Assignment Record – Rev. David George King, s.j.

Summary of Case: David George King was ordained a Jesuit of the Oregon Province in 1949. He spent his career as an educator in Jesuit high schools in Washington state and Oregon. He died in 2002. King was accused in a 2004 lawsuit of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy in the early 1950s in Yakima, WA. The boy was said to have been a student at the high school to which King was assigned. The lawsuit was dismissed in 2006 due to "lack of activity".

: 1949
Died: July 31, 2002


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes


Seattle archbishop was Gerald Shaughnessy, s.m. (1933-1950).

1949 Marquette High School for Boys


• In a November 2004 lawsuit a 66-year-old man accused King of sexually abusing him when the man was a 13-year-old student at Marquette High. The suit was dismissed in September 2006 for "lack of activity".


King worked at Marquette High when he was a Jesuit Scholastic. He was ordained in 1949.

Marquette High had 110-225 students.


San Francisco archbishop was John Joseph Mitty (1935-1961).

1950 Alma College Alma CA fourth year theology student  


Seattle archbishop was Thomas Arthur Connolly (1950-1975).

The Yakima diocese was established July 5, 1951. Its bishop was Joseph Patrick Dougherty (1951-1969).

1952 Marquette High School for Boys Yakima WA   Marquette High School had 272-275 students.


Seattle archdiocese.

1953 Manresa Hall Port Townsend WA Jesuit tertianship  


Yakima diocese.

1955 Marquette High School for Boys Yakima WA   Marquette High School had 212-203 students.


Seattle archdiocese.

1962 Seattle Prep. High School Seattle WA   Seattle Prep. had 428-468 students, all male.


Portland archbishop Edward Daniel Howard (1926-1966).

1963 Novitiate of St. Francis Xavier Sheridan OR    


Seattle archdiocese.

1965 Bellarmine High School Tacoma WA   Bellarmine High had 366-412 students, all male.


Robert Joseph Dwyer succeeded Howard as Portland archbishop (1966-1974). Dwyer was followed by Cornelius Michael Power (1974-1986), who was replaced by William Joseph Levada. (1986-1995).

1993 Jesuit High School Portland OR faculty 1965-1989; assistant faculty 1989-1990; In res. 1990-1993 Jesuit High School had 439-592 students, all male.


Levada was succeeded as Portland archbishop by Francis Eugene George, O.M.I. (1996-1997).

1997 Jesuit Provincial Office Portland OR   no address or location given


John George Vlazny replaced George (1997-2013.)

2002 Colombiere Jesuit Community Portland OR   King died July 31, 2002.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1944-2004)

1918–2002, Fr. David G. King, S.J., nwjesuitsorg, Fall, 2002
Troubled Image — Yakima Diocese Wrestles with Allegations, By Jane Gargas, Yakima Herald-Republic, May 4, 2006
Suit Naming Deceased Priest Is Dismissed, Yakima Herald-Republic, September 19, 2006
Lawsuits against Yakima Diocese Still Pending, By Jane Gargas, Yakima Herald-Republic, July 4, 2010
SNAP: Release "Secret Archives" of Abusing Priests, By Jane Gargas, Yakima Herald-Republic , October 21, 2011

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This assignment record was last updated on December 12, 2019.