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David Charles MacFadden

09/23/1928 - 02/09/2014


David Charles MacFadden

David Charles MacFadden was born near Philadelphia, Penn. on September 23, 1928. Following graduation from Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia, David settled in Portland, Oregon. It was here that he met his future wife, H. Darlene Sayles, who had graduated from Beaverton High School and was working in downtown Portland. In the mid-1950s David graduated from Western States Chiropractic College and began his chiropractic practice in Madras, Oregon.

David had long been interested in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) program, and in 1959 he relinquished his chiropractic practice and became a Scout Executive with the BSA. This took the growing family to many communities in Oregon, Washington, and Montana.

After nearly 20 years in Scouting, David returned to Portland and served as Dean of Students at Western States Chiropractic College for several years. Subsequently, he re-entered chiropractic, and maintained a clinic in Gresham until he retired in 2009.

David spent much of his free time working with the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), and was an accomplished Instrument-rated pilot. He also continued to work with local Scout troops and Cub packs.

Darlene preceded David in death in December 2010. David is survived by five children: Linda Susannah MacFadden (Tacoma, WA), Gary David MacFadden (The Dalles), Sandra Joan MacFadden (Portland), Laurie Adair Grove (Corbett), and Melissa Lorraine MacFadden (Spanaway, WA); a brother, Rev. Richard Hildebrant (Raleigh, NC) and sister, Jonnie Massey (Sacramento, CA); 13 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Faith United Methodist Church, of which Dr. MacFadden was a charter member, on Saturday, February 15th at 1p.m. The church is located at 27400 SE Stark St. in Troutdale, OR. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Faith United Methodist Church, the Columbia River Gorge Chapter of Kiwanis International, or the Boy Scouts of America.