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David Engle


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David Engle Obituary
David Engle passed away on Aug. 1, at a family cabin in Estes Park, CO. David Engle was born on Feb. 20, 1936 in Denver, Colorado, the eldest son of two educators and gracious parents. Growing up, he always enjoyed the mountains and was a member of the Colorado Mountain Club. He earned his Bachelors degree in philosophy from Puget Sound University in Tacoma WA, where he met and married Mary Carolyn Egbert. David and Mary then moved to Boston for his studies at Harvard Divinity School. During the practical part of his studies, David developed his passion for caring for other people. They returned to Colorado to finish his studies at the Iliff School of Theology in advance of his first posting as a Methodist minister in Dolores, a great place to raise their three young boys. With further postings to Fort Collins and Cortez, David quickly grew to enjoy the small Colorado towns; where everyone seemed to know everyone and his service could extend into the people in tiny neighboring towns. He was particularly engaged with finding care for the transient and homeless people in the area, elderly people, and those suffering from mental illness. In 1973, David and Mary accepted an exchange posting on the Isle of Man. After they returned to Montrose the next year, they hosted high-school exchange students from Finland and Germany. After another exchange posting in Cambridge England, they returned to Denver, where David earned a Masters degree in Social Work; and, retiring from the church, he continued his passion as a hospice social worker. He continued that work after he and Mary moved to Skagit county, WA. David appreciated all aspects of life and viewed death as phase in life to be embraced. David and Mary spent their retirement in Skagit County, WA with summer trips to the family cabin in Estes Park, CO. David was always gracious and caring, and respectful of how his actions might affect others. He is preceded in death by his wife Mary and brother Wilber, and survived by sons and family, Allen and Traci, Ed and Julie and Bob and Sandra; and grandchildren Brian, Devon, Emily and Hannah and exchange daughters Katriina, Kerstin, Eeva-Liisa and Berenice. Memorial will be held at 1 PM on Wednesday, Aug. 30, at the Allen United Methodist Church in Burlington, Washington. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the Hospice of the Northwest (360) 814-5702.
Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on Aug. 23, 2017
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