David T. Caddy was born in Loop City, Neb., June 12, 1935, and passed away peacefully Sept. 25, 2013, with his wife and children by his side. Many of his grandchildren also spent time with him in his last days.
Dave moved to Chelan when he was young, and graduated from Chelan High School in 1953. While in high school, he played football and basketball. He also learned to box at a young age. Many hours were spent swimming in the lake. In 1954, Dave joined the Navy and was stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
His family moved to Tonasket in the late 1950s, and he worked at a local gas station. At Tonasket, he met his future wife, Miriam Brown. They were married July 21, 1960. In 1962, they moved to Ephrata, where Dave ran a gas station and shop. In 1966, they moved back to Tonasket and leased the Chevron station at the corner of Fourth and Western streets. Dave remained at that station for 32 years. Many high school students worked there, some for credit at school; later some of their sons and daughters worked there too.
Dave was a devoted family man with a great work ethic. He put in very long hours at his business and farms to make sure his family had everything it required. This work ethic was passed on to his children as they grew up working alongside their dad. Dave was a firm believer that family always came first.
Dave had a great love for children of all ages, and several, other than his own, lived in the Caddy household at various times. He never turned down anyone who needed food or a place to stay. He was a man who went out of his way to help people. Dave was very supportive of the school district and spent many nights at sporting events and other programs watching his own children, as well as those of relatives and members of the community. He also supported his grandchildren in their events.
Dave had many other occupations over the years. He farmed, raising cattle, sheep and hay; Dave also had an orchard for a time. He was manager of the Aeneas Lake irrigation system for several years. Dave also owned the Western Auto/Ace Hardware Store, where NAPA is now located, for several years. Dave was a city council member in late 1970s and the early 1980s and then in 1998, he began an eight-year term as mayor of Tonasket. He loved the job and always expressed disbelief “that a simple country boy” like him would be the mayor. He worked on and accomplished many things as mayor. The new sewer treatment plant, ball fields at Chief Tonasket Park, Fourth Street bridge, B-3 skate park, Tonasket Visitors’ and Business Resource Center and Day Park, airport improvements, first track field at the school, better water quality and new wells, and a partnership with the Colville Confederated Tribe and salmon viewing platform were all projects he was involved with. The sidewalk and lighting project from downtown to the school complex was a Department of Transportation Director Award winning project. Dave was mayor when the city gave a 99-year lease for the legacy project and he has a plaque on the wall there honoring his military service.
Dave was a Golden Age member of the Eagles, member of the Chamber of Commerce for several years and Grand Marshall along with his wife, Miriam, for the 2006 Founders Day Parade and celebration. He and his wife were also Santa and Mrs. Claus for several years for the annual Winter Fest celebration.
Dave is survived by his wife of 53 years, Miriam; sons, Dave Jr. (Julie) of Tonasket, and James (LaLaina) of Elmer City; daughters, Mary (Ken) Weese of Tonasket, and Joanie (Mike) Stenberg of Omak; sister, Alice Pitt of Tonasket; brothers, Jack Caddy (Rayetta) of Tonasket and James Caddy (Cathy) of Arizona; grandchildren, Stacy, Derek, Cassidy, Ashlee, Reese, Tylee, Makaylee, Jayton, Cassie, Danielle, Jonathan, Mason, and Jacob; and four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas S. and Alice Wilding Caddy; and granddaughter, Sierra Nicole Caddy.
We will always love you and keep you in our hearts.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at Ellisforde Church of the Brethren with Pastor James Yaussy Albright officiating.
Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville/Tonasket is in care of the arrangements.