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David Fox

David Fox

David Alan Fox was born May 17, 1944 in Littleton, New Hampshire. He was the younger of two sons born to Fred E. Fox and Gladys Lucille Boll Fox. David started school in Andover, New Hampshire in a 2 room schoolhouse with six grades, three in each room.

The family moved to the West Coast when David was in the 6th grade: first to Bremerton then to Ephrata. He graduated from Ephrata High School then attended Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. After graduating from there, David completed a two-year course in Photography at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, Calif. He met his wife, Mary Willis Fox in Seattle and they married on Orcas Island on April 12, 1975.

They camped out first in a tent, then a small cabin while restoring the Old Homestead house and property. Sheep, goats, chickens and gardening kept them busy in the first few years, meanwhile mixing in work as well.

Things changed in 1982 when they went to Bogota, Columbia and returned with their son, Dustin. Tee Ball, football, soccer, basketball, and endless other activities were added to the routine as they raised their son to manhood.

Mary preceded David in death in December 2002. He and Dustin continued to live on the property and worked as a maintenance man for Orcas School District until he retired in 2006. David was skilled in a variety of crafts having worked as a carpenter and electrician along with his maintenance position.

He is survived by his son, Dustin at home; brother, Jim Fox; nephew Kenneth Fox; and niece, Elizabeth Day of Seattle.  Also brother-in-law, John Willis; sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Marcum, Judy Slater and Dorothy Lundquist; and friend, Marshall Bliss on the family farm.

Another chapter has come to an end on the Woodside Farm and we cherish the memories we shared. Rest in peace “Papa Fox.”

A graveside service was held at Olga Doe Bay Cemetery in Olga.  Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc. and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of David, please sign the online guest register at