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David graduated from Joseph High School in 1958 where he lettered in football and basketball.

Published on May 9, 2018 9:33AM


David Turner

Jan. 18, 1940 –– May 3, 2018

David Sherman Turner passed away at Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise. He had suffered from acute leukemia diagnosed in January 2018.

David was born in Joseph to Bill and Lena Turner. The family ranched on Upper Prairie Creek where he learned to be an excellent horseman and to work with cattle. He was particularly adept at running the farm equipment.

David graduated from Joseph High School in 1958 where he lettered in football and basketball. He was Student Body President and was a charter member of the Joseph FFA Chapter.

David worked as a ranch hand for the Brennan Ranch on Lightening Creek during and after high school. He enjoyed being horseback and working the cattle. David married his high school sweetheart Darlene Tucker, Dec. 30, 1961.

David later went to work for Kit Construction, working in the excavation business. In 1967, he and Darlene began their own business with a backhoe. In 1974, they purchased the Wade Rain Irrigation business from Roy and Wilfred Daggett.

They eventually sold the irrigation business and operated their excavation business for 47 years before retiring in 2015.

David was a member of the Elks Lodge BPOE 1829; the Wallowa County Jaycees and the Joseph Masonic Lodge. He served on the Joseph School District Budget Committee, volunteered for the Wallowa County Museum, and was a past president of the Creighton Ditch Company.

David was instrumental in the Chief Joseph Days arena rebuild in 1967-1968 and the construction of the Joseph Community Center in 1985. He and Darlene functioned as the court chaperons in the ‘60s and ‘70s. He served as CJD rodeo chairmen and rodeo chute boss for more than 15 years.

He served as the Stage Coach Chairmen for 10 years and received the John Justin Committeemen Award and runner- up recognition for the national award in 1993. David received his PRCA Gold Card for 20 plus years of service in 1990. David and Darlene were grand marshals for the 50-year celebration.

David was preceded in death by his parents. He leaves behind wife Darlene Tucker Turner, daughters Cindy, Candi and Sandi, sons-in-law John Bailey, Craig Willis and Nathen Rowe. Also six adored grand children; Lane, Paige, Skyler, Kylie, Kolton and Derek, great granddaughter Blake and another on the way, sisters Beverly and Diane and brothers-in-law Dick Shortridge and Butch Tucker.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Inc. Hall of Fame fund or the Wallowa County Museum.

A celebration of life is 11 a.m. Friday, May 11, at the Joseph Community Center with ritual services by the Masonic Lodge at the Joseph Cemetery.



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