David Allen Coulson was born May 27, 1967 to Patricia and Duane Coulson. The second eldest of four children, David was raised in Oregon and California. After a 5 year battle with brain cancer, David lost the fight on April 12, 2013 surrounded by friends, his wife, and children at his home.
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David moved to Alaska in 1996 and in 1998 he met and fell in love with a you Tlingit woman. Ten years and two children later, they finally married May 2008. He embraced the culture and felt he had found his place. At 2001 fall payoff party for Matthew Fred Sr., Dave was given the Deisheetaan name Woolsh Shook. An honor
bestowed upon him by Angoon Bear Matriarch, Jennie Jim as it was her father's Tlingit name. He was proud to have been embraced by a culture he truly loved.
Dave worked for many years as a carpenter and over the years made many friends. He was proud of the many houses, businesses, and buildings he had helped build in and around Juneau and surrounding areas. He loved to spend time outdoors with his children by fishing, camping, and occasionally hunting.
Dave was diagnosed with brain cancer August 4th 2008. Over 5 years, he underwent a year radiation, several years of chemo therapy, and a total of 2 craniotomies. Dave was strong and stubborn. So through it all he tried to remain positive.
He is preceded in death by his mother Patricia Coulson. He is survived by his wife, Erica Coulson; children, Christopher and Christine; father, Duane (Louise) Coulson; brothers: Brian (Wendy) Coulson of Portland, OR and Bryant Coulson of Sacramento, CA; sister Vicky Copper of Tillamook, OR; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A short service will be held in Juneau, Alaska on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 3:00pm at the Tlingit and Haida Community Building on Hospital Drive. In lieu of flowers, Dave would have liked any contributions be made to Cancer Connections of Juneau or Hospice Home Care of Juneau, who has supported our family since first diagnosis. Per Dave's wishes, he will be cremated and scattered along Chatham Straights at a later date.
Published in The Juneau Empire on Apr. 18, 2013