The real Dave Pendleton
January 10, 2012
I met David Pendleton in 1968, and it was one of the luckiest things that happened to me. We became friends and he taught me the construction trade. I started as a laborer, then to apprentice carpenter, and finally journeyman carpenter. All thanks to Dave.
Dave had a good name in the trade as one of the best. All the contractors jumped at the chance to have him on their team. He worked, even when construction was slow. I worked in that industry until an injury made me change careers.
For the overwhelming majority of his life, Dave was a loving, generous, hardworking, friendly, giving and gentle contributing member of this community. The kind of man who would help anyone if possible. Dave and Charlene (his wife of almost 60 years) had a very busy family life. They enjoyed any activity that included the whole family. They went camping, fishing, quad-riding, snowmobiling, four-wheeling and hunting. I was fortunate to do many of these activities with them.
Dave and Charlene lost a daughter to a horrible accident. They loved and helped each other through the heartache and raised their remaining two children. The longer I knew Dave and Charlene, the more I respected and liked them. When Charlene became ill, Dave cared for her as long as he possibly could in their home. He took care of her for years. When Char died, Dave was devastated. He tried to go on, but he couldn’t. He was a sad, lonely, brokenhearted man.
I also have great respect for the majority of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. I worked hand in hand with them for 25 years. I must be very clear that I hold no anger or animosity toward Deputy Koontz for doing the job he had to do on Dec. 7 at the Garden Cemetery. I hope it’s going well for him. I know an investigation must include complete and detailed facts.
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But did Dave’s family, friends and public need to know how many times he was shot, and how many of those shots were fatal? Most of Dave’s family and friends are hunters and know how devastating a gunshot wound can be. Did you need to put that picture in his loved ones minds? I don’t know if it was Undersheriff Paul Howell’s or The Record-Courier’s idea to put that portion of the story in the newspaper, but was it really necessary?
Can’t we consider how a man lived his life, how he gave to others and his community and not how he chose to end his pain?
Dave in our minds was a good man, good husband, good friend. He will be missed.
Alan and Kathy Mortimer