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David J. Lau

September 24, 1931 - September 2, 2021


David J. LauDave passed away peacefully in Salem, Oregon after a difficult illness with his family at his side. Dave was born to Heber and Rhea Lau in Soda Springs, Idaho, a farming community in the southern part of the state. He attended the University of Idaho where he became president of his fraternity, Delta Tau Delta, and met his wife, Ann Royer. Dave and Ann were married in 1953 in a double wedding ceremony with Ann's twin sister and her husband in Boise, Idaho. They were happily married for 68 years. Dave graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, followed by his Army service as a Counter Intelligence Agent. He was employed by Prudential and Connecticut Mutual insurance companies in their agricultural loan departments, spending time in Washington, Oregon, and Connecticut.
In 1970, he moved his family back to Salem, Oregon, leaving a secure corporate career to set up his own commercial real estate appraisal business. In 1990, he had the honor of being named "Appraiser of the Year" by the Oregon Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. He taught for the Appraisal Institute at various universities and conference centers throughout the U.S. and was a contributing author to several editions of the institute's textbook, Appraisal of Real
Estate.
He is survived by his loving wife, Ann, daughter Marty Layton (Kirk) of Portland, and grandsons, Austin (Hayley) of San Diego and Charlie of Portland. He was predeceased by his two brothers, Grant and Tom, and his son, Ken.
Dave was known by his many friends and family for his exuberant laughter, sense of humor, generosity, intellectual curiosity, love of family, interest in others, and spirit of adventure. He had a thirst for knowledge and was a voracious reader. A treasured memory of Dave's was building a cabin on the Columbia River with his son, Ken. He enjoyed backpacking and hiking, and climbed several mountains, including Mount Hood, Mount Washington, and the Grand Teton. His favorite hiking trips included the Swiss Alps, the Milford Trek in New Zealand, and the Oregon Cascades. Dave was an avid skier, and enjoyed many ski weeks with the Mt. Hood Gang in Sun Valley. Dave also loved cycling, participating in the Seattle To Portland bike ride 10 times and in 16 week-long Oregon Bike Rides, and even biked overseas for a week along the Danube River. He and Ann traveled extensively, and bungee jumped twice in New Zealand. After he retired in 1996, they traveled to many overseas destinations, including China, Thailand, the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas, Australia, South America, Antarctica, and many other countries throughout Europe. Their favorite trip was an African safari. Dave also enjoyed fly fishing and river rafting, particularly in the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, and the Snake, Owyhee, Missouri, and Rogue rivers. A highlight for Dave and Ann was taking their two grandsons on summer trips when they were younger, including camping at Big Lake (Oregon), sailing on a tall ship in California, and even a flight school with Elderhostel.
Dave was a member of the Salem Board of Realtors, the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, a longtime member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, a Stephen Minister, and a Board member of the Salem Rotary Club and the Salem Art Association. He volunteered for many years as a Capital Guide, connecting his love of people with his love of history.
He will be missed by all for his enthusiastic love of life.
Contributions may be made in Dave's honor to Marion Polk Food Share or your favorite charity. A memorial service will be held at a later date when we can gather more safely.

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We were so sorry to hear about Dave's passing.  He had a smile and personality that lit up any room he walked in to.  We consider ourselves to have been lucky to have known him.  Our hearts go out to Ann and the family.  

Mike and Debra McDermott