DAVID FOGG

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David Fogg Gone Steaming David, born June 1, 1918 in Tacoma, Washington, died July 4, 2014 in Tacoma, Washington, age 96. His grandparents of both families moved to Washington in the 1880s. Dave attended Park Lodge Elementary School, Clover Park Junior High, Stadium High School, where he was a member of the Stadium National Championship Rifle Team in 1936, and he had attended one year at the College of Puget Sound. He served in WWII in the Engineering Dept. of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter "The Roger B. Taney" (W37) in the Pacific, Atlantic, and the Mediterranean Theater from 1942-1945. He succeeded his father as President of Commonwealth Title Insurance in 1948 as chief executive. He was responsible for the expansion and modernization of the company in the post war years. Under his direction, the building at 1120 Pacific was completed in 1970. The building contained many architectural innovations for the downtown office building, which were all done by Bob Evans. Dave retired from Commonwealth in 1979 when he sold Commonwealth and Tacoma Title. Dave and Tom Carstens built and raced sports cars on the West Coast in the 1950's and early 1960's. Dave was an avid hunter where he hunted big game in Africa, India, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Alaska, New Caledonia, Canada, and the Rocky Mountains. Dave built a steamboat and launched "The Julia Bulette" on American Lake in the 1960's. He built many cannons that were heard on American Lake and in his Lakewood home where he lived his entire life. Many of those in his neighborhood can recount occasionally hearing echoes of his muzzle-loading cannons. Dave was a member of The Tacoma Country and Golf Club, Life Member of the NRA, Past Regional Executive of the Sports Car Club of America, Safari Club of America, and Past President of Washington Land Title Association. He was also a member of the Northwest Steam Society and a member of CHOAS (Cannon Hunters Association of Seattle). Dave and Jeanette Parlaman were married in Tacoma on June 1, 1939. Jeanette passed away December 9, 1990. They had two daughters, Casey Fogg and Mrs. Lee (Didi) Sorensen, and had three grandchildren, Todd, Debra, and David. He has six great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. Dave was loved and taken care of in his home by his family, especially his grandson David. Dave has requested no memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to a charity or foundation of your choice. We love you dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, great-great-grandpa The whistles will blow; the Bells will ring; Cannon must roar; Most of us will always hear them and those who don't need only to listen.
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on July 16, 2014
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