David Lee, 76, died at home peacefully in his sleep on April 17th. His wife Marilyn and friends were with him. He was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor 10 months ago just days after attending his beloved grandson's high school graduation in Ohio. David so wanted to live to be able to tend to his C Street garden, to curl again with the Anchorage Curling Club and teach the "learn to curl" lessons, to work in the kitchen of the Sons of Norway and roll lefse. David retired several years ago but was more busy than ever with the Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, his Wednesday evening men's support group, his Friday morning men's coffee group, and Bartlett Club meetings. In November he always looked forward to celebrating the Marine birthday party with fellow Marines at Thom and Linda Janidlo's home. For the past numerous summers, his grandson Monroe has visited for one month during which much hiking, biking, fishing and camping take place. Usually in the evening, there were poker games and Pink Panther movies. He loved his time with family and friends and leaves behind many broken hearts.
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David was born at home in Dayton, Ohio and completed high school there where he played football. He attended Ohio University for one year before joining the Marines for three years. He then completed college at University of Cincinnati. He married his high school sweetheart, Robin and the couple had two beautiful daughters, Meredith and Allison. David got a Master of Social Work degree from Ohio State University and worked in the Mental Health Clinic at the VA in Cincinnati for almost 30 years. His work with combat veterans suffering from PTSD was highly respected by the psychiatric and treatment community in Cincinnati. He was a family therapist and also led men's support groups. David and Robin divorced after 20 years of marriage. David married Marilyn in 1986 and together they raised their daughter Star. The family moved to Anchorage in 1997 and David worked at Charter North Hospital when they still had an adult unit and later had part time jobs at the Alaska Club and New Sagaya City Market.
He fell in love with curling shortly after arriving in Anchorage and curled on several teams. His goal to curl in a bonspiel in Fairbanks was finally realized last year. He was very active in the Unitarian Fellowship and served as board president. He had a deep commitment to liberal religious principles. He was an avid cross country skier. However, his greatest joy was his family. He was very proud of his three daughters who are kind, intelligent and accomplished women and proud of his two wonderful sons-in-law and fabulous grandson.
He leaves behind his wife of 27 years, Marilyn; his youngest brother Steve and wife Becky of Ohio; daughter Meredith, husband Jerry and son Monroe of Ohio; daughter Allison of Egypt and daughter Star and husband Leif of Norway. Also sister-in-law Sue and husband Mike of Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents and infant grandson Victor.
The family sends heartfelt thanks to the wonderful friends David made in Anchorage. His Wednesday evening group led by Keith Wiger gave David supportive and caring connections. His Friday morning coffee group, of which he was a "Charter member" meant so much to him. The Curling Club and Sons of Norway extended much friendship and support this year. The Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship was the most generous of their time and love, sitting with David while Marilyn shopped and just being there for him. David said, "If I knew people were going to be so nice, I would have grown one of these damn tumors years ago." Special thanks to the Anchorage Fire Department who had to be called numerous times to the home when David had medical emergencies. They were kind, gentle, professional and strong. Gratitude to Dr. Steven Liu, Dr. Richard Chung, and special thanks to Dr. Jerome List who made a house call when David was unable to leave home. Marilyn could never have cared for David at home without the support from Providence Hospice. The family wants to thank you all!!!
A "Celebration of Life" gathering is being planned for early July.
Published in adn.com from Apr. 23 to Apr. 24, 2013