David Alan Ward died unexpectedly on May 5, 2021 at the age of 32. He was born March 11, 1989 and raised in Portland, Oregon; but spent 7 wonderful years creating life-long friendships in Seattle. David attended Alameda Elementary (Portland), Catherine Blaine Elementary (Seattle), and U.S. Grant High School (Portland). Growing up David was active in sports playing soccer, baseball, and basketball. His furthest adventure was a vacation to Denmark and Sweden with his family at the age of ten. As a young man David was photographed and put on a stock photography website. A regular staple of his adolescence included finding his photo in prominent places such as Knott’s Berry Farm, school text books, a national Walmart campaign, Disney headphones, the cover of a Star Wars book, among others. Charisma and emotional intelligence were David’s super powers. Everywhere David went he knew how to make friends and put people at ease. Through his adult years he became an integral part in supporting, growing, and celebrating his friends who were business owners. In recent years, he discovered and began mastering his cooking skills with plans of opening a food cart. The role David took most seriously was being an uncle. David showed up for his nieces in ways that will impact them for the rest of their lives. David is survived by his parents Gary and Joan Ward, his sister Veronica Hanson, brother-in-law Bret Hanson and his nieces Jefri and Charleigh Hanson. A celebration of life is scheduled rain or shine, socially distanced outdoors, for 12:00pm noon Thursday May 20th at the Rose Garden Amphitheater at Washington Park in Portland, OR. In lieu of flowers please direct donations in memory of David Ward to the OHSU Foundation, to which we owe enormous thanks to for covering medical expenses incurred during David’s near fatal car accident in 2012.