Dave Belles (BIG D) entre-pre-neur, That is not the only word that describes Dave, but it is pretty close. Dave was my best friend for close to sixty years, even though we didn't live near each other we kept in touch. I never had a brother in real life but I considered him to be just that.
Dave sometimes lived on the edge, he would take necessary risks to achieve what he wanted to achieve, an he really achieved a lot.
He served in the Air Force for four years and I remember all the times we had in Alaska where we were stationed together.
I remember when he opened his first small business in Oregon the bar and grill, I remember when he moved to California and became an airline mechanic and lived with us for a while. I remember when he built his cement boat and bought a transmission business in Bellingham, he fished the seas in Alaska with his best friend, wife and first mate, Marilynn.
Dave was a dreamer, but he accomplished more in his lifetime than anyone I have ever known. If you wanted to hear a great story Capitian Dave could really tell it. Dave had a million little sayings that he had picked up in his in his journey in life, they were humourous and I find myself using some of them again and again.
I hope with all my heart that there is a big ocean up there in heaven, so that Big D can use it.
I will always love that man!