David Paul Woodall, Sr. | Obituaries

On Monday, March 7, 2022, David Paul Woodall Sr. of Friday Harbor, Washington, loving husband, and father, passed away of natural causes, peacefully at home at the age of 99.

David entered this world on Oct. 24, 1922, born in Adams, NY. During WWII he interrupted his college education to serve with the Marines as a Lieutenant during the invasion and occupation of Japan and was later called back to service during the Korean conflict. He married Dorothy Lewis of Arlington, Mass, and they raised two sons, David Jr. and William.

After receiving a degree from Syracuse University, David began his career as a teacher, ultimately moving into the field of textbook publishing, first with McMillan and then as an executive with Silver Burdett. His work involved frequent travel and interaction with school staff members with special attention to the ‘Salmon school,’ which allowed him time to pursue one of his favorite passions — fishing.

In 1973, David married the love of his life, Penelope “Penny” Anne Crosby. David and Penny purchased a home in Friday Harbor, WA which David renovated himself, being a skilled handyman. Together with Penny, David continued his passion for fishing, hunting, and traveling, making multiple trips to Europe, the American west, and New Zealand, and ultimately creating a second home in Gustavus, Alaska.

David was preceded in death by his sisters Barbara, Betty, and Ruth, brother Bill, and son David Jr. He is survived by his wife Penny, his son William, grandchildren Mark Andrew Woodall (Anisa), and Lindsay Anne Woodall Kemp (Matt), as well as four great-grandchildren, Connor David Kemp, Riley Kemp, Idin Woodall, and Nur Woodall. No memorial will be held.