David William Orahood

March 9, 1933March 21, 2014

David William Orahood was born on March 9, 1933, in Spokane, Washington to Glendon and Olive Orahood. He grew up in Millwood. He earned his Eagle Scout and graduated from West Valley High School in 1951. He entered the Washington State College ROTC program. While at WSC, he became a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. He married Joanne Hustad on January 1, 1955. Following graduation, he joined the Air Force and while in flight school, he contracted polio. He continued to serve in the Air Force and retired 8 years later. He moved back to Spokane to attend Eastern Washington State College where he received his teaching certificate. He taught math and chemistry at Medical Lake High School for 3 years and at University High School for 30 years. He loved to hunt, fish and build many small wood projects as well as his family cabin. He taught his three daughters to hunt and fish and be independent. He was active in Inland Empire Fly Fishing and volunteered to help youngsters learn to fish. Just this March, he became a life time member of the fly fishing club. He was very respected and loved by all that knew him. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Joanne; daughters, Julie (Darrel) Moss, Lisa (Steve) Woodard, and Linda (Jeff) Uno. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Mike (Jessie) Moss, Sean (Alana) Moss, Laura and Christopher Woodard, Ashley and David Uno; and his great-grandchildren, Nathan, Drew and Mason Moss. Visitation will take place from 6-8pm on Thursday, March 27th at Hazen & Jaeger Valley Funeral Home, 1306 N. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley, WA. Additional visitation will begin at noon on Friday, March 28th at Advent Lutheran Church, 13009 E. Broadway Ave., Spokane Valley, WA. The Funeral Service will begin at 1:00pm following the visitation. Please visit to share your memories with the family. Donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at or Inland Empire Fly Fishing Club – Legacy for introducing young children with fishing trips, PO Box 2926, Spokane, WA 99220-2926.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 27, 2014
  • Visitation Friday, March 28, 2014
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 28, 2014
  • Interment with Military Honors Friday, March 28, 2014

David William Orahood

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March 30, 2014

My condolences to the family.
May the God of all comfort provide you with strength needed to cope with your loss.

Cheryl Miller

March 28, 2014

Dave was an institution at U-High and will be lovingly remembered by all. My prayers and condolences to the family. Remember the good times as he will be in your heart and mind forever!

Harold Elias

March 28, 2014

My sister Ione and I share many things, including sincere regard for David Orahood as a teacher and a man. I feel fortunate to have had him as a teacher at U-High and I extend my condolences to his family. Harold Elias Class of '71

Mike Rooks

March 27, 2014

Mr. Orahood was one of the nicest men I have ever met. He sponsored the Chess Club of which I was the president at U-Hi. He also made John Rumpeltes and me TA's for his chemistry class. He was my favorite teacher, and will be sorely missed. Prayers and condolences from Mike Rooks and family.

Annette Long

March 27, 2014

I am so sorry to hear about Dave. He was such a great person and I know he will be missed. I have great memories of all of you at Cocoalla Lake. I am keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

Ione Elias Clagett

March 27, 2014

Mr. Orahood was a patient, gifted teacher who helped me survive high school chemistry. I was encouraged enough to further tackle the subject in college and graduate school. There are certainly many stories like mine: former students who tried harder, because Mr. Orahood cared.

My condolences to his family and friends.

University High School - Class of 1964

Tia Lesser

March 26, 2014

I have great memories of your dad at the river! I am so sorry for your loss! You are all in my prayers.

McManus Family

March 26, 2014

We send our deepest sympathy to all of Dave's family and friends, he was a wonderful man and he will be truly missed.

Barb Wright

March 26, 2014

As one of the first students Mr. Orahood taught chemistry to at University High School, and, on behalf of the class of 1964, please accept a sincere thank you for his 30+ years as a science teacher. He had unbelievable patience and perseverance as well as a wonderful quick wit. He will be remembered and will be missed. With sincere sympathy...

March 26, 2014

The Washington State Veterans Cemetery extends our deepest sympathies to the family of David W. Orahood for your loss. We honor him for the service and sacrifice he has made for our nation, he is a true hero.