David Rakestraw

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David U. Rakestraw

David U. Rakestraw, 91, beloved husband, father, brother, local businessman and friend to many, died peacefully of natural causes the night of Dec. 2, 2017.

He was born on May 7, 1926 in El Paso, Texas to David U. Rakestraw and Virginia Cornwall. The family moved to Albuquerque when David was in the 2nd grade. He attended University Heights grade school and Lincoln Jr. High for one year. He moved to Jefferson Jr. High the first year it was built. David also spent two years at the New Mexico Military Institute and graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1944. He attended school and was friends all those years with his future wife of 70 years. He worked for his father's business, Contractor's Equipment and Supply Co. starting when he was 12 years old.

David was appointed to Annapolis Naval Academy & served in the Navy at Guam during World War II. After the war he finished his education at University of New Mexico, earning a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.

David married his grade school sweetheart, Martha Ellen Gould, in Albuquerque on August 25, 1947. He continued to work for Contractor's Equipment and Supply & bought the business in 1977. He was also a member of Rotary for most of his professional life. He retired in 1988 to enjoy his many, many hobbies such as building a Glasair airplane with his son, photography, wood carving, travel, painting, drawing, home improvement & golf. He loved golfing at the Albuquerque Country Club, and especially enjoyed the sport and golf trips with his golfing buddies.

In 2007 David and M.E. built a home in Ocate, N. M. where they enjoyed the beautiful scenery and wonderful people for 8 years. They moved back to Albuquerque in 2015.

David Rakestraw is preceded in death by two sisters, Virginia Johnson and Joyce Wylie, and numerous nieces and nephews.

David leaves behind his wife, Martha Ellen; daughter, Leslie Lynn Rakestraw; son David U. Rakestraw III and his wife, Lori Feagler; granddaughters Katie & Claire Martin.

The family thanks the staff at the Lovelace Heart Hospital and Kindred Hospice for their compassionate care for David in his last days. There will be no service in accordance with his wishes.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Dec. 13, 2017
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