NE Oregon Arts

Dave Berkey

A Gathering Place for the Arts in Wallowa County

Dave and his wife Sybil throughout their marriage yearned for a rural lifestyle.  They discovered the Wallowa Valley in the early 1980s.  Years of vacationing in this area established friendships and ultimately resulted in the 2005 purchase of a house in Joseph, which became a part time residence.  Family and business kept Dave and Sybil primarily tied to Kirkland Washington until recently. In Kirkland Dave volunteered as a little league coach, served as president of the local Lion’s Club, and was recently a board member on the Lake Washington Institute of Technology Foundation.  Dave’s legal career included criminal defense, family law, municipal law, estate planning and probate.  Dave and his long-time law partner sold their practice in 2018 and Dave is currently acting as a consultant to the new owner.  He hopes to be fully retired by early 2019.

Dave and Sybil love this area on many levels—the physical landscape, wildlife, wonderful residents and friendships are integral parts of the Berkey family lifestyle.  They enjoy long visits with their son, daughter-in-law and two granddaughters.  Dave personally likes to work hard on building and landscaping projects, carpentry, automobile maintenance and repairs, hiking, dragon boat paddling, reading Native American history, economics and science fiction, studying music, and playing electric blues guitar.  The Berkeys are also members of the Baha’i Faith and very much enjoy the local Baha’i community.