David (Dave) W. Lee was born on July 3rd, 1960 to parents DyAnn Scott Lee Rybarczyk and Ernie Lee. Dave was called home on May 17, 2020 after a fierce battle with cancer. He was diligent and fought hard to live for his kids and grandchildren.
Dave was raised in Hood River, Oregon and enjoyed doing “boy things” with his brother, Gregg and his Uncles, Jeff and Joe. He spent a lot of his time with his Grandma Jewel and Grandpa Casey Lee. Dave and Gregg would play along the Columbia River. He had many wonderful memories of hunting and fishing with his Grandpa, his Dad, and brother.
Dave enjoyed living in Bend during his high school years. He enjoyed his large Bend family which included his stepbrothers, Ed Rybarczyk, Jim Rybarczyk, and Bill Rybarczyk. His sister, Trecia, was blessed with a quick wit and always kept Dave laughing. The family also included Jeff Scott, Joe Scott, and Bobbi Jo Scott who lived there. Often, friends would drop in for a visit and spend the night or even stay up to three months. There were lots of softball, poker, table games etc. and again lots of laugher especially when Nana was in attendance. Dave always said his Nana made any get-together more fun. Dave loved his large Scott family too. Anytime the aunts, uncles and cousins would gather the laughter, tears and visits were hysterical. Dave loved to laugh. He so enjoyed being with those he loved and who deeply loved and cherished him. Dave had a deep love and respect for his mom. He faithfully called her every Saturday.
Dave graduated from Bend High school with the class of 1978. While in High school he worked at Wagners market. In high school he met Pam and they later were blessed with 4 children: Jamie Lee, Cody Lee, Chelsie Dixon, and David Lee.
Dave’s greater blessings were his awesome grandbabies: Kaden (Jamie), Destiny, Branson, and Bristol (Chelsie Dixon and Clayton Hagen). He deeply loved his family and was the rock and glue for them. They always knew they could count on him for good advice, laughter and just being an awesome constant in their lives. He wore many hats, but his favorites were- Daddy, Chompa and Papa.
Dave was a hard, dedicated worker. He worked for the City of Bend for 31 years until retirement in 2017.
Dave’s favorite season was archery season. He loved the outdoors. He enjoyed drives in the mountains with some good country music, camping, fishing, and hunting. A facebook post by Steve Simpson was so indicative of Dave- “if heaven has Ochoco Mountains you can bet that’s where he will be.” His delight was taking his 12-year-old grandson, Kaden up to the mountains with him, often teaching him to shoot targets and his bow or just camping and hanging out together. Dave enjoyed the times when his brother, Gregg, his Uncle Jeff and his friend of many years, Don would share a great weekend in the woods. He always felt the camp visits were the best.
A special note from Dave’s children:
Our Dad was a kind and patient man who loved and supported us unconditionally, even when we did not take his advice. He never judged us and always guided us through life. We always knew that our Dad would do anything for us and that we could always count on him. He had a smile that was contagious, the kind that you find yourself smiling with him for no other reason but his genuine energy. His hugs soothed many sorrows and celebrated many happy moments in our life. A hug from him was everything you needed and more. Our Dad was our rock, our compass, our person. We feel so blessed to have a Dad like him and we will forever cherish him.
“A simple man” described Dave to a tee. He lived for tranquility, peace, laughter, enjoying life and being there for his kids.
Dave was predeceased by his newborn son, Cody Lee, Grandma Jewel, & Grandpa Casey Lee, his father, Ernie Lee, Papa Raymond Scott & Nana Vada Scott, his Uncle Jim Scott and his son-in-law Kody Dixon.
Survivors include his children, Jamie Lee, Chelsie Dixon (Clayton Hagen) and David Lee; Grandchildren, Kaden, Destiny, Branson, and Bristol; Mother and stepfather, DyAnn and John Rybarczyk; his brother, Gregg Lee (Janet); His sister, Trecia (Brad) Rybarczyk Vance; Stepbrothers, Ed (Tawnya) Rybarczyk, Jim Rybarczyk, Bill Rybarczyk; Stepmother, Mary (Alvin) Oswalt and stepsister, Kathy (Mark) Heron. He is survived by lots of Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces and Nephews.
The family would like to thank Partners in Care Hospice and The Hospice House in Bend for the excellent care of Dave during his last hours.
Services are pending due to Covid-19.
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