Dave Hall died peacefully at his Friday Harbor home Tuesday, March 7, 2017, after waging a three-year battle with cancer. He lived a life of devotion to his work, honor to his God and country, and love for his family and friends.
In 1957, he was born in Los Angeles and he grew up in southern California, attending San Marino High School and Pasadena City College. Dave met Nadine in summer of 1980. They married in 1982 and before long became a family with three delightful children; Jake, Jessie and Katie. Dave and Nadine moved to the San Juans in 1993 and became a fixture in the community. Their family has grown to include Jake and Relissa Hall with two grandchildren; Elijah and Harmony; Jessie and Ian Joujan with five grandchildren: Theresa, Gwen, Faith, Maureen, and David; and Katie Hall and Cory Parsons. Dave was a very loving husband, father and grandfather and a best friend to many.
His deep faith in God gave him the strength he needed during his fight with cancer and during his final days. Dave was at peace with his God and with going home to heaven. He and Nadine created a God-loving home for their children and grandchildren. He supported many local non-profits and benefits for islanders in past years. In summer of 2015, the community came together in a benefit for Dave that was attended by over 400 people. His family is forever grateful for the kindness shown.
Dave started his career at age 18 with City Mirror and Glass in San Gabriel, California. After many years of managing residential and commercial glass and glazing businesses, Dave and Nadine stepped out in faith and opened Island Glass Service in 1998 on San Juan Island. Through long hours of hard work, honesty and perseverance, Dave created a reputable window and door business that proudly served his community and provided jobs for locals. His son Jake is now carrying on the family business.
He enjoyed mountain biking, skiing, cooking, camping, fishing, barbecuing, entertaining, music, motorcycles, motor homing, quiet walks, his dogs, his friends, playing cards, and his delightful grandchildren. Dave was talented in designing, creating and building. He made improvements to his home that were labors of love. He assisted his family and friends with home improvements as well. Talented and kind hearted, Dave was always there for others.
The family wishes to express deep, heartfelt gratitude for all of you who helped Dave and Nadine during the period of his illness which included meal preparations, visits, healthcare, moral support, and end-of-life care. You are wonderful and made a difference. Dave’s favorite toast was “Here’s to today and all that it brought us, and here’s to tomorrow…for the hope and the promise that it offers us.” This has been said at meal times and gatherings ever since they first learned he had cancer to help keep their focus on the here and now, one day at a time. Dave always said “there were no bad days, just hard days to learn from.”
Everyone who knew Dave is invited to attend the Potluck Lunch and Celebration of Life at the Mullis Senior Center on Saturday, April 22, beginning at noon and followed by presentations at 1 p.m. Guests are encouraged to speak briefly at the event about how Dave was special to them.
In lieu of flowers, please consider monetary gifts to the Dave Hall Medical Fund at Wells Fargo Bank in Friday Harbor. The organizers are asking for volunteer help at the event. To sign up please visit www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044caaa82ba0fb6-dave1. If you would like to contribute potluck items please sign up at www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044caaa82ba0fb6-celebration. On behalf of the family, thank you.