David Leo Messer, 60, of Vale died Sept. 29, 2009 in Jamieson, Oregon as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.
David was born on Aug. 11, 1949, in Great Falls, Mont., the son of Leo Eugene Messer and Elizabeth Lucille Jenson. He attended Great Falls schools and graduated from Charles M. Russell High School.
He took courses in land surveying with the Montana State Highway Department and North Idaho College in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and obtained his Montana State Land Surveyor-in-Training license.
He married Nadine Hayes of Wallowa in 1977 in Sandpoint, Idaho.
The couple lived in the greater Seattle area and Kalispell, Mont., where he worked for 20 years in the private land surveying field and Nadine taught elementary school.
In 1989, the couple moved to Pendleton, Oregon, where Mr. Messer earned associate degrees with honors in civil engineering technology and math/computer science from Blue Mountain Community College.
In 1995, he opened a computer consulting business, which he operated in Pendleton and, since 2007, in Vale.
He enjoyed reading, ham radio, working with computers, photography, and travel. Over the years, he and Nadine made trips to Washington, D.C., San Francisco, San Antonio, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Canada, Mexico, England, Scotland, Belgium, Yellowstone and the Tetons.
Mr. Messer attended the Seventh-day Adventist Church and volunteered with the Red Cross disaster team, the Pendleton Amateur Radio Club, Volunteers in Police Service, Inland Northwest Musicians, and the American Legion.
He took a special interest in setting up donated computer technology for small Christian schools.
He is survived by his wife, Nadine of Jamieson; brother, Stephen Messer of Fairbanks, Alaska; sisters, Cheryl Hansen of Hartland, Wis., Judy Parker of Mesquite, Nev., Beverly Rogers of Whitesburg, Ky., and Susan Guerrero of Hoodsport, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Nancy Messer.
A memorial service was held Monday, October 5, in Vale.
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, at the Lostine Cemetery, Lostine. A memorial service will follow on Monday, Oct. 12, at the Pendleton Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1401 SW Goodwin Place, Pendleton.