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David M. Fisher

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David M. Fisher of Boulder, CO passed away suddenly on June 14, 2013. He is survived by his wife Marilyn Fisher, son George Fisher of Oakland CA, daughter Cathy White of Ft. Collins, CO, and grandsons Christopher Weixelman of Aurora CO, and James Weixelman of Ft. Collins, CO. Dave Fisher was born on April 9, 1928 in Bartlesville, OK to James Powell Fisher and Frances Brookbank Fisher. After attending public schools in Bartlesville and graduating from High School in 1946, he joined the US Army and served in the occupation force of Japan from 1946-1948 as a radio repair technician. After returning to Bartlesville, he enrolled in the local Bartlesville junior college for one year. While participating in a school play, he met his future wife Marilyn Moore. Both Dave and Marilyn attended the University of Colorado (CU) in Boulder, where Dave earned a degree in Geology. After his graduation in 1952, Dave took his first job as a Petroleum Exploration Geologist with Sinclair Oil and Gas. Dave and Marilyn were married in Denver on June 8th 1953 after Marilyn graduated from CU. In the first years of their marriage, Dave and Marilyn lived in a number of different locations in the Rocky Mountain region. In 1954 their son George was born in Billings, MT, and in 1957 their daughter Cathy was born in Denver. In 1965, they decided to move to Boulder CO, a city they had learned to love while studying at CU. Dave and Marilyn bought an old house on Pine Street, which became their home for the next 44 years. Dave decided to change employers in 1969, and continued his career in Petroleum Geology while working for Cities Service (later Occidental Petroleum). Dave, Marilyn and their family built a cabin in the Connifer Hill area near Raymond CO, which became their summer weekend retreat for many years. In the late 1960s, Dave pursued a life-long passion for flying, obtained his pilot's license, and went on to own a series of different single-engine aircrafts over the next several decades. When Dave lost his Geologist position during the oil glut of 1985, he obtained a job at Power Rental, a heavy equipment rental company owned by one of his airplane friends. He filled many different roles within the company until 1993. At the age of 65 he decided to retire in order to attend the Emily Griffith School in Denver. Two years later he earned a certificate which enabled him to work as an aircraft mechanic. Dave spent most of the following decade building and flying his own airplane, a Glasstar that he built from a kit. He worked out of his own garage and rented hangar space at the Boulder Airport. The plane sustained major damage during an accident in 2000. He spent several years rebuilding the aircraft, flying it again in 2003-2004. In 2009, Dave and Marilyn decided to sell their home of 44 years and moved to Frasier Meadows Retirement Community in February. Dave and Marilyn recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. A memorial service will be held in the Sky Lounge at Frasier Meadows Retirement Community on Wednesday June 19 from 2pm-5:30pm. Flowers and cards may be sent to Sky Lounge, 350 Ponca Place, Boulder, CO 80303.

Published in The Boulder Daily Camera on June 18, 2013
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