David M. Chisholm, 76, a longtime Clear Lake area, resident passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.
David was born in Bellingham, WA on May 27, 1941, the son of Robert & Mary Helen (McDonald) Chisholm. He was raised and attended school
in several communities around the state as his father was a school administrator. They finally settled in the Skagit Valley and David graduated from Sedro-Woolley High School with the class of 1959.
David worked for a while in law enforcement and with water search and rescue. For many years he drove school bus for the Sedro-Woolley School District, including many sporting events and ski trips to Mount Baker. He later worked as a general repairman for the Department of Natural Resources, where he was a jack of all trades, retiring in 2009. David also worked as a locomotive engineer with the Mount Vernon Terminal Railroad for many years. For 42 years David volunteered with the Clear Lake Volunteer Fire Department, Dist. 4, serving twice as commissioner.
David was a private man, but also an adventurous man, in the 1990’s he rode as navigator with his 70 year old uncle Mac in the Great American Race, driving a 1940 Chevy from Ottawa to Mexico; he enjoyed sky diving, SCUBA diving, Hydroplane races, and boating and fishing in the salt water; he was a gourmet cook; an avid collector of Studebaker cars, and a member of the Whatcom Chapter Studebaker Drivers Club; he cherished his friendship with friends, George Stephenson, owner of the MVTRR and with MaryLou & Jimmy Cabe; the times fishing in Alaska with his sister-in-law & brother-in-law, Roberta & Ralph Sawyer and working with is step-sons, Hugh & Mike Stephenson.
David is survived by his wife of 34 years, Nancy ’Rusty’ Chisholm; his children, Rebecca Hetland (Mark), Nancy Ann Tompkins (Brin) and Dave Darrah; step-children, Hugh Stephenson (Renee), Mike Stephenson, Janina Garland and Rossann Gibson; sister, Rebecca Benson (Ed); brother, Donald Chisholm (Robin); 18 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Helen (McDonald) Chisholm and his father and step-mother, Robert & Jean L. Chisholm; step-daughter, Mary-Lyn Osburn and brother Richard Chisholm.
At David’s request there will be no services. Memorials in his honor are suggested to the Clear Lake Volunteer Fire Dept. Dist. #4, PO Box 186, Clear Lake,WA 98235 or to plant a “fig tree” and enjoy the fruit as much as he did.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.