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David Jay Maki obituary

Published on November 21, 2017 11:12AM

David Maki

David Maki


Nov. 24, 1949 — Oct. 16, 2017

“Do every job the best you can, people are depending on you.” — John Maki.

On a stormy Thanksgiving 1949 afternoon, the phone rang, interrupting the family dinner. Announcing the “best Thanksgiving gift ever” — Baby David!

A Williamsport boy, he grew up with trees, water and good buddies. He started school as part of the final class at the one-room Walluski School. He went on to attend Astoria public schools through 1968, then Blue Mountain Community College to study to become a published photographer.

His early work career took him from the childhood yard work through the cannery, plywood mills, Warrenton School District, Tongue Point Job Corps Center and Dammash Hospital. His passion for construction went beyond his local work for the oil module construction at Tongue Point.

As a member of U.S. Construction Local Operating Engineers 701, he worked at both the North and South Poles, as well as the decommissioning of the Trojan Nuclear Facility. He was trusted in each of these high-stress positions, but most often told of constructing the aquarium pen for Keiko (“Free Willy”) in Newport, Oregon. When his work time ended due to physical restrictions, he was a construction assistant to his lifelong friend, George Leino. David used these skills as a member and trustee for the Warrenton United Methodist Church.

David married and divorced three times. Jill, Anita and Cynthia are the dependable women who had most of the responsibility for raising their three children, David John, Marc Alan (deceased) and Amelia Marie. Brady, Jacob and Lily are David’s grandchildren.

David was reunited with his family of origin, George and Virgina Amoroso. Precious time with “folks who look like and laugh like me!” was warm and fulfilling. David is survived by his brothers Tim, Robert, Rockey and Stephen Amoroso, and extended cousins. His adoptive parents, John and Ruth Maki, and his niece, Alicia Hill Hess, predeceased him. His sister, Jane Maki Hill, and nephew, Jim Hill, reside in Oregon.

“I was given family, friends, 31 years of sobriety, a work life that touched the North and South Poles, and was able to give blood. God loves me. Thanks to all who took care of me. I did my best as long as I could.”

A celebration of life and social time is at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, at Warrenton United Methodist Church on Main Avenue in Warrenton. Memorials to the church are welcome.


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