David Glae Gould

December 16, 1942 ~ January 1, 2024 (age 81) 81 Years Old

David Gould Obituary

David Glae Gould

December 16, 1942 – January 1, 2024

David Glae Gould passed away at his home in North Bend, Oregon due to a fall. David was born December 16, 1942, in North Bend, Oregon and had just celebrated his 81st birthday with dinner and cake with family. At his request, no services will be held. Private cremation rites were held at Ocean View Memory Gardens in Coos Bay.

Dave’s parents were Glae Clarence Gould and Evelyn Lucille Weaver, both local families who grew up in the Allegany area. Glae’s grandparents moved from Santa Clara, CA with a young family, settled temporarily along the south side of the Umpqua River between Scottsburg and Elkton, and moved onto a homestead at the ranch they named Elkhorn, on the upper reaches of the West Fork of the Millicoma River. Glae’s father was four years old when his family moved into Elkhorn in 1886.

David grew up with stories from his grandfather, Clarence, about living at the ranch. After all nine siblings were out on their own, George and Hattie Gould sold the ranch, and it was occupied by renters until the late 1930’s. In the 1950’s, Glae bought the ranch back into the family, and five acres is still owned by descendants of the Gould family.

David started working with his father in the Gyppo logging business by the time he was a teenager, setting chokers and learning to run heavy equipment. Glae and his brother Earl formed Coos Bay Timber Operators in 1946 after both were furloughed from the service.

Dave attended North Bend Schools, graduating from North Bend High School, class of 1961. He was a three –sport athlete, receiving the Bryant Cup as the outstanding athlete and was chosen to play in the Shriners’ All Star game, until he broke his ankle while logging that summer.

Dave was able to fulfill a goal he had set in high school, which was to attend Oregon State University and play football under Tommy Prothro. He played Freshman ball, and red-shirted his sophomore season. That year he was part of the “taxi” team that ran the defenses of the upcoming games. He stepped on Terry Baker’s toes many times that year, and OSU played in the Liberty Bowl winning 6-0 on an icy field. Baker won the Heisman Trophy. Dave continued to play the next three years, and played in the January 1, 1965 Rose Bowl game. Dave graduated in 1966 with a B.S. in Natural Resources and a minor in Geology.

In 1964 Dave married Donna Bartels, from Coos Bay. They had met at OSU. Dave was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and was inducted into the University Geography honorary.

Dave and Donna returned to North Bend, where Dave worked in the company his father had started. He ran the quarrying operation and learned to operate “big yellow equipment” to pioneer roads.

Later, Dave was inducted into North Bend Hall of Fame, The Oregon State University Hall of Fame for being a member of both the Liberty Bowl and Rose Bowl Teams, and in 2002 the Liberty Bowl Team was inducted into the State of Oregon Athletic Writers Hall of Fame.

Dave is survived by his wife, Donna Gould; his children and spouse, Brian and Molly Gould, and Kristine Al-Rashidi; his grandchildren, Omar and Khaled Al-Rashidi, and Chelsea and Bridget Gould; his sister, Carolyn Pinkham; and his Brother-in-law and family, Dr. Jan E. Bartels , as well as a large extended family of first, second and third cousins.

Dave is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Norman.

Dave’s work and family always came first in his life and since retiring from operating equipment, he had attended a grandparent’s share of band and vocal concerts, various sporting events, pizza dinners and picnics. He made many friends during his career in the logging, rock,  and road building.

A private family gathering will be held at a later date. The family suggests that Memorial Contributions be made to the North Bend Community Scholarship Fund, in care of North Bend High School, 2323 Pacific Avenue, North Bend, Oregon 97459. Friends and family are encouraged to sign the online guestbook at and Arrangements are under the care of North Bend Chapel, 541-756-0440.

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