Our beloved David Howard Isberg left this plane of existence on Dec. 5, 2013, after a valiant and extremely brave battle against a rare form of leukemia and lymphoma.
His family was by his side, singing to him songs that he grew up hearing on the Chena Ridge Hill. David was born Nov. 9, 1965, in Fairbanks at St. Joseph's Hospital to lifelong Alaskans Howard Isberg and Maureena Petaja Isberg. He was raised both in Anchorage and Fairbanks, and graduated from West Valley High School in 1984 on the Honors List. David was on the Dean's List at UAF while he pursued studies there, and he earned a certificate in heating and air conditioning from AVTEC in Seward.
David was a beautiful man with an exquisite mind and wicked sense of humor. He loved to study and read anything he could get his hands on. His passions were religion, history and politics. He wanted to unravel the great secrets of the universe, the mind and planet Earth. David was a great seeker of knowledge, and after giving his life over to Jesus in the '80s, he strove to learn the mysteries of the Bible for the rest of his life. He loved the Word and sought truth and fought for God and love, always.
He was a good carpenter and electrician, and helped his mother on her homes a great deal when he could. David loved to play piano and sing with his family and friends, as he had while growing up on Chena Ridge. He loved to travel and did so for the last years of his life before he became sick. David was a budding writer who had just finished his fourth novel and had an ongoing e-novel called "Lifeleaf" he'd even made some money on. His works reflect his love of science fiction and life on other planets, as well as the question of transcendence. He also has a series for young people in a multi-racial world. Our family hopes to publish and share his works with the public in the near future.
David had a very sharp mind that never looked at anything simply, but turned it this way and that, like a prism. That is how his beautiful soul and multifaceted personality was. David was the official inventor of the word "zoop," and anyone who truly knew him knows this.
He is preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Clarence and Edna Isberg; maternal grandparents, John and Sally (Bowen) Petaja; father, William Howard Isberg; sisters, Catherine Edna (Grant) Isberg and Andree Lisa (Butts) Isberg; nephews, Kristoffer John Smith and Martin John Baalam; cousin, Bridget Petaja; auntie, Wythel, and uncle, Allen Gershmel; uncles, Willie, John and Jacob Petaja; uncle, Leonard Isberg; best friends, Dale Baurick and Randy Tarnowski.
He is survived by his son, Spencer Isberg; mother, Maureene Joanna Isberg Petaja (Earl); brothers, William John Isberg (Cathy) and Warren Flynn; sisters, Maurya Ann Flynn, Renee Jolie Isberg and Tanya Chantel Isberg Thompson (Scott); uncle, Clifford (Carolyn) Isberg, and cousins of California; auntie, Karen Petaja, and cousins of Juneau; auntie, Barbara, and cousins of California; auntie, Sallie Berlin, and cousins of Washington; auntie, Evalyn Krone, and cousins; auntie, Mildred Hagedorn, of Georgia; Gershmel cousins of Wasilla and Colorado, and all David's nieces and nephews, Amber Isberg, Joseph, Daniel, Michael and Megan Flynn, David, Jenna and Karina Grant, Lisa and Elizabeth Butts, and kids, Maria, and daughter, and Jesse Isberg; Sean Morin and Shanda Isberg.
Our grey pilgrim is finally free. The final battle has been won. He will join his Father in the sun. Their shining honor he will see, with mead, wine and song, so this shall be.
A celebration of life service with a potluck will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, followed by burial at Birch Hill Cemetery.