SEAVIEW - On Saturday evening, Sept. 21, 2002, David Oatfield went home to be with the Lord. His family and community have lost a Christ-like role model, but heaven has gained a shining star.
Mr. Oatfield was born on June 6,1935 in Astoria to James Orville Oatfield and Helen Lucina Penttila Oatfield. He grew up on the family farm in Skamokawa, and worked for his father's logging outfit during the summers and on weekends. He graduated from Wahkiakum High School in 1953. After two years at the Lutheran Bible Institute, he transferred to Seattle Pacific College where he graduated with a degree in education.
During his college years he met his wife and lifetime partner of 45 years Donna Scotvald Oatfield. They moved to the Long Beach Peninsula eventually settling in Seaview. Mr. Oatfield taught the fourth and fifth grades at Ilwaco and Long Beach schools for ten years. Although he loved teaching and was equally loved by his students the pull of the woods was stronger. He operated a cat for his father at Grays River Logging and his brothers at Willapa Logging from 1973 to 1999.
From his retirement until now Mr. Oatfield fine tuned his true calling in life which was to help and serve others and bring joy to anyone he met. To know him was to love him and many would say, "A more Christ-like man is hard to find." He served as a deacon, youth leader, elder and Sunday school teacher at Chinook Lutheran and llwaco Community Churches. He was a long-standing member of the Gideons, was involved with Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship and a behind the scenes volunteer for His Supper Table.
Mr. Oatfield is survived by his wife Donna, their three daughters and families: Jami and Joe Doupe', grandson Tyler and granddaughter Lilyana; Tami and Tom Rehanek, granddaughters Hillary and Kylie and grandsons Ryan and Josh, and Jill and Steve Samuelson, granddaughter Katie and grandson Matthew. He is also survived by his brothers and wives Larry and Kathy Oatfield of Sun Lakes, Ariz., Ray and Jan Oatfield of Centralia, and Richard and Flo Oatfield of Olympia, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be Thursday, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. at Ilwaco Community Church to celebrate the life of David "Sodbuster" Oatfield. All who knew and loved him are invited to attend with a reception immediately following. Graveside service and vault interment will be held at Peaceful Hill Cemetery in Naselle Thursday morning. Those wishing may view Wednesday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Penttila's Chapel by The Sea in Long Beach.
Those wishing may make memorial donations to Ilwaco Community Church or His Supper Table in care of Ilwaco Community Church, PO Box 868, Ilwaco, WA 98624.