Leonard David Hemphill (Dave), 83, of Keizer, died Jan. 28 after a long struggle with pulmonary fibrosis.
He was born in Los Angeles, Calif. on July 7, 1932 to Mary Comella Hemphill and David Thomas Hemphill. Dave graduated from Marshall High School in Los Angeles in 1950 and began a career at American National Insurance Company. Dave met the love of his life, Glenda, and they were married June 10, 1961. Together they raised three children.
Dave and Glenda moved their young family to Keizer in 1969 and Dave went to work building pole barns. He started his own business, Pacific Metal Buildings, in 1971. He became a member of the Keizer Rotary the same year and remained an active member throughout the rest of his life, including two terms as president. He was also a volunteer firefighter/EMT with the Keizer Fire District. He then became a reserve Marion County Deputy Sheriff, later graduating from the police academy and becoming a Marion County Deputy Sheriff in 1986, retiring in 1997.
Dave is survived by his wife, Glenda; children: Scott (Priscilla) Hemphill of Normandy Park, Wash., Eric (Cheryl) Hemphill of Salem and Melia (Matt) Ratchen of Rathdrum, Idaho; sister, Barbara (Mar) Geurink of Tigard; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. at Keizer City Hall, 930 Chemawa Road NE. He was loved and will be missed by all who knew him. If you wish to make a donation, please consider Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties.