Dave Wilson of Wauconda, Wash., died Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at the exact age of 60 at Mid-Valley Hospital in Omak, after he endured what was presumed to be a pulmonary embolism.
After receiving an associate’s degree in forestry in 1974, Dave journeyed by thumb cross-country from where he was born and raised on Long Island, N.Y. to Forks, Wash., where he was employed at the Soleduck Ranger District on a fire crew on the Olympic National Forest.
He met his wife, Linda, in 1976, who also worked for the Forest Service, and they moved to the Twisp area in 1979 working on fire crews for the Okanogan National Forest. In 1980, they moved to an untamed piece of land in Wauconda and proceeded to build their own house by milling the logs off of their land. Both Dave and Linda were employed at the Republic Ranger District on the Colville National Forest in which Dave retired from in 2004. After retirement, he continued to work in the summers for a Washington Incident Management Team fighting wildland fires.
Dave enjoyed coaching his daughters in softball and basketball and later on coaching basketball for Republic High School and Republic Jr. High. He was a talented musician as well as a skilled woodworker and craftsman. Dave also loved the outdoors, spending time fishing, kayaking, skiing, hiking, camping, and entertaining his energetic grandsons.
Dave is survived by his wife, Linda; two daughters, Lucy Reeves and Sally Bishop and their spouses; his mother, Barbara Wilson; his brother, Mark Wilson; his sister, Nancy Wilson; and two grandsons. He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Wilson, who passed away in 1993.
A memorial celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, 2013, at the Swan Lake Picnic Shelter. Family and friends are invited to a potluck to share photos, memories, and stories to commemorate Dave’s life.
Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel and the Okanogan County Crematory, LLC are in care of the arrangements.