David Sander Schaub | Obituary
David Sander Schaub
April 19, 1949 – April 23, 2021
David Sander Schaub, was born in Walla Walla, April 14, 1949, to Neil Fletcher Schaub and Elverta Conrad Schaub. He attended Paine Elementary School, Garrison High School, and Walla Walla High School, where he graduated in 1967.
He was active in the Cub Scouts, played baseball and football, and fought for Wa-Hi. He worked in harvesting for local farmers to pass through Washington State University, graduating with a microbiology degree in 1971. In 1972, he married a classmate of Garrison and Wa-Hi, Linda Hansens . After completing their studies at WSU, he entered the University of Montana, and obtained a degree in wildlife biology in 1975. They returned to Walla Walla and in the fall of 1975 he was hired by the Walla Walla Police Department, where he worked. for the next 25 years. He held many roles and was the kind of officer who could give a ticket and receive a letter congratulating him on the way he did it. He was also the hostage negotiator who could get a frightened and angry teenager out of a gun.
In 1976, David Lin Schaub was born, followed in 1978 by Kristina Yvonne and in 1980 by Katrina Sander. When the three children acquired horses, he spent 9 months working full time both as a police officer and as a student in the WWCC Farrier Program.
For many years, family activities have focused on 4-H and FFA, not only with horses but also rabbits, sheep, pigs and dairy cows. Finally, two daughters of Wagonettes were added to the list of his responsibilities. David was the father who could milk a cow on prom night, tighten a horseshoe in an emergency, or carry a Wagonette out of the arena if needed. Although he initially seemed reserved and a bit stern, the kids quickly saw the strong, gentle man below.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He served the Walla Walla Presbyterian Church as an elder and a member of the pastoral research committee. He was active in the Blue Mountain Shrine Club, ELKS, Hi-Steppers Square Dance Club, and played an average game of pinochle. He also liked daddy’s puns and jokes, the worse the better. He loved to hunt and for many years he and his daughter Kris had an annual elk hunt. A staple for this was a bag of Oreos and a gallon of milk. He transported Katrina to numerous parades while serving at the Pioneer Posse Court and went deer hunting with Katrina, David Lin, and his wife Jennifer. He adored his children and their spouses and was delighted with the arrival of six grandchildren. Many took their first horse ride in Grandfather’s arms.
After being injured and withdrawn from the police service, he drove a school bus for several years. In 2009 and 2010, he was diagnosed with several medical issues. Over the next 11 years, he would fight to regain his health after every setback. He was an inspiration to many as he never gave up and grew even stronger in his Christian faith, saying only that there were many people in a worse situation than him. David passed away peacefully on April 23, 2021.
He is survived by Linda, his beloved wife of 48 years; son, David Lin Schaub (Jennifer); daughters, Kris Duncan (Billy) and Katrina Schaub (Brent Kyser); grandchildren, Isaiah and Violet Schaub, Billy and Molly Duncan, Gavin Kyser-Schaub and Mason Kyser; sister, Neiola Duffy (Ted); and his brother, Mike Schaub; brothers-in-law, Glen and John Hansens; sisters-in-law, Helen, Donna and Karen Hansens; and a host of friends and extended family.
The family would like to thank the members of the Presbyterian Church of Walla Walla for their constant support in prayer and love, the staff of the PSMMC for the wonderful care he received during his many hospitalizations, Dr. Joanna Perez for his constant attention to his health concerns, the Walla Walla Fire Department for their rescue missions over the past few years, and in particular Trudy Strobel, his beloved caregiver for many years.
Memorial services will be held at the Presbyterian Church of Walla Walla on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Albert Gillin officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to the Walla Walla Presbyterian Church or the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Spokane.