Lemley Chapel
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David Bloedel Memorial
David Bloedel Memorial

David Bloedel

David Bloedel

Wednesday, June 15th, 2022

David Stanley Bloedel, age 78, of Burlington, Washington, passed away June 15, 2022, in Mount Vernon, WA.  He was born July 4, 1943, in Tabor, Iowa to Robert Stanley & Ann Alice Bloedel.

David moved to Seattle, WA in 1968 and was married to Seattle artist, Joan Stuart Ross.  He graduated from University of Washington with an Anthropology Bachelor of Arts degree in 1972.  During the 70’s, real estate was inexpensive in Seattle and David invested in it.  Over the years, his main career was as a Journeyman Cabinetmaker.

In the winter of 1996, he met Samantha Suzanne Parrott and then in 1997 they purchased and operated the restaurant “Sammie Sue’s” on Capitol Hill.

After 20 years together, David & Samantha got married and moved to Burlington, WA in 2016. David loved to drive around Skagit County and see the tulips every Spring.

David is survived by his wife, Samantha and his siblings: Bruce, Paul and his wife, Kathy, Roberta, Andrew, Brian and his wife, Rene’.

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  • Mark and Honorine Tepfer

    We got to know David through Joan, and were close friends of theirs in our Seattle days, back in the 70s and 80s. We’re so sorry to hear that he’s gone, we have so many fond memories.

  • Judy Aya Williamson

    Tears fell when I learned of David’s passing. The world lost a truly unique individual. David must now live in my memories that began in 70’s. He was one of my husband Tom’s best friends. They met while both were apprentice cabinetmakers and quickly became friends, having so much in common including their July 4th birthdays. I’ll remember how they shared easy laughter and serious moments as well. Tom’s passing preceded David’s by a year and half and David’s words and expressions at that time comforted me greatly. I truly believe he and Tom are now joyfully reunited – healthy in both body and soul.
    Love, Judy

  • Linda Hitchcock

    Condolences to David’s extended family and friends. There are many fond memories to recall. Joan Stuart Ross was the first person and first friend I met when I moved to Seattle in 1973. I met her then husband David not long after. David was tall, quiet, intelligent and had a lovely sense of humor. I recall one night the three of us drove to the movie theater in Edmonds, WA and watched Satyajit Ray’s entire Apu Trilogy emerging sometime after midnight. I remember making the gravy for a Thanksgiving dinner they hosted for several friends. David was a superb woodworker and for many years, a good friend.

  • Joan Stuart Ross

    David and I were introduced when we were students at the University of Iowa. We decided to come west to see the Pacific Ocean. David’s maternal Grandma, Nettie Patterson, lived in Tacoma, and on Sundays we’d ride the “stage” down Highway 99 to visit her. We had many fun adventures throughout the Northwest and traveling across the USA. David was smart and humorous. I know how much he is missed.

  • Jim Moore

    I knew David many years ago in Iowa City when I was a student. He was a good friend from those days, always sort of mysterious to me, but at the same time available, down to earth, funny, and soulful. Very sorry to hear that he is gone!

  • Theresa

    I only met David a few times through Samantha’s Reiki community. His calm and accepting presence always came across at those moments. May you rest in peace David. Condolences and sympathy to Sam and to both families.

  • Eileen Dey Wurst

    A wonderful tribute to a very special man. It was a pleasure to know you. Rest In Peace David.
    Much love
    Eileen and Richard

  • Sean O'Doherty

    I met David at a rhetoric class at the University of Iowa in 1966, during which each student had to give a speech about his life. I was totally enchanted by David’s speech and we started to hang out together. He helped me get a room during my senior year in a rooming house he was living in across from the student union. There I also met and became friends with the poet Jim Moore, also friend of David’s. During the spring of 1968 David and I hitchhiked to Berkeley. I will never forget the long day we spent on the freeway outside of Laramie WY. After I graduate I moved to Berkeley and enjoyed visiting David and Joan in Seattle in the early 1970s. Especially memorable was a camping trip to LaPush WA. David was a man of few words but was a good companion and friend. I will deeply miss this “friend of my youth”.

  • Samantha Bloedel

    I love in the photo you are smiling. That’s the wonderful light that I will remember. I miss you my love.

  • Paul & Kathy

    Rest in peace David. Sympathy and condolences to Samantha and family.