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David Dennis Howe U.S. Veteran

August 3, 1960 - September 3, 2012


David Dennis Howe, 52, of White Salmon Wash., passed away Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, in Oakland, Calif.
David was born Aug. 3, 1960, in Plattsburg, N.Y. His family moved to Mt. Upton, N.Y., in the early 1960s. Dave attended Mt. Upton Central School and graduated salutatorian from Mt. Upton Central High School in 1978.
Upon graduation Dave received appointment to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and graduated in 1982.
David served his country in the U.S. Navy, from 1982 to 1993, as an F-14 fighter pilot with VF-143 and LSO. He served in combat during Desert Storm with CAG-1, and completed his service in the Naval Reserves flying C-9s and C-130s as a lieutenant commander. He started his career as an airline pilot with Southwest Airlines in 1994 and became captain in 2000.
He moved to the beautiful Columbia Gorge in 1996 and lived in White Salmon, Wash.
He is survived by his wife, Claire, his son, Colin, and his daughter, Louise, his father, Douglas Howe, and brothers William and Timothy, along with many nieces and nephews, uncles and aunts.
His mother, Patricia Howe, passed in 2012.
A private celebration is being held in Underwood, Wash., on Sunday, Oct. 14. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute to a fund for his children so they may continue to pursue their passions shared with their father; with donations made to: Claire Howe, Outdoor Education Fund in the remarks; CenterPointe Bank, 2500 Cascade Ave., Hood River, OR 97031.