David Wright, 94 and an Anacortes native, passed from this life on February 11, 2014.
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Born in Anacortes to James O. and Catherine Schrindle-Wright on November 9, 1919, he was a lover of the sea.
David's love of the sea led him into the fishing world. He first sailed on now was one of the last surviving crew members of the famous Seattle based codfish schooner Wawona. At the age of 22, days after the US entered into World War II, he joined the Army where he rose to the rank of Master Sergeant, spending most of his service in the Aleutian Islands, garnering several medals, including a Bronze Star.
In 1947 David made one more trip on the Wawona, and then worked at Morrison's Sawmill, but his love of the sea brought him back to working as a commercial fisherman, fishing in Washington and Alaska on gillnetters and purse seiners, as well as on fish processers and tenders.
David was a member of Fidalgo Masonic Lodge #77 and had earned the 44th degree. He was also a past president of the Anacortes Eagles Aerie #249, where he was Santa Clause for many years.
Known as "Kite Man" in the '50s, also known to area bands and others as the "Train Whistle Blower", he will be missed by many.
David was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Dolly "Ruth" Wright, his daughter Danette Lyons (George), grandson Rex Izban, his brother Ralph Wright, and half-sister Barbara Jean. He is survived by his daughters Roseann Hanson of Phoenix and Lili LaRue of Burlington, grandchildren David Lyons (Heidi) of Stanwood, Kerri Hayes (Claude) of Big Lake and Wendy Sturgeon and great grandchildren Andrew Hayes, Raynee Hayes, Jazmyne Sturgeon, Skyler Sturgeon, Jordan Lyons and Kaylee Lyons, along with many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff at Where The Heart Is for all the love and care given to our dad prior to his passing. They also suggest donations be made to the
in David's name in lieu of flowers.
A memorial service for David will be held at Evans Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, February 19th at 1:00 PM followed by an urn committal at Grandview Cemetery with military honors. There will be a reception held at the Anacortes Eagles at 4:00 PM.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of David please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.
Evans Funeral Chapel - Anacortes
1105 32nd Street Anacortes, WA 98221
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Feb. 17, 2014