David McBride Anderson | Passages

Aug. 27, 1940 – Nov. 5, 2023

David McBride Anderson passed away peacefully on Nov. 5 in Anacortes Washington. Born August 27, 1940 in Seattle to Richard Hannaford Anderson and Elizabeth Heitman Anderson, he spent his childhood growing up on Mercer Island along with his four siblings, graduating from Mercer Island High School in 1960.

Following graduation, he attended Olympic Junior College in Bremerton before moving to California to attend Cal State Long Beach. While in Long Beach, he enlisted in the US Army hoping to work as a draftsman. He was sent to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas for basic training and then on to Vietnam in 1966. He served his country for one year on a patrol boat in the Mekong Delta, receiving a Bronze Star Medal.

David resettled in Long Beach upon returning home, where he studied painting and sculpture and completed his degree in architectural drafting while also working for Standard Oil. In the early 1970s, he returned home to Seattle before moving to Bellingham to work for an architectural firm. In the late 1970s, David moved to San Juan Island, building a home repurposed from a historic Roche Harbor cottage. He continued work as a draftsman for Trogdon Architects on Orcas Island for several years, commuting by ferry. David loved the island, where he enjoyed fishing and crabbing and could be seen mowing his fields during the summer months.

As his health became compromised, he moved to the Village at the Harbor in Friday Harbor, where he was well cared for by a wonderful staff.

David is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Susan Harris and his brother Jeremy Anderson. He leaves behind his brother Richard Anderson on San Juan Island and his younger sister, Liz Little (John) of Spokane, and numerous nieces and nephews who fondly remember him as Uncle Fugs.

A gathering for family and friends will be held this coming summer.

Rest in Peace, David.