David T. Caddy was born in Loop City, Nebraska June 12, 1935 and passed away peacefully September 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 at the lake. In 1954 Dave joined the Navy and was stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
His family all moved to Tonasket in the late 1950’s, and he worked at a local gas station. At Tonasket he met his future wife Miriam Brown and 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 4th and Western. 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 they 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 kids 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 that 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 kids 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 1970’s and the early 1980’s and then in 1998 he began an 8 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”. Some of his former classmates also expressed disbelief that he was 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, TVBRC 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, 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 Saturday, October 5, 2013, at 11:00 A.M. at the Ellisforde Church of the Brethren with Pastor James Yaussy Albright officiating.
Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville/Tonasket is in care of arrangements.