Oct. 11, 1947 - Nov. 8, 2019
David Wayne Kirkland, 72, of Imbler, died Nov. 8 at his residence. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 22 at the North Powder United Methodist Church.
David was born Oct. 11, 1947, in La Grande, to George and Maxine (Erwin) Kirkland. He was raised in North Powder. David served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam with the 9th Division 32nd Battalion from 1968 to 1969. He married Phyllis Brookshire Marx and later Pamela Bagley. Both marriages ended in divorce.
David was a truck driver and heavy equipment operator, built roads for the logging industry and worked in the sawmill. He was employed by HNS Construction, Crisstad Enterprises, Bowman Trucking and Brookshire Logging. David enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading Westerns and crime books, and being a mechanic.
During his time in Vietnam, David earned the Vietnam Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Citation Medal, and the Purple Heart. He was wounded when he stepped on a landmine. Agent Orange was all over the ground. He dove into a rice bed but was struck in the back of the neck with shrapnel. David played basketball and ran cross country and track during his school days. His best friend was his dog, Wendy.
Surviving relatives include his sons, Mark Kirkland of New Plymouth, Idaho, and Chase Kirkland of Portland; brother and sister-in-law, Roger and Karen Kirkland of North Powder; three grandchildren; and brother-in-law, Dwayne Irvin.
He was preceded in death by his son, Clint Kirkland; parents, George and Maxine; and sisters, Iola “Oly” Maxine Kirkland Irvin, Faye Carlon and Dee Harn.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.lovelandfuneralchapel.com.