David A. Nees, 69, of Priest River, Idaho, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012.
Dave was born March 7, 1943, in Port Townsend, Wash., to Sylvia and Louis Nees, and raised in Spokane Valley, Wash.
He graduated from West Valley High School in 1961 and later went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University, and a master’s degree in education from Eastern Washington University.
Dave was a teacher and a principal in Washington and Idaho, and retired from Nine Mile Falls School District in 2001.
Throughout his life Dave was an avid outdoorsman. He spent some of his best times with family and friends hunting at elk camp, fishing the banks of trout-filled streams, and skiing in the mountains of the Northwest.
Both in his career and personal life, Dave’s passion for teaching was evident. Along with 35 years of public education service, he spent 10 years as a Special Olympics volunteer ski instructor at Mt. Spokane, and eight years at the Schweitzer Mountain Ski School. Dave loved teaching and mentoring, and his positive impact on all those around him truly was a blessing.
Dave is survived by his wife, Susan Nees of Priest River; his sons, Matthew Nees of Sammamish, Wash., Jason Nees of Issaquah, Wash., Zack Nees of Sandpoint, Idaho, and Brady and Rylie Murray of Portland, Ore.; and two grandchildren, Claire and Will.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at the Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home, 423 W. Second St., Newport, Wash.
Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home in Newport is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at sherman-knapp.com.