David Richard Hendrick, 59, died at his home in Olympia on Feb. 10, 2013. He was born in Omak on August 3, 1953 to Cecil and Trudy Hendrick, and he was raised on an apple orchard on Pogue Flat.
He graduated from Omak High School in 1971 and attended Central Washington University for 3½ years, majoring in chemistry and math. He enjoyed fishing, camping and spending time at Omak Lake at the family cabin. David had a fascination with science, especially chemistry. Even as a young child, he was always concocting something in the kitchen. As a life-long victim of seizure disorder, he became very knowledgeable about medical conditions and treatments in a variety of areas. His first two initials were D.R., and friends often nicknamed him “Dr. Hendrick” when he expounded on his theories about fibromyalgia or mad cow disease.
He married Marsha Epperly in August 1983, and they had their son, Zachary, the following year.
David worked for a short time at the game department and at an oil company doing lab work. He also worked for a time in the field of asbestos removal until his condition prevented further work. He enjoyed volunteering as a handyman at his apartment complex, and he called himself "Mr. Fix It" because he could fix just about anything.
David is survived by his son, Zachary, Elma; mother, Trudy Hendrick, Wenatchee; sisters, Terri (Dave) Bawden, Anacortes and Tauni (Tim) Hink, Cashmere; brother, Robert (Susan), Orcas; five nieces; two nephews; two great-nieces; and two great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Cecil Hendrick.
Arrangements are under the care of American Cremation and Casket Alliance. There will be no funeral services, but the family will plan a private memorial next summer.
Donations in his honor may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation or a charity of choice.