the End Times and current events, and sharing his excitement about it.
David enjoyed so many things in life, he was a man always on the go.
He dearly loved all his eight grandchildren, especially Christmas times together. He loved to play board games with family and friends. He loved the outdoors, and walking the beach, and capturing the beauty with his photography.
He loved to travel, enjoyed hiking and camping and loved to write poetry when studying the word of God.
He loved music of all kinds, singing with quartets and many choirs. He was learning to paint landscapes.
David was very involved in the community. He was involved in Habitat for Humanity and senior center ministries. He would take his accordion and play old hymns for senior citizens and shut-ins. He was also involved in the Cannon Beach Symphony, where he played his trombone.
He loved Golf Club buddies in Bozeman and Manzanita and was a counselor/pastor of Son Rise Christian School in Manzanita. David also participated with the Nehalem Elementary School reading program.
David was born in Bozeman, Mont., to John and DeEtta Van Dyken Jan. 1, 1949. He graduated from Bozeman Senior High School in June 1967. He graduated from Montana State University with a degree in chemical engineering with a U.S. Air Force ROTC scholarship.
David served in the U.S. Air Force for four years, where he served on the Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota and Vandenburg Air Force Base in Lompoc, Calif. He worked at the American Simmental Cattle Association in Bozeman, Mont., as accountant and processing manager for more than 20 years.
Dave attended Western Theological Seminary in Portland for three years. He worked as a pastor at West Park Baptist Church in Hermiston for a year and a half and as a pastor at Calvary Bible Church in Manzanita for the past five and a half years.
David and Anne met during high school and married in August 1970. They had four children.
Dave will be greatly missed by his wife, Anne of Nehalem; his four children: daughter, Candi Haidle and husband Daryl of Holyoke, Colo., son, Matthew Van Dyken and wife Lillika of Sioux Falls, S.D., son, Jonathan Van Dyken and girlfriend Brandy Sutton of Bozeman, Mont., daughter, Cathi Harkins and husband Tytus of Gearhart; eight grandchildren, Tate, Trey, Whitney, Kade, Micah, Malay, Madeline and Bridger; father, John Van Dyken of Bozeman, Mont.; sister, Linda Brownson and husband Gary of Billings, Mont.; brother, Daniel Van Dyken and wife Melissa of Portland; nephews, Todd and Craig Brownson, and Andrew Van Dyken; and niece, Jennifer Van Dyken.
A memorial service will be Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007, at 3 p.m., at the Nehalem Grade School Gym. Memorial contributions may be made to the Habitat for Humanity or to the David Van Dyken Memorial Fund set up at any US Bank.
Arrangements are in care of Waud's Funeral Home, Tillamook.
Headlight-Herald, Dec. 12, 2007