David P. Osborn

We lost another long time member of the Easterday Construction family last week. Dave Osborn was a carpenter at Easterday Construction for decades. As a Merit Shop company, we ask our employees to have many skills and Dave was no exception. Along with Carpentry, he helped as a Cement Mason, Steel Erector, Welder and occasional Mechanic. Dave was a hard worker and never turned down a request.

You could count on Dave to be there giving it his all when there was a concrete pour, sweating through his sleeveless T-shirt and wringing sweat out of his red, white & blue sweat band as he jeered younger workers because, “You can’t keep up with this old man???” Well, except when there was no one around but the crew, that would be enhanced with a string of choice expletives! He was always careful to be sure no one outside the crew around before he cut loose. He was always a gentleman around women and our clients. For example, after building a custom home for the Falender family, Steve Falender wrote us a very nice letter. This is a paragraph excerpt that specifically referenced Dave:

“During framing, I decided the wall between the living room and the kitchen, as built and designed, was 5 inches too long. I asked Dave how difficult it would be to move it. His response was: ‘We’re here to do whatever you want.’ I can’t remember a single time when any of your employees or subs complained about a change.”

Dave was a farmer even while working full time in construction. As a typical farmer, he never had a good year and there was always too much rain or not nearly enough. He maintained a vegetable garden as well and was always bringing in vegetables to share with his fellow workers. Even after his retirement, he would stop by to share his bounty. We could always count on sweet corn, tomatoes or squash at least once during the summer season.

All of us at Easterday Construction have fond memories of Dave. He will be sorely missed.

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