David Stanley Haroldson
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March 16, 1943 ˜ May 6, 2020

David Stanley Haroldson died Wednesday, May 6th, 2020, in Portland, Oregon. He was born March 16, 1943 in North Island, California to Stanley Haroldson and Margaret Thorington.
Dave was a humble, gentle, compassionate and kind man who loved animals, the outdoors, fishing, golfing, and spending time with his friends and family. He was a great planner, provider, and meticulous record keeper. Dave hated spontaneity and television commercials, the only exceptions being ASPCA and GEICO. He had a natural curiosity about life and the people he met, and the most expressive and gentle eyes. Most of all, Dave loved his wife.
Dave is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jan Haroldson; five children; six grandchildren; and countless friends and family. Life won’t ever be the same without him.
Dave’s family would like to send special thanks to his care team at Providence Cancer Institute Franz Clinic and his Palliative Care team for their compassionate and loving care over the past five months.
Dave was an avid fly fisherman and looked forward to every opportunity to spend time on the river with his friends. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Nature Conservancy (nature.org).
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Published in The Columbian on May 10, 2020.
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May 14, 2020
Thank you for the opportunity to say good bye and allow me to wish my deepest condolences to Jan and the Haroldson family. I know for a fact Dave now resides with our Lord (fly fishing of course), and within the fond memories of all who met him. Count me as one of the lucky few to say they worked with him for so many years in Vancouver and in Los Angeles too. He was a malting mentor and a friend. I am sure all can agree, it is one of Gods blessings and gifts for having known Dave.
May 14, 2020
Though our opportunities to interact were not frequent, I always felt enriched after a visit with Dave and keenly looked forward to the next occasion. His sense of humor, his sincerity, his honest and dependability were easy to recognize and appreciate--he was truly a gentleman. Please accept my condolences for your loss, Jan, may you and the family find comfort and peace in God, in the love of each other and the love of friends. Dave was a good man and he will be missed...
Jim O'Lennick
May 13, 2020
Dave was such a caring and kind person. The hole he leaves in his familys life will be felt for a long time. Sue and Pepe
Susan Maxwell
May 12, 2020
Dave was a wonderful person. Caring and sincere. We all will miss him greatly
Rob Albright
May 12, 2020
It is with a great sadness, that I read of the passing of Dave Haroldson. We had 1st met as Q. C. Techs in the laboratory of G. W. Malt in 1971. Over the next 26 years, we shared many wonderful hours together as production supervisors at work as well as friends playing cards, fishing the N. Fork or on the golf course. A true and loyal friend and a man of impeccable integrity, you will be greatly missed. Sympathy and prayers to Jan and the family at this time
Marvin Hascall
May 11, 2020
Jan and family. I had the absolute pleasure to work with Dave. I will never forget the first time i was introduced to him. Within a few minutes, he had captured my trust. He had this air of gentle goodness with wisdom to spare. A man who knew his stuff. A Master Malster. He patiently had an answer to all my questions. The go-to-guy. Over all the years I've known Dave, when ever we crossed paths, he always paused to take the time to greet or at least gave a nod or a "Hi Sue" attached with a smile. I cannot think of a single memory that doesn't bring a smile to my soul. His obit hit the nail on the head...he had gentle eyes. This was his strength. Hard not to cry. I don't know anyone who did not treasure his friendship. I am one of those who was lucky enough to have known this good man. God be with you in peace Dave.

Sue Abbott
Sue Abbott
May 11, 2020
Dave made a difference each day at work as a teacher, mentor, coach and friend, always being considerate of others. I remember his wonderful smile, sense of humor and his laugh. His depth of understanding and processing skills making malt were at the top, the best. My sincere Best Wishes for the family, I know he will be missed.
Kevin Anderson
Kevin Anderson
May 11, 2020
I worked with Dave for many years at GWM. He was one of the sweetest, kindest persons I've ever known. I am so sorry for your loss.
Jennie Roberts
May 10, 2020
Gentle of spirit, Dave was a man who was clear about his priorities, yet not full of himself. Always caring and kind towards others, sincere, warm in approach, and with a wry sense of humor.
I'll always think of Dave as a happy camper - living in nature in his tent or truck, alongside a peaceful river, preferably alone in his later years - doing what he loved best!
We love you Jan, and grieve with you the loss of your handsome, talented and devoted mate!
Deb and Paul
May 10, 2020
Jan and family, We are sending our prayers and deepest sympathy for your loss. Jeff and Linda Donaldson
May 10, 2020
Jan & family. I have known Dave since the fall of 1981. I will always consider him my mentor! My family and I will always be grateful, in having the opportunity to call Dave a good friend. Our very best. Tevis Vance and family!
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