CORVALLIS - On Sunday, June 15, 2008, David Dedmon embraced heaven with the same passion he embraced life. He died on the river doing the thing he loved.
He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 33 years, Sharon Dedmon. He leaves behind his father, Donald A. Dedmon; and surviving siblings, Kathy (Jeff) Ohler, Donald W. (Angie) Dedmon, Mark (Ti) Dedmon and Judy Greenwood Dedmon (Gary Dell); and nieces and nephews, James Ohler, Eric Ohler, Sidney Dedmon, Kate Dedmon, Carolina Dedmon and Kyle Dedmon. There are many aunts, uncles and in-laws.
Dave was preceded in death by mother, Nancy; sister, Sheri; and faithful companion, Rocky.
Dave was born to Nancy Lou and Donald A. Dedmon on Aug. 17, 1954, in Cleveland.
He honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1972 to 1975, and thereafter served the public in law enforcement in Carroll County, Md. Dave later served as a law enforcement officer in Ravalli County for 10 years, through 1999. He went on to create the Montana Fly Water Co. as a fly-fishing outfitter and guide, turning a passionate hobby into a career that offered so much to so many.
Dave had a special, unforgettable gleam in his eyes and radiated a joyful, playful spirit that his friends recognize as otterlike. He shared with others his joy, enthusiasm and love for the river, where the otters live and where Dave's spirit will remain forever.
Gone is his dynamic personality. Gone is his passion for the valley and river. Gone is the principled person and selfless friend. Gone is the devoted husband, brother, son, nephew.
What remains are our treasured memories of a man who left each of us a better person for having known him. We love him and will miss him always.
A gift from your hearts in Dave's memory would be well received at the following organizations that meant so much to him: Teller Wildlife Refuge (specify Teller's Conservation Education Program) P.O. Box 548, Corvallis, MT 59828; or the Bitter Root Humane Association (specify Veterinary Emergency Fund) P.O. Box 57, Hamilton, MT 59840
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at the Assembly of God Church, 601 W. Main St., Hamilton, with military honors presented by the Hamilton American Legion and the Marine Corps League Bitterroot Detachment. A reception will follow at the church.
Arrangements are under the care of the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton.
As Dave would say, "So quit wishing and go fishing. Hope to see you out there!"