David Michael Dillard bio

July 15, 1949 – August 17, 2020

David (Dave) Dillard died on August 17 at his home. He was born in Portland, Oregon to Fredrick and Helen Dillard (both deceased), the 3rd child of the family. He grew up in Oregon, attending college at Oregon State University where he met his wife, Janis Dillard. After marrying, Janis and David moved to Salisbury, South Australia, where they taught school and had many adventures. Later, careers for both brought Dave and Janis to the DC area. In 1997, David and Janis divorced but remained close friends.

David started his career in Agriculture in 1974, after being recruited in the Washington state office, following a stint in Alaska working for the Census Bureau. He worked in the USDA Illinois office until being selected to enter a Math-Statistics program in North Carolina in 1980. He worked in the NC Agriculture office while attending NC State University, obtaining a master’s degree in Statistics in 1982. He then transferred to Headquarters in Washington D.C. where he worked until retirement in 2010. Dave delighted his coworkers with his big laugh and kind heart.

After retiring, Dave spent several years tutoring students preparing to take the immigration exam. Later, Dave became a volunteer at St. Mark Catholic School, coaching many young mathematicians in algebra and statistics.

Dave enjoyed many interests, ranging from playing bridge to hiking. He was a generous man, always eager to lend a helping hand. He regularly supported efforts to bring employment and housing to our homeless neighbors through The Lamb Center (Fairfax, VA).

Dave is survived by his sister, Doreen Patricia DeWhitt (Kelso, WA), and many nephews and nieces, most of whom reside in the Oregon and Washington state areas.

If you would like to make a contribution in Dave’s memory, please consider St. Mark Catholic School or The Lamb Center.