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David Matthew Zagel

Posted: Tuesday, May 14th, 2013


David Matthew Zagel


David Matthew Zagel passed away on May 8th, 2013 in Portland, Oregon. He was 47 years old.

David was born on July 24, 1965 in Sidney, Montana to Ronald (Pete) Zagel and Ruth Zagel of Newport, Oregon. He graduated Valedictorian Newport High School in 1983 and after that he attended Willamette University in Salem, Oregon; attended University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany and graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Architecture (second in his class) 1988.

David had many accomplishments throughout his life; he won the Bill Naito Rail and Transit Advocate Award in 1998. From 1997-2006 he was the Project Planner for TriMet in Portland, Oregon and from 2006 until his death, he was the Senior Transportation Planner for URS Corporation. David also held the seat of President, Vice President and Director of AORTA(Association of Oregon Rail and Transit Advocates). He was actively involved with Basic Rights of Oregon and was a member of the University of Oregon Alumni Association.

David was passionate about Duck football, rail transportation and equal rights for all people. David loved to travel around the United States and had traveled to Germany, France, Spain and other European countries.

David is survived by his mother, Ruth Zagel of Newport, Oregon; brothers, Jim Zagel and his wife Paula of Brighton, Colorado and Jon Zagel and his wife Darla of Newport, Oregon.

David was preceded in death by his father, Pete Zagel of Newport, Oregon and brother, Mark Zagel of Anaconda, Montana.

Two memorial services will be held for David: May 18, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the Atonement Lutheran Church in Newport, Oregon, 2315 N. Coast Hwy. A Celebration of Life on May 25, 2013 at 5 p.m. in Portland, Oregon; location to be determined.

A memorial Facebook page has been created for David. “David Matthew Zagel Memorial Page”

Memorial donations may be made to: Basic Rights Oregon at www.basicrights.org or Association of Oregon Rail and Transit Advocates at www.aortarail.org

Bateman’s Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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