David Underwood, 67, of Sunnyside was unexpectedly called
home to his Lord Saturday, April 2, 2005.
He was born Sept. 29, 1937 in Yakima to Samuel and Ruby
Underwood. Dave grew up with three older brothers, Richard, Phil and Wes. In a
house of four boys, they had many adventures which we often heard about
throughout the years. Dave spent his early years in Milton-Freewater, Ore.
before moving to Yakima, where he graduated from Yakima High School in 1956. He
then enlisted in the U.S. Army. After receiving an honorable discharge he
attended Central Washington University and graduated in 1961 with a degree in
business administration and economics. He embarked on his career in insurance
working for Safeco as an insurance adjustor. Dave later became an independent
insurance agent serving many people in the Yakima Valley throughout his career.
On Aug. 15, 1964 he married
Marilyn Ann Davis in Yakima. They made their home in Sunnyside, where they
raised their two children, Kimberly and Jeffrey. Dave was a supporter of his
community serving on the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Elks and Sunnyside Chamber
of Commerce, where he served as president and helped many years with the
Sunnyside community float.
Dave’s relationship with Christ
Jesus was a huge part of his life starting when he was a small boy throughout
his entire life. He was the moral compass that steered his family and gave them
guidance, support and direction.
He was a life-time member and supporter of the United
Dave will be remembered for his honest, integrity and
goodwill to others, including the many four-legged friends that he helped and
befriended throughout his life-time. The birds and squirrels around Sunnyside
will miss their many snacks that Dave gave them as well. Dave never missed an
entrepreneurial opportunity that came his way and always had a new idea to
share with friends and family. He maintained many life-long friendships and
left behind many dear friends, all of who recall his friendly nature and quick
wit. His life was a success.
His greatest treasure in life was his family. He was always
so supportive and encouraging of everything his children did. In the last nine
years, Dave rejoiced in all that his precious grandchildren did. He often got
everyone together for family trips to Disneyland, Lake Wallowa and the Oregon
Coast. He truly believed that there was no time better than the present and
that we should do things before it was too late to do them. “How right you were
He is survived by is wife of 40 years, Marilyn; his
daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Brian Frank; his son and daughter-in-law,
Jeffrey and Carmen Underwood of Nampa, Idaho; grandchildren, T.J. Underwood,
Trajen Frank, Janessa Frank, Jenika Underwood and a new one on the way; three
brothers, Richard Underwood of Selah, Phil Underwood of Hermiston, Ore. and Wes
and Sue Underwood of Grandview; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation for family and friends will be held Tuesday,
April 5, 2005, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Keith and Keith Funeral Home on Ninth Ave.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday, April 6, 2005, at 11 a.m. at West
Hills Memorial Park, Yakima. Those wishing to attend may meet at the cemetery
or follow the family by meeting at Keith and Keith Ninth Avenue Funeral Home,
Yakima, at 10:15 a.m. Memorial services will follow at 1 p.m. at the Sunnyside
United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Humane
Society of Yakima, c/o Keith and Keith Funeral Home. Keith and Keith Funeral
Home, Yakima, is in charge of arrangements.