Oregon wrestling figure David Nugent passes

David Nugent, who spent a long and rewarding life in the state of Oregon -- much of it involved in multiple activities, including the sport of wrestling -- passed away peacefully on June 13, 2020 at his home with his family, five months after being diagnosed with cancer.

According to his obituary in The Olympian newspaper this weekend, David Nugent moved with his family to Lebanon, Oregon at age four. As a young child, he suffered rheumatic fever and was bedridden for months. With the support of his parents, Young Dave more than made up for this early setback, which inspired him to put his all into everything he found interesting, which, in the words of his cousin Jeff Millennor, including harvesting strawberries, playing trumpet, and competing in wrestling throughout high school and college. "Something I always found deeply reassuring about Dave was his consistency. He didn't wander from his personal center of friends."

Dave started his work life early, as a field worker harvesting strawberries until he transitioned to working for his uncle's meat plant in his teens. He played trumpet, competed in wrestling throughout high school and college, and dedicated time to helping his family. He graduated from Lebanon High School in 1962 and took manufacturing jobs to pay for his undergraduate education at Oregon State University. He also served in the National Guard from 1964-65. Taking a break from college, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army from 1966-70, stationed primarily in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

In December 1966, Dave married Linda Helen Clinton at Grace Lutheran Church in Corvallis, Oregon. During their 23-year marriage, they had two daughters and a son. In 1972, Dave graduated from OSU with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and in 1974 he graduated with a Master of Business Administration from Portland State University. In 1977, after working several years as a financial controller in Oregon, Dave moved to Thurston County, Washington, where he was employed by various businesses in the Puget Sound area, including serving as the Vice President of Finance for Baden Sports. In 1996, Dave met his life partner, Linda Carlisle, and they blended their personal and professional lives until Dave's death. In 2000, Dave and Linda launched a private mortgage brokerage company called Mortgage Services, Inc. They also refurbished and managed or sold several investment properties. In the final years before his retirement in March 2020, Dave worked as a senior loan officer with Homestreet Bank, helping thousands of families and individuals finance their dreams.

Starting in the late 1970s, Dave joined the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Olympia. There he participated as a youth group sponsor, church finance committee member, and Assistant Scoutmaster of the church's Boy Scout Troop 266. He is fondly remembered from those years as a mentor and role model by hundreds of youth in the community.

In his final act of community service, Dave donated his body to the University of Washington Medical School to be used for scientific research.

The family will hold a memorial service in the Olympia area at a time when pandemic response protocols allow for larger gatherings. Please email if you would like to be notified when that event has been scheduled. Memorial gifts may be made to University of Washington Medical School, the Capitol Land Trust in Thurston County, or another reputable charitable organization.


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