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David L. Byrum January 5, 1942 – November 30, 2019

David (Dave) was born in Riverside, California to Alvin and Marguerite (Stevenson) Byrum. The family moved to Oregon in 1950 and settled in Coburg. He graduated from Coburg High School in 1960 and joined the Navy in 1961. He served aboard the USS Hancock, an aircraft carrier, and had remained in touch with many of his shipmates over the years.

He married his high school sweetheart, Terry (Jensen) in 1961 and they recently celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary. The family moved to Central Oregon in 1974 where Dave was employed by Darrell’s Electric as an electrician. He started his own business in 1979, working with Ed Shaver. They had some great times together. Dave had a reputation as a solid, stand-up guy who performed good work at a reasonable cost. He worked with several contractors in the Sisters/Bend/Redmond area.

Dave belonged to the Sisters Rodeo Association for many years and served on the board for a time. One of his favorite memories while serving as board director was meeting Johnny Cash when he performed in concert at the rodeo grounds

Dave’s love of cars was his primary hobby beginning when he restored several during his teenage years. He began historic car racing during the ’90s and his favorite car was his 69 Camaro. During retirement, he and his wife enjoyed their winters following the sun to Arizona and Palm Springs and spending time with good friends there. Dave never met a vegetable that he liked (maybe corn) and at times he was called “Poopy”, but he was a good friend to many and will be missed by all. The community has lost a genuine original.

Dave is survived by his wife Terry, sons David & Mark and daughter, Jodi. Three granddaughters, Rylee, Shelby & Skylar. Two sisters, Pat & Bonnie and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews as well as his beloved dog Stella.

A celebration of life is planned for a later date.

Rest in Peace, Dave.


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