David Wayne Seaman, 62, died March 14, 2010, at the Vancouver VA Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash. He was born Oct. 18, 1947, in Havre, Mont., to George and Esther (Runnion) Seaman, the seventh sibling of 10 in his family. He grew up in Havre, where he attended grade school. In his high school years, he was proud of his football and boxing accomplishments. David enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for two years. In 1966, he was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division in Germany as a tank driver. In 1967 he volunteered for service in Vietnam and was a construction/ machine operator in a combat zone. He was awarded a National Defense Service Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal, a Good Conduct Medal and a Sharpshooter Medal. Ten years later in 1977-1978, he served in the Air National Guard in Oregon as an airman first class. He was proud to have served his country and remained patriotic throughout his life. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. David married Helen Janel Major, and they lived in Portland, Ore. Together they had one daughter, Paula Rae Seaman. He remarried to Dianna (Colvig) Wolff, with stepdaughter, Tracy Wolff, and they lived in Portland, Ore. Later he married PuCha (Kim) Park, with stepsons Steve and Tom White, and they lived in Aloha, Ore. The majority of his work years were in Portland, Ore., at Columbia Steel Mills, as a molder, and on the Willamette River as a longshoreman. He also owned and operated a ceramic business, Imagination Gallery. David learned how to work hard in his early years and maintained a strong work ethic all his life. David held the utmost respect and love for his entire family. They were his joy, and he made it a priority to stay connected. He was interested in global politics and economics, and he shared his views with family and friends. He was proud of his own baptism in 1995 and was devoted to the study of God’s Holy Word and was passionate about sharing God’s promises with others. After being diagnosed with cancer, he participated as a Disabled American Veteran in a scientific medical research program in an effort to help others. He was a warrior at fighting cancer for over five years. David will be remembered as a loving husband and father and a “hero” to his family. David is survived by his wife, PuCha Seaman, of Aloha, Ore.; his daughter, Paula Seaman of Portland, Ore.; and his sisters and brothers, Luella McCabe of Ridgefield, Wash., Vernon (Sherri) Seaman and Donald Seaman of Kalispell, Mont., Betty Ann (Gene) Leap of Tacoma, Wash., Vicki (Paul) Niederegger of Chinook, Mont., Janet (Don) Knauss of Libby, Mont., and Paul (Rosalie) Seaman of Renton, Wash. He was preceded in death by his sister, Margaret Black of Kelso, Wash., in 1977; his father, George Seaman of Kalispell, Mont., in 1989; his mother, Esther Seaman of Kalispell, in 2008; and his sister, Diana Enloe of Rawlins, Wyo., in 2010. At David’s request, cremation has taken place. The family has plans for a memorial graveside service on June 26, at the C.E. Conrad Memorial Cemetery in Kalispell, Mont. Cards and letters of condolence can be mailed to 2222 S.W. Spring Garden St., Apt. 107, Portland, OR 97219.
DAVID WAYNE SEAMAN obituary
Published: Monday, March 29th, 2010
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