David Victor Myton
David Victor Myton, age 81, of Dundee, Oregon, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 25, 2018, surrounded by family members in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. David was a godly man of integrity, wisdom, and humility. He saw great value in every person he met and had a rare gift for making people feel important and loved.
David was born on March 28, 1936 in Canton, Ohio to the late William M. and Francis (Gross) Myton. He later moved to a farm in Beloit, Ohio where he lived for most of his childhood. He graduated from West Branch High School and went on to earn Bachelor's Degrees from Youngstown State University and Malone College. He taught junior high school in Lisbon, Ohio. He later earned a master of education from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University. In 1966, he moved to Newberg, Oregon, where he worked for 10 years as a professor of education and served as chair of the Division of Education at George Fox College. In 1976, Dr. Myton went to work for the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. He served on the Commission for 25 years and retired as the Executive Director in 2002. During this time, he also served as a member of the George Fox Board of Trustees. After retiring from the TSPC, he returned to George Fox University as their first Dean of the School of Education. Dr. Myton retired from George Fox University in 2007.
While attending Malone College, David married his high school and college sweetheart, Mary Laura Stanley, on June 17, 1956. David was a recorded Friends Church minister in both the Ohio Yearly Meeting and the Northwest Yearly Meeting. He served as pastor in East Lewistown Friends Church and Springfield Friends Church in Ohio. With his move to Oregon in 1966, David began a long affiliation with the Newberg area Friends Churches of Northwest Yearly Meeting. David frequently served as a visiting pastor within the Northwest Yearly Meeting.
David was a gifted hobby photographer and developed his own pictures. His father was a mechanic and passed on those skills to David. These mechanical skills served him well as he spent many evenings or weekends repairing his own or other people's vehicles. David loved horses, and when he and Mary settled in Oregon, he always kept a horse or two in the barn of his "gentleman's farm." He especially loved horse camping and trail riding. David and his wife enjoyed camping and traveling together.
David is survived by his beloved wife: Mary L. (Stanley) Myton; his children: David M. Myton (Mary E.); M. Beth Myton; Becky S. (Lawrence) Caruso; his grandsons: Benjamin (Amanda) Myton and Nathanael Myton; his great-granddaughter: Betsy Myton; and his sister: Catherine Myton. David was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Jane Myton.
Memorial services to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to Hospice of the EUP.
Arrangements are being handled by C.S. Mulder Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Condolences may be left online at www.csmulder.com