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David Leo Messer, 60, of Jamieson, died as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident Sept. 29, one mile west of Jamieson.
Graveside services will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Lostine Cemetery. A memorial service will follow on Monday at the Pendleton Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1401 SW Goodwin Place. A memorial service was held Oct. 5 in Vale. Lienkaemper Chapel of Ontario was in charge of arrangements.
David was born Aug. 11, 1949, to Leo Eugene Messer and Elizabeth Lucille Jenson in Great Falls, Mont. 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.
In 1977, David married Nadine Hayes in Sandpoint, Idaho. They 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, where David 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, photography, travel, ham radio and working with computers.
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.
David was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Nancy Messer.
La Grande Observer – October 08, 2009