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January 28, 2015
He was such a special person, truly one of a kind. He will be missed.
May 02, 2014
I too find myself thinking about David a lot during the spring season. In Anchorage, everyone starts to liven up with the sun. Although David was pretty lively year around, there were always so many new projects and adventures to be had when the snow went away.
Now that I am focused on similar household projects, I am reminded of how excited David used to get when he had a new plan. He was always so enthusiastic about everything, which was a really refreshing quality about him. He could get you excited about anything. He found joy in almost any situation. So now that Bob and I are working to plan our backyard, repaint the interior of the house, deciding what vegetables we would like to plant in our soon-to-be constructed garden, and other projects that need to get done before the summer visitors come, I can't help but think how much he excited he would have been at similar projects.
We used to do a lot of bike riding together, so now when I go out I think of all those times that we would just take off for the day and go wherever. It was always just so easy to have a new adventure with him. Most of my knowledge of the Anchorage Trail System and various campgrounds I learned from David. I have so many great memories of those summer days with him- often with a curly-haired and feisty Jadyn in the bicycle trailer.
Lately I have been listening to a lot of music that reminds me of him. Every time I hear any Bob Marley song I always imagine him stomp-dancing around the living room with the stereo blasting. His stomp-dancing was basically an over-exaggeration of his natural walk- which was pretty amusing in and of itself- but the stomp-dancing was definitely “his thing.”
Even when I am driving around I sometimes am reminded of moments with him. I remember shortly after I first met David, we were living in a town outside of Anchorage (Eagle River) and we lived somewhat close to a nature center that was way up on a mountain. He decided he wanted to take me there because it was a beautiful day (It had to be over 75 degrees that day and it was incredible sunny). The road up to the Eagle River Nature Center is two lanes and windy. He was so excited- he kept sticking his head out the window to get the rush of the wind! His grin was from ear to ear. I have to admit, I wasn't excited- I was more concerned about the speedometer and overhanging trees!

I think it took me awhile to reflect and think about all of the things that David taught me, and all of the ways he impacted me. Honestly, it was a really hard thing for me to do- it was hard to stop and allow myself to process it all. But, I miss him incredibly. He was always there for me, an amazing support to my mother, and a constant force of positivity- something I definitely need to work on. We had our rocky moments, but I always knew he loved me, and I can feel him backing me up every day.
April 25, 2014


Awe, April in Anchor Towne. Its been blazing bright this spring :). We have enjoyed some big birthdays and a nice Easter week. David was highly appreciative of Easter, as a man of great Faith he would attend services where ever he was doing gear work, then call home. We would talk for hours about many things, garden plans, efforts needed to keep the shed floor dry during the big thaw, truck stuff, neighbors, summer plans. a lot of his heart would be here at home with "His Girls". Though his sinuses were anxious to get out on the water, as he had horrible allergies. Irony abounds, as I have never met a person that loved the season of renewal more than our David :) Now, as I go about the seasonal shifts as well as look forward to BIG happenings this summer, I often have a inner David~logs. It is my belief that inside jokes carry well, as does a love of music.Music and Wit. Hear his warm laughter?. if you are reading this, I bet you connected with David over an appreciation of these huge, soul strengtheners, life tools. David loved planning our lil garden spot that he planted with the girls mostly snow peas, radishes, zukes, pumkins, all surrounded by the return of the raspberry bushes he planted with his friend Nickoli . One year, David planted a patch of radishes very early one morning before leaving town. He asked us to water it every morning its not raining and we would have a message. This is that message! Love to All
November 29, 2013
He is still with us even now in Spirit-and boy, what a Spirit indeed.
November 28, 2013

















This holiday season finds us remembering that last Thanksgiving with our brave and beautiful David in 2011. I remember taking in the awesome sunrise from David's large room at the end of the 5th floor of Providence Hospital. He commented on how one got all the perks like a room with a view and the nicest nurses, when your a long term patient.



He was about three weeks in to what would be a six week stay, after having been diagnosed in the ER with cancer on Nov. 2nd. Just days after taking Jadyn trick-or-treating long after her other friends went home for the night, Jadyn and Daddy pressed on until all the porch lights had been turned off. Both equally proud of the haul.

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That autumn in Anchorage had been a nice warm Indian summer, November came in bitter cold and it snowed and snowed some more. Through it all, there was a steady stream of love and support. Life long friends and family visited, Rick, Steve, Paul, Mike, Steve, Chris, and many more came by to buoyed his spirits and he, theirs. His beloved Aunt Evalyn and Parents made the trip north to be with him and he spoke of blessings more often than he did the baffling courses of tests and devastating news he was faced with( all through the summer months, Dave thought he was just experiencing "old man~idease").

David was a study in the love you take is equal to the love you make.



That last Thanksgiving, David marveled at all the Love and Kindness He was surrounded by, Grateful for the wonderful care he was receiving at Providence Hospital, Happy to have his Aunt & second Mom visiting. He also appreciated that the family would enjoy turkey and trimmings at Bob and Cat's house later that night, though he couldn't attend.



I remember a lot from that thanksgiving, the music we listened to, the dress I wore, the fearful flickers in our daughters' eyes, mostly I remember how much gratitude David had for ALL THE LOVE.




This holiday season finds us remembering that last Thanksgiving with our brave and beautiful David in 2011. I remember taking in the awesome sunrise from David's large room at the end of the 5th floor of Providence Hospital. He commented on how one got all the perks like a room with a view and the nicest nurses, when your a long term patient.



He was about three weeks in to what would be a six week stay, after having been diagnosed in the ER with cancer on Nov. 2nd. Just days after taking Jadyn trick-or-treating long after her other friends went home for the night, Jadyn and Daddy pressed on until all the porch lights had been turned off. Both equally proud of the haul.

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That autumn in Anchorage had been a nice warm Indian summer, November came in bitter cold and it snowed and snowed some more. Through it all, there was a steady stream of love and support. Life long friends and family visited, Rick, Steve, Paul, Mike, Steve, Chris, and many more came by to buoyed his spirits and he, theirs. His beloved Aunt Evalyn and Parents made the trip north to be with him and he spoke of blessings more often than he did the baffling courses of tests and devastating news he was faced with( all through the summer months, Dave thought he was just experiencing "old man~idise").

David was a study in the love you take is equal to the love you make.



That last Thanksgiving, David marveled at all the Love and Kindness He was surrounded by, Grateful for the wonderful care he was receiving at Providence Hospital, Happy to have his Aunt & second Mom visiting. He also appreciated that the family would enjoy turkey and trimmings at Bob and Cat's house later that night, though he couldn't attend.



I remember a lot from that thanksgiving, the music we listened to, the dress I wore, the fearful flickers in our daughters' eyes, mostly I remember how much gratitude David had for ALL THE LOVE.
November 28, 2013
Today is Thanksgiving 2013, two years since our last Holiday season with our David, a man who lived gratitude with every breath.
January 28, 2013
I just remembered this German new wave band song Dave and I listened to as teenagers. It is truly Dave's theme song. It's called: "Maximum Acceleration"
January 25, 2013
Dave was a good friend of mine and we had a lot of fun together in Kodiak and Dutch Harbor. He was always so cheerful and had such a great sense of humor it was hard to get mad about anything when he was around, he always saw the bright side of everything and his cheerful attitude always overshadowed anything that could bring us down as I fished with him on the F/V Shawn Arron and Mar Del Sud. I always had a great time too as I hiked, skiffed and explored the country around Kodiak and Dutch Harbor with Dave and friends. Dave you will always hold a place in my heart where cheerful and happy thoughts are and I know you are in Heaven now with your brother Mark and your Mom and the rest of the family and friends already gone on to their great reward. Thanks for being such a great friend and I'll see you up there in Heaven some day! Love, God Bless, Jack Sternhagen, Dutch Harbor, AK
August 20, 2012
I write this sitting next to the water's edge in Lake Tahoe.
David was a year older than me. And I felt he was the brother that I always wanted. I grew up with David playing in the mountains and lakes of Couerdalene Id.
We would swim, motorcycle, Ski, explore the adventures of becoming a man from a boy.
David was always respected and admired from all who knew him.
We had a lot of great times .. One of the most significant times was when we both accepted Christ in our heart while at a summer camp in twin lakes Id.
So I Know truly that the love of God and power of magnificence resides within David .
So I will write the rest of this letter as if it is to David.

Dear David , My brother and spiritual warrior.
You are indeed a good soldier and I admire the way you live life to the fullest and are a mighty companion to all who sail on your ship together.

It is amazing to see you as a strong determined deck hand on the Ocean. ! Seizing every task and adventure with enthusiasm and a sense of Humor. It is always fun to work and play by your side.
What a blast that was climbing Barometer mountain to explore the Crashed F-16 fighter jet.

I love the way you appreciated the majestic wonders of nature and the beauty of life.
I remember finding you alone outside on the bow of a boat crashing through the wind and on coming waves , howling and taking in the splendor of a sunset.
In some circumstances that most men would coward from , you would growl and overcome any struggle . Your courage and perseverance was above the average man.

Knowing that the power of God is perfect, I lay aside all fear , uncertainty or doubt. There is no burden what so ever in my consciousness. You Live in the Kingdom of Heaven now. I rejoice in this Devine Presence.
I bathe in the sunlight of eternal truth.
I consciously enter into the benediction of Peace .

I Honor and respect you and the life that you made your own. You burned life ,s flame like a torch. And we will always remember your quiet strength

I love you ..
See in Heaven, Christopher,

Ps. Just stopped at the top of a mountain 8,000 ft. to say it is a beautiful night tonight . some thunder clouds pass , and bolts of you dance among the mountain's. You are now more meaning full and powerful than you have ever been earth.. AS YOU KNOW . being with your Mother Eva, beautiful Daughter Nichol, and Brother Mark you are now part of the power energy and love that is needed now for the Great healing that is about to take place on this Planet.
So continue to be a spiritual Warrior for all of us that need Grace.
In Peace,………………… Christopher Jon Hallvik
August 14, 2012

Today I write with a heart filled with Joy as well as sadness. The Joy is to have had my...brother-in-law in my life and to have gotten to know him and what he stood for. The Joy to have the memories of a great, compassionate man who was ever caring to my sister and their children. The Joy of remembering his smile, his laughter and his ability to bring a smile to the people that surround him. The joy of the peace and love that he lauded on our family. The Joy of having such a wonderful person in my life.

The sadness comes with a little bit of selfishness. The fact that we will no longer get to experience his wonderful character and charm as a man, but will never be forgotten in our hearts. The fact that his daughter whom he cherished so, will not get to continue to learn from his wonderful life experience, but will be able to cherish moments like no other. And for my dear sister who loved him so dearly and who when they were together, brought a light to her life. Although, the sadness, will never trump the Joy of what he means to our family. He will be with me, and in my heart forever.

With that said, I am so grateful for the opportunity to have had been in the presence of such a great and honorable man. David was kind to whomever he met, was always sincere with his words and big with his heart. His “Big Kid” attitude is something that we should all be thankful that we got to experience, if even for a moment. I know I will miss him dearly as you all will. I am also ever so thankful that my family and I will be looked after by one of the kindest souls I know.

To all of our friends and family…. Carry David in your heart wherever you walk and know that he will be right beside you with a smile.

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