Dave Himebaugh

Resident Roll Call — Dave Himebaugh

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As a native of SoCal, it makes sense that Dave Himebaugh would become a Laker.

Only in this case, the allegiance has nothing to do with the NBA team based in Los Angeles. Dave and his wife Debbie have been Liberty Lakers since moving here from Southern California in 1990.

Since then, Himebaugh has grown accustomed to the stark contrast in winter weather and devoted himself to a variety of community causes. He has volunteered with Friends of Pavillion Park (FOPP) since 2003 and been a past president of the entity that oversees the Summer Festival and other civic programming.

“From fundraising to event planning of the movies and concert series, Dave’s leadership with Friends of Pavillion Park has made a difference,” said Liberty Lake Mayor Steve Peterson.

Himebaugh brought his insight and experience to the city’s Parks and Arts Commission when he became an inaugural member after the advisory group was formed in early 2018 to provide the community with direction on greenspace, recreation and community art. He has been serving as the vice chair.

“Dave was an easy choice to put on the Parks and Arts Commission,” Peterson said. “His knowledge of community, his involvement with all aspects of FOPP, his appreciation of the value of public art in public places and a great financial grasp to pull it all together have been outstanding. He is recognized as a true leader with the commission.”

Some people know Himebaugh as a third degree Black Belt who serves as owner and lead instructor of Northwest Taekwondo Academy based at the HUB Sports Center in Liberty Lake. He has also been a longtime HUB board member.

An avid Gonzaga men’s basketball fan, Himebaugh is a season ticket holder and can rattle off the latest Zags’ recruits as well as much of the program’s history. When FOPP would host its annual Holiday Ball fundraiser at the historic Davenport Hotel, Himebaugh could be counted on to donate a basketball signed by the team along with tickets to games at The Kennel.

Dave and Debbie are proud parents of five kids, all graduates of Central Valley High School. The couple enjoys boating on Lake Coeur d’ Alene in their spare time.

Himebaugh has a degree from Cal State-Long Beach University in Business Administration and Finance. A seasoned financial advisor, Himebaugh has worked for Shearson Lehman Brothers and Paine Webber and is currently a senior vice president with Robert W. Baird & Co.

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Craig Howard began his writing career in grade school as the author of a retrospective on the 1978-79 NBA Champion Seattle SuperSonics. Since earning a degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon, Craig has written professionally since 1997 and worked for newspapers like the Goldendale Sentinel, Spokane Valley News Herald, Liberty Lake Splash and Greater Spokane Valley Current. He has also been a contributing writer for the Seattle Times and Northwest Runner magazine and had editorial cartoons published by the Spokesman-Review. He has covered the Liberty Lake community since 2002. In 2004, Craig received the Exemplary Media Award from the Washington Department of Social and Health Services. He has served as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Spokane County Juvenile Court. Craig is a devoted fan of the Zags, Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs. Above all, he enjoys spending time with his three kids, teaching them the finer points of Wiffle Ball.

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