David Cadden Lawson, loving husband, father, grandfather,
brother, and friend, passed away at his home in Meridian, Idaho, on December 3,
2019. David was surrounded by his wife and daughters when he passed from their
hands into the loving arms of Jesus.
David was born to Iris Blanche Jordon Lawson, and David
Edward Richard Watts Lawson, on July 25, 1937 in Kingwood, West Virginia. David
was raised, went to school, and met the love of his life, Shirley Ann Roberts,
in Terra Alta, West Virginia. David and Shirley were married on August 30, 1959
and enjoyed more than 60 years together.
David was a Marine, Semper Fi, and served overseas during
peace time. He attended West Virginia University and received his Bachelors,
Masters, and Doctorate degrees from WVU while living in Morgantown, West
Virginia. In 1969, David moved his family to Corvallis, Oregon, to begin a long
and fulfilling career at Oregon State University. David was a professor of environmental
health and safety education and served as the department chair for several
years. David was very involved in highway and motorcycle safety and was
instrumental in beginning safety education for riders.
David was one of the sweetest and happiest men on earth! He
was always kind and considerate and greeted everyone with a smile. David suffered
with Parkinson’s disease for several years but possessed an amazingly positive
attitude. David was pleasant, kind, and thankful for family, friends and good
David loved to ride motorcycles, watch the OSU Beavers and
WVU Mountaineers, camp throughout the United States, play golf,
do a little fishing and hunting, and was very
active in Masons, Shriners and Eastern Star.
David is survived by his wife, Shirley Ann Lawson; two
daughters, Suzanne Gordon and Sonja Renae Schriever; five grandchildren, Aron
Edward Schriever, Karly Ann Schriever, Jessica Gordon and spouse Crystal Scott,
Audra Gordon Lynch and spouse Joe Lynch, Samantha Gordon Rutkowski and spouse
Jonathan Rutkowski; and four great-grandchildren, Jonathan and Brenden Lynch
and Kloe and Russell Rutkowski, and his dear brother Bob Lawson.
David would want us to remember that life is “excellent to
outstanding” and to enjoy each day you have been blessed with. Until we meet