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 Methodist Church.

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 Dad.”

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.


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