David Strickland

David Lloyd Strickland

August 5, 1942 — October 5, 2014

David Lloyd Strickland passed away on Oct. 5, 2014 in Naples, Fla. He was 72.

David was born in West Covina, Calif., on Aug. 5, 1942 to O.E. (Butch) and Lucille Prist Strickland. He grew up with his brother and sister.

In addition to being a wonderful storyteller, he was a researcher, scientist and boat captain. David studied marine biology at University of California at Davis.

After graduate school he spent a year in Malaysia chasing the elusive white rhinoceros. He never saw one, but the year was not wasted as he learned to enjoy and cook Malaysian food, something he remained passionate about.

David came to San Juan Island in 1968 to study at the Friday Harbor Laboratories of the University of Washington before moving to the island permanently in 1970. He worked for several years operating the M/V Malka, and doing research for the UW School of Fisheries.

He went on to work for many years running the M/V Nordland for San Juan Ferry & Barge. David’s love for the islands ran deep and raising his children there was the highlight of his life. David moved to Naples, Fla. in 1994, where he continued to work on the water.

David is survived by his wife Dana, daughter Amanda, son Chance (wife Anna), stepdaughter Shana, stepson Shon; grandchildren Porter, Harper, Max, Dexter, Raevin and Alani; brother Jeff and sister Diane, his extended family, and his former loves Joy Williams, Pam Murray and Ellen Strickland.

David had many friends he considered to be his family, all of whom will miss him dearly.

At his request, no service will be held. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Friday Harbor Labs.


“The cure for anything is saltwater: sweat, tears or the ocean.” — Isak Dinesen

— Family of David Strickland