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David L. Witt

October 15, 1929 May 15, 2019
David L. Witt
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David L. Witt was born at home on October 15, 1929 in Banks, Oregon and passed peacefully in his home in the hills of Sheridan surrounded by his family on May 15th. His Dad, Rudy, was a logger and taught David his way in the woods. At 14, David was driving log and hay trucks. He grew up on the coast of Garibaldi where his father also taught him his love of the ocean. David felt at home on the water; water skiing, working on a charter boat, being the captain of his own boat, fishing, crabbing and clamming. He was an excellent fisherman and avid hunter with entries in the Oregon Record Book and Boone and Crocket. He filled his once in a lifetime Oregon sheep tag in Eastern Oregon at the age of 81.

David attended Banks High School and graduated from Beaverton High School in 1948. David received his Bachelor’s Degree from Oregon College of Education in 1975 and later his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice. In 1951, David enlisted in the Army and went to fight in the tumultuous Korean War. He was very proud of his service with the 52nd Field Artillery Battalion. He returned to Oregon and was hired by the Oregon State Police in 1953 in Albany, Oregon as a Trooper. He was promoted to Corporal and moved to McMinnville in 1964. He was later promoted to Station Commander of the McMinnville office and rose through the ranks to become a Major in District One in Portland, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1984. He was appointed by the Governor the year after he retired to be one of the first Oregon State Lottery Commissioners. He also worked for the Yamhill County Sheriff’s office where he worked investigations. In 1976, David graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and later served as President of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates Oregon Chapter. He also served as Executive Vice President of the American Association of State Troopers.

In 1995, he bought a ranch in the hills above Sheridan where he and his wife built a home and raised cattle and chickens. David resided there until his passing. He is preceded in death by his Dad, Rudy and Mom, Susan (Nielsen) and Brother Gordon. He is survived by his wife of 24 years Dawn Vyette Witt and Sister Charlotte Ackerman, his three children Randy Witt (Paula Hartzell), Debbie Winkler and Julie Gettman (Alan) and their Mother, Betty Witt and his six grandchildren Kristin, Kelly, Kayla, Conner, Kari and Casey and six great grandchildren.

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822 SW 2nd Street
McMinnville, OR 97128

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822 SW 2nd Street McMinnville 97128 OR
United States

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