BURLINGTON, Wash. - David Loren Tennyson, 69, a resident of Burlington, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at his home, after a hard fight battling esophageal cancer.
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David was born March, 12, 1945, in Saginaw, Michigan, the son of George and Joyce (Weisner) Tennyson. David was raised and attended school in Northampton, Massachusetts, and graduated from Northampton High School with the class of 1963.
He was a caring and respected older brother to Dale, Gale and Jane. He was the home-run star of the neighborhood playground, and later played on community softball teams for many years.
He served his country during the Vietnam Conflict as a combat engineer, serving from 1965 to 1967. After his discharge, he returned to Saginaw, Michigan, where he met and married Ann Helen Stover in 1968. They later moved to the Skagit Valley in 1972 where David worked in construction as a union laborer until he retired in 2004. He then worked for the Mount Vernon School District doing grounds maintenance. He took pride in his work and enjoyed the staff and students, he again retired in 2010 and was known as, "Cowboy Dave".
David was a loving father to his son Val, daughter Keri and foster daughter Kim, he was also a father figure and devoted "papa" to his three granddaughters, Britney, Cheyann, and Alexiya.
David was caring, generous and funny and he loved his Lord and wanted to share that love with others. He loved his family, friends and his church community, and they loved him.
He was a "Cowboy" from early childhood, growing up with the cowboy hero's of yester-year. Collecting was his passion, and he created a museum for displaying his treasures. Like any true cowboy, he enjoyed entertaining an audience of all ages with his stories, humorous personality and songs. A favorite activity was rounding up a pair of boots and a cowboy hat to pass along to the children he met.
David is survived by his five girls, his wife Ann, his daughter Keri and his three granddaughters, Britney, Cheyann and Alexiya; his brother Dale Tennyson and wife Linda, and sisters Gale Ryznic and Jane Meyer, all from Massachusetts; two sisters-in-law, Bets Stover and husband John Murphy of Oregon, and Jaye Stover of Washington; two brothers-in-law, Jeff Stover and Bert Stover and wife Teresa Holder and his mother-in-law Dorothy Harding Stover, all of Washington; and several nieces and nephews.
David was preceded in death by his son Val Tennyson, his mother Joyce Tennyson and father and mother-in-law Jim and Dorothy Parr Stover.
A special thanks to Dr. Mathey and all the staff at North Puget Cancer Center, who went the extra mile for Dave, and to all the caring staff of Hospice of the Northwest who walked us through this difficult time, and to our Visiting Angels' June and Misty.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the North Puget Cancer Center, 2000 Hospital Drive, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held Saturday, July 26, at 4 p.m. at the North Cascade Christian Fellowship Church in Sedro-Woolley with Pastor Steve Fish officiating. Private inurnment was held at the Greenhills Cemetery in Burlington. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley. Share memories of David and sign the online guest register at www.lemleychapel.com.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on July 25, 2014