David Alexander Rhoten, Sr.
April 25, 1934 - August 30, 2017
David Alexander Rhoten Sr. born in Salem, Oregon on April 25, 1934 to George A. and Ruth E. (Ross) Rhoten died in Salem, Oregon on August 30, 2017 (age 83 years). He attended Mrs. Kilburn's Salem Musical Kindergarten, Margaret (Mrs. Murco) Ringnalda's school for Children's Theater, McKinley Elementary, Leslie Jr. High, (North) Salem High, University of Washington, Willamette University (undergrad Bachelor in Law) and Gonzaga University Law School. David served in the US Army (Korea) from 1954-1956.
On June 20, 1956 David married and is survived by his beloved Coralie J. Doughton. David's parents, George A. Rhoten and Ruth E. Rhoten are predeceased. David is survived by his children Amy Ruth (Maurice) Goudeau, D. Alex (Kirstin A.) Rhoten Jr. and Ross (Erin E.) McClure Rhoten; nephews Michael C. Doughton and Steven G. Doughton; grandchildren Sam McClure Hayabusa, Max McClure Rhoten, Isabella True Rhoten, Jack Oliver Rhoten, Nick Alexander Rhoten and Lacey C. (Josh) Rhoades; great-grandchildren Hudson A. Jenks, Georgia L. Jenks and Judith Noel Rhoades; sister E. Merlie Reeves; brother-in-law Ken (Pat) Doughton; sister-in-law Mary Jo (David E.) Doughton and wonderful nieces, nephews and cousins.
From 1961-2017 David was in law practice with Rhoten, Rhoten and Speerstra; Paulus, Rhoten, Lien et al; and 30+ years with Lawrence W. Andrews.
David was involved with local and statewide elections. He served on local, state and national boards and committees including Oregon State Bar, Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Community Foundation. He was a participating supporter of Pentacle Theatre (from its beginnings; David was Officer/Director with Sheila A. Laue, Sue (Reid) Juba, Meryl ("Billy") Smith, Marian Milligan and others on WU campus) the Grand Theater and the Elsinore Theatre (Officer/Director).
David was an earnest gardener. For almost 30 special years, he and Coralie planned and nurtured their Garden at 720 Kingwood Drive NW. "So formal yet...so casual" is the title to the November issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine's cover story article on the Garden. Tours, benefits, banquets, international garden connections!! FROLICS all happened in this extraordinary explosion in their lives.
David loved people, pets, friends, his secretaries, lunching out, art, theater, Stayton, Oregon, The Pines (Camp Sherman, Oregon) and considered himself a wayward Episcopalian.
Invited contributions may be donated to Salem Children's Educational Theatre http://www.cetsalem.org/ , Elsinore Theatre http://elsinoretheatre.com/ and Willamette Valley Hospice http://www.wvh.org/ . For more information, please go to David Rhoten’s facebook page.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE
David Alexander Rhoten, Sr.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Willamette Heritage Center
1313 Mill Street
Salem, OR 97301
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