David "Buff" Lawrence Lamberson was born Aug. 18, 1948, in Fort Lee, Va., to Charlotte and Raymond Lamberson. He lived most of his childhood in Virginia until his mother remarried.
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David "Buff" came to Alaska the first time in the middle the 1960s with his stepfather, Leonard Meter, and mother, Charlotte Meier, to Fort Wainwright. He graduated from Lathrop High School, in 1967. In August of '67, Fairbanks had a flood and the draft board was under water so he could not report for the draft. He decided to return to Virginia with his mother and stepfather. He worked at a plant and was trying to go to college when he was drafted. He decided to join the U.S. Army and was sent to Fort Benning, Ga.
After basic training, he proposed to his first wife, Arlene Alves, who he met in Fairbanks in 1967. They were married in 1969 in Indiana were he was stationed. Two months later, he was in Vietnam.
After serving 15 months in Vietnam, he was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. He had served five years in the Army and decided to return to civilian life.
He returned to Fairbanks in 1972, got a job working for J.C. Penney's and then worked for Northern Lights Memorial selling pre-need cemetery plots, door to door. He later started working at the power plant on Fort Wainwright. He also worked as a bartender for Arlene's father in the then famous, Chena Bar. Later, he worked for K&L Distributors becoming a dispatcher and remaining at that job for about 20 years.
In 1976, his daughter, Amiel Lynn Lamberson, was born. In 1990, he met Deborah Harvey, and they were married on Halloween, Oct. 31, 1999. After retiring from K&L, he worked selling cars for Aurora Motors. His last job was working for Compeaus. He retired at age 62.
On March 22, 2013, he unrepentantly passed away, leaving behind his daughter, Amiel Accola; grandchildren, Jaelynn Accola, Ayden Accola and Alyc Accola, of Fairbanks; his wife, Deborah Lamberson; stepsons, Donnie and Dave Spurgeon; granddaughter, Serena Spurgeon; stepson, Bret Hill; granddaughter, Jillian Hill, of Fairbanks; his sister, Linda Wheeler and family, of Virginia; his sister, Judy Baily and family, of North Carolina; his brother, Daniel Lamberson, of Virginia, and stepfather, Leonard Amiel Meier, of Virginia.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Charlotte Meier, of Prince George, Va.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Apr. 25, 2013