David Marion Denham was born Aug. 26, 1946, in Lewiston and died Thursday, July 4, 2019, in Lewiston.
David was the only child of Marion A. Denham and Sophia Jungert Denham. He was the grandson of the pioneering Jungert and Denham families who settled near Cottonwood Butte and Icicle Flats in Idaho County in the early 20th century. Growing up on a farm at the foot of Mason Butte, David suffered from asthma, so the family moved temporarily to Wickenburg, Ariz., where Marion managed a dude ranch while David healed. One day, while a ranch visitor held little “Davie,” Marion answered questions about dryland farming from the ranch visitor. That ranch visitor was Albert Einstein. David loved that story.
David’s mother, Sophia Denham, administrator at Tri-State Hospital, stayed in Clarkston during the week, but traveled to their ranch at the foot of Mason Butte on the weekends. David spent his first six grades in Craigmont schools, then attended middle school and high school in Clarkston.
In high school, David was a photographer of rodeos and weddings and worked at Wasem’s for his friend, Cliff Wasem. He played jazz piano and sang in dance bands throughout the area as a young man. He participated in thespian groups at school and worked for his cousins, Phillip and Marion Jungert, in the gold mines near Marshal Mountain in the summers.
David married Lynn Rose Nordstrom in 1967 and moved to Houston. There he traveled as a representative of Charm Gas Grill manufacturers. A son, Christopher, was born in Texas.
Upon returning home to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley, the couple had a second son, James Denham. The couple later divorced in 1986.
David worked most of his life at Medical Service Bureau, which became Regence Health Insurance. He was a sales manager and later an information technology provider. David retired at 59 and enjoyed motorcycling, photography, cooking and entertaining his extended family.
David is survived by his family, sons James and Christopher; grandchildren Ryan and Jaydyn Denham; cousins Deloris Jungert Davisson, Margaret Cole, Sandra, Michael and Joanna Davisson, as well as Bob and Bev Jungert, Lewis and Polly Hollandsworth, Guy and Mary Kay Jungert, and Charlotte and Don DeArmond. David kept a lifelong friendship with early neighbors Jay Florence and Gary Peterson. There were few people in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley that were strangers to David.
David was a personal computer consultant in retirement, doing some contract work for the Washington state Health Department. He was a co-owner of Veggies, Inc., and chairman of the board of the Museum of Winchester History. He was pancake maker extraordinaire for the Winchester Days cowboy breakfast, photographer for the Lewis Clark Ordway Exhibit at the Winchester Museum and a contributing member of the Social Justice Book Club in the valley.
He followed political winds as an avid MSNBC watcher. David was a longtime “Friend of Bill’s”; he sponsored many younger men and loved chairing meetings at the Alanon Club. An avid photographer, David always enjoyed belonging to the Lewis-Clark Camera and Cheese Cake Eating Club. David was an Epicurean, for sure.
Your memorials to the Museum of Winchester History, P.O. Box 3, Winchester, ID 83555, will help further remembrances of pioneers in the Craigmont, Winchester and Prairie communities.
A celebration of David Marion Denham’s life will be held later this summer.