David Spurgeon dies; collector and giver to island causes | Passages

David Lee Spurgeon rode in his 'Little Squirt' tugboat in the Friday Harbor Fourth of July parade in 2007.

David Lee Spurgeon of San Juan Island died May 13 of complications from a chronic respiratory condition, the San Juan Island Yacht Club announced Thursday.

Spurgeon’s wife, Mary Ann, was at his side. “She is requesting no calls for a while. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers,” the club announced in an e-mail.

Spurgeon was a noted collector and giver to island causes. His custom-built, three-quarter scale functioning diesel 18-wheel truck (the “Betterbuilt”) was a fixture at the annual Concours d’ Elegance, an annual fund-raiser for the Inter Island Medical Center Guild.

“This was one of the most fun-loving, generous and creative persons I have ever known,” Journal columnist Howard Schonberger said. “What a loss.”

More details will be published when received.