The Q&A - What late night  mistake is DAVE?McKEE’s most  embarrasing?


Who would you like to trade lives with for a day?

One of my dogs. He seems like he’s just happy all day long. He plays, he lays down, he eats. He doesn’t have to have a worry in the world. He just waits for me to get home and wags his tail.

What’s your favorite sport or activity?

I like watching youth baseball. Not that I know anything about it, I just like watching. All my stepkids played baseball through college.

Which living person do you most admire, and why?

My wife, Lisa. She always seems to be right. Maybe it’s just something I’ve grown to accept? No, she’s understanding and she does seem to have the answers to everything it seems like.

What do you get complimented on most?

Probably my ability to repair things; that I can fix anything.

If you could edit your past, what would you change?

I would have taken my dad’s advice and worked for the railroad. At the time it wasn’t interesting to me, I wanted to be a mechanic. But he worked for the railroad and could’ve got me a job on the railroad. Now the older I’ve gotten, the more interesting it is. It seems like something that would have interested me.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve ever conquered?

That’s a hard one. Let’s see. I would say remodeling an old house in Ilwaco, being that my father-in-law had old wood off the river and beaches and had a local guy mill it for us. Basically all the wood was all off the river and beaches — the siding, everything we added onto the house. It took me 10 years.

The fact about me that people find most surprising is…

Probably my age. I’m 58.

What’s your favorite movie of all time?

I’d have to say “The Shawshank Redemption”. It’s the story of the bad guy that wasn’t really bad and redeemed himself and made it out of the situation he was in. I just like the story line of it; I was glad it turned out OK at the end of it.

If the Peninsula had a uniform, what would it look like?

Rain gear.

What was your most embarrassing moment?

There was an embarrassing one yesterday. I’m getting on Facebook and I see a spot on there where someone had said “Happy Birthday” to my stepson. It was his birthday in March, and someone had commented on it and that brought the post back up. And it was late at night and I was sleepy and so I sent him a message that said, “Happy birthday.” And he wrote back, “It’s not my birthday, Dad. We just had it.”

Dave McKee grew up in Idaho and came to the Peninsula in the early ‘80s to help a friend run a charter boat business. After that, he tried his hand at commercial fishing and then worked as a mechanic for Sparks Automotive. He is now the public works supervisor for the city of Ilwaco, where he has worked for 21 years. Dave has also played a significant role in organizing and planning for the Black Lake Fishing Derby each year. At the derby this weekend, he will likely be found weighing fish for the kids. Dave has six children and stepchildren. He and his wife, Lisa, live in Chinook.

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