David Oates

Profile Updated: August 26, 2016
Residing In: Oak Harbor, WA USA
Spouse/Partner: Helen (Stone) Oates
Occupation: Retired from the chemical/diagnostic instruments industry
Children: We only have adults! Donald lives in La Honda, CA and Timothy is living in Ashand, OR.

Now More…we also have Stone, our 3 year old grandson. (2016)
Your life since graduation:

I spend most of my time working on my boat. I have been boating since the mid 50s with a break for mountaineering late 70s. About 1986 my father lured me back to boating and Helen and I have been boating every since. We sold the sailboat that my father and I built (launched in 1969) in 2006 and bought a 42' powerboat. We keep the boat in the Antioch.
Spent most of my working career in the medical instruments business. Assembly, testing, chemical manufacturing. I was a chemist and then a Documentation Specialist and Regulatory Affairs Officer until I left that employer in 1994. Did some consulting in documentation of Good Manufacturing Practices and database management. One day I noticed that I was not working and I was not looking for work. I realized that I was finally retired.

School Story:

There was a teacher that thought is was wrong for boys to wear plain, white T-shirts to school. One day near the end of 1960, a senior friend of mine and I went home at lunch (we lived close to Carlmont), changed into white T-shirts and went back to school.
When the notorious teacher spotted us he sent us to the Dean. Dean did not share the teachers objection to our attire and told us to avoid the teacher and hangout on Senior Lawn. Of course, the teacher saw us and after we told him the story, he went off to have it out with the Dean. Ha Ha! Great fun.

There was a time when someone was planning some kind of show or skit. I was called because it was believed that I could play the bongo drums. I was so excited to be asked to participate that I said I would do it. But as thing progressed and a rehearsal was being planned, I realized I was dreaming – I wasn’t a bongo drum player, I just wanted to be one. I wanted to do the gig, but I really couldn’t play. As much as I wanted to be involved, I had to back out. I was very embarrassed and I probably caused a real problem by leading the group on. If anyone remembers the incident they probably have a different view of what happened. I assume I really left a bad impression on someone. Eventually I forgot about the incident – until now. I know this wasn’t a fun thing that happened at school, but it just came to me and I decided to share it here.

Travel/ Places you've visited.

We have sailed in the Windward Islands: St. Vincent, Bequia, Mustique, Mayreau, Canouan, etc. We have sailed in Mexico and Canada including the San Juans Islands and the Canadian Gulf Islands.

We like to go to Hawaii. Our son has a rental home on the big island, Hawaii.

We like to travel in Mexico. In the winter of 2006 - 2007 we rented a house in San Carlos, Sonora, Mex and were resident for four months. It was great and we frequently think of going back.

Having toured the southwest, we now talk our road trips to the northwest -- Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. We now live on Whidbey Island, WA and our road trips continue, only now many are south to Ashland, the bay area, Grass Valley, our boat and one all the way to Albuquerque, NM.

Current Hobbies or Sports you enjoy.

Helen and I enjoy cruising our boat in the California/San Joaquin and Sacramento river deltas. Our delta club has become a cruising club (we now longer have a clubhouse) and increased the number of cruise event. I was going to bring the boat up to Washington (leaving Sept. 12, 2016 - crew is ready), but that has been canceled. First we could not find a berth for her and that made us realize that it is too expensive for us to boat in Washington. So the boat is going to go up for sale. If we need to continue boating we will charter or purchase a smaller boat -- one that can be trailed and kept on our property.

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Jan 13, 2020 at 1:49 PM
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Apr 23, 2019 at 8:18 PM

Hey George, are you sure you don't have birthdays come twice a year? Wow, another year went by... Well I hope your are having a real good birthday today.

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Jan 12, 2019 at 3:02 PM

Hi Dave. Here I am socially late wishing you a happy birthday. I'm just thinking about communicating with someone other than family who I have known for 70 years. Well here's hoping you have many more (birthdays that is). David

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Dec 04, 2018 at 10:53 AM

Happy birthday Jerrylee.
David

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Apr 23, 2018 at 11:34 AM

Happy Birthday George! I want to say it is scary that another year went by so fast, but I then I realized it is SUCCESS.

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Jan 09, 2018 at 10:58 AM

Hi Dave, Happy Birthday. Another years has rolled around. i assume you are still hiking the trails. I am recovering from a little lumbar surgery and doing well enough to be thinking I will be able to enjoy some of the hiking trails around my home (Oak Harbor). Take care and stay healthy.

David

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Dec 04, 2017 at 10:55 AM

Jerrylee, Happy Birthday. Boy, they keep coming around fast. The good part is we are here to enjoy them.

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Apr 25, 2017 at 3:52 PM

OK George, but I missed the birthday by a couple days. Like I indicated last year... time is sure skippin' by. Hope you have many more.

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Jan 09, 2017 at 12:43 PM

Hey Dave, happy birthday. I hope you are still out there hiking.

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Dec 04, 2016 at 2:59 PM

Happy Birthday Jerrylee.

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Aug 26, 2016 at 11:45 AM
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Jan 08, 2016 at 4:10 PM

Posted on: Jan 08, 2016 at 3:27 PM

Hello Gerrine, we haven't made contact in I don't know how long. I remember you most from when we were in Mr. Van's class, eighth grade. Doug Mueller contacted me when he heard I was on Whidbey Island and I just sent a birthday message to Dave Wing. My wife Helen and I moved to Whidbey Island in October of 2014 and moved into a new home a year ago. We still haven't completely unpacked -- mainly because we have been making frequent trips south (our youngest son, our daughter-in-law and our 29 month old grand son live in Ashland, OR.). We also make trip back to the SF area to visit friends, our other son and our boat. Now we plan to stay home for a few months. Maybe we can get some house projects finished. I still have a boat down in Antioch. It's too big to ship via truck so I plan to bring her up the coast. I was going to do that last fall, but it got too late and the weather window turned bad. I hope to get her to Whidbey (or Fidalgo) some time this year. I have been reading posts on this classmate site; is there anything new about holding another reunion?

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Jan 08, 2016 at 2:56 PM

Hi Dave, Happy birthday. It's been a while since we communicated. Somehow back then we lost contact. My wife Helen and I moved into our home on Whidbey Island, January15, 2015. We still haven't completely unpacked -- mainly because we have been making frequent trips south. Now we plan to stay home for a few months. Maybe we can get some house projects finished. I still have a boat down in Antioch. It's too big to ship via truck so I plan to bring her up the coast. I was going to do that last fall, but it got too late and the weather window turned bad. I hope to get her to Whidbey (or Fidalgo) some time this year.

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May 31, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Happy Birthday Diane. I tried to go to your profile directly from the email notice, but I just ended up on my own. Anyway, we pass another one -- we are survivors.
David

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Apr 24, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Happy Birthday, George! In other words, ditto what Marolyn said. It seem like I just sent this wish. How can another year go by so fast?

Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 1:18 AM
Adventure at Bethel Island
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 1:18 AM
David & Helen in Oregon
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 1:18 AM
David & Helen at Crater Lake, Oregon
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 1:18 AM
Adventure heading back to the delta from SF Bay.




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