In loving memory of David Hooper: 1939-2022


David Gordon Hooper, MD, peacefully passed away on May 19, 2022, at the age of 82 years old. He resided in Ridgefield, Washington. David is survived by his wife of 45 years, Elizabeth, his daughter Stephanie Stephens, son Jason Jones, five grandchildren and his brothers Gary Hooper and Mark Hooper. 

David was born on July 8, 1939 in Riverside, California. He graduated from Grant High School in 1957 and played football. He was named All- City honorable mention his senior year as a 148-pound center. After high school, David went on to receive his bachelor of science degree from Portland State College (now university) in 1963, and graduated from Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine in 1967 after completing his residency in internal medicine at Emmanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon and residency in epidemiology at the University of Washington. Later, in 1980, David became medically certified at The School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base, in San Antonio, Texas. 

Dr. Hooper began his medical career as a family practice physician at the Sherwood Clinic in Sherwood, Oregon, from 1971 to 1973. In 1973, he moved his family practice to the Tualatin Medical Center in Tualatin, Oregon, where he remained until 1980. That year, David joined the United States military where his medical career spanned across the country. He was originally stationed at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas as a flight surgeon, and was later assigned to Whiteman Air Force Base in Warrensburg, Missouri. He attained the rank of lieutenant colonel. In the late 1980s, he transitioned to the United States Coast Guard where he was a Commander at the Miami Coast Guard Station in Miami, Florida. After several years, David transferred to the United States Public Health Service (Department of Health & Human Services), in Gaithersburg, Maryland, where he would eventually retire as a major in 2003. 

In retirement, David enjoyed spending time around his property where he could always be seen beautifying the grounds, spending time with his wife and best friend, Elizabeth, and walking his much loved dog, Bentley. 

A celebration of life will commence at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2022. If you would like to attend, please email for directions to the family home. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that, if able, please donate to the Alzheimer’s Association at or call 800-272-3900.