David A. Ericksen, 83, of Woodinville, died on May 30, 2019. David was born in 1935 to parents Reidar Ericksen and Ragnhild Nygard Ericksen. He grew up on Bainbridge Island, graduating as a proud member of Bainbridge Island High School class of 1953.
After attending Seattle University for two years, David joined the Army and was stationed in Austria and Italy, entertaining the troops and dignitaries as a trumpet player in the Army band. In 1958, he married the love of his life, Lynnette Samek, at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.
After starting his own construction business, designing and building two homes, David began his employment at King County on the bridge construction and repair crew, eventually working his way up to becoming a residential building inspector. David and Lynnette decided to live in the home David constructed in Woodinville, where they built their life together and raised their three children.
David loved traveling and camping in his Airstream trailer and later in his motorhome, and was an avid fisherman and boater. He filled his summer months with camping trips with friends and family, and fishing trips to Neah Bay and the San Juan Islands.
David had a life-long love of music and was a gifted musician on several instruments. He could play music by ear, replicating a song after hearing it a single time.
After losing his beloved wife to cancer in 1993, David found solace by turning his attention to his talent in woodworking. He was a master craftsman who built a professional-grade wood shop at his home, and he spent his retirement years creating beautiful and functional woodwork pieces.
Survivors include his children Brook Ericksen (and wife Bridgett) of Woodinville, Bruce Ericksen (and partner Theresa) of Poulsbo, Victoria Ericksen (and husband Michael) of Seattle, his grandsons, Gunnar Ericksen and Trey Ericksen, and his sister Susan Ericksen of Poulsbo. While David’s family is deeply saddened to lose this gentle, kind, and generous man, they are comforted by the memories and love they will hold always in their hearts.
Upon his request, no services to be held.
Charitable donations may be made to EvergreenHealth Hospice Care.