January 11, 1945 – December 22, 2017
David Shuford passed away on Dec. 22, 2017, due to complications from kidney and heart disease. His passing was peaceful surrounded by his family at home.
Dave was born Jan. 11, 1945, and raised in the Englewood neighborhood of Salem, Oregon. He was the son of Steele and Doris (Lundeen) Shuford.
Even from an early age, he was active in sports and spent countless hours hitting the tennis ball against the exterior of Englewood School teaching himself to play tennis. Having won the state high school championship in 1963, Dave later received a tennis scholarship to attend OSU. Tennis continued to be an important part of his life as he worked as the tennis instructor for Illahee Golf Course and managed the Madison Tennis Center (currently the Athletic Edge). Dave particularly loved helping coach the tennis team at Willamette University.
He and his father and local supporters were instrumental in the formation and construction of Salem Swim and Tennis facility. Dave also worked as a McNeil Pharmaceutical representative for 15 years before moving into commercial real estate and property management.
In 1963, Dave met Karen Kaiser. They were later married in 1967 having just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. For a short time, they lived in Bellevue, Washington, where he ran a program for a King County recreation center before moving back to Keizer in 1975. Dave and Karen raised their children, Amber and Elliot in Keizer. Dave enjoyed fishing, rafting, bird hunting and most of all relaxing at “the cabin” in the Little North Fork area. Over the years, he was active in several civic organizations including the Elks, Salem Realtors Association and the Keizer Tennis Association.
Dave is survived by his wife, Karen; daughter Amber (Mike); son Elliot (Emily) and several grandchildren: Kyler, Lauryn, Brittany, Ashley and Nathaniel and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Gail.
A private celebration of life will be conducted in early spring. Donations in Dave’s name may be made to the United States Tennis Association, which awards grants to promising high school seniors.