David L. Poggi
Dave, age 56, passed away peacefully the morning of April 23, 2020 from PML, after a long battle with autoimmune disorders.
Dave grew up on Mercer Island, then moved to Bainbridge Island when he was fourteen years old. Dave attended Bainbridge High School, active in football and wrestling.
Dave's deep connection to hands-on work began with one of his first jobs, working on a tugboat, commuting to work on a twelve-foot skiff. Working alongside his grandpa in a family owned machine shop in his teens, Dave was laying the foundation for his future career. Subsequent jobs included: building sailboats, logging, Pacific Testing Labs, working at the family business (M+IND/Seattle Limb Systems), and culminating in a partnership at TMF Inc., a CNC machine shop.
Family and friends describe Dave as a genuine, fun-loving, generous, complex and creative man. He could be mischievous and a rascal, with a colorful vocabulary at times. Dave was the first to help and volunteer his expertise to others. Soapbox Derby was just one of their family activities, going to the World Championships in Akron, OH, six times. Dave utilized his mechanical knowledge to help many racers fine-tune their cars, never considering anyone else a competitor.
Dave felt most comfortable in Filson or Carhartt, but would don a suit or tux when required - and looked good doing it. Dave's deep love for the outdoors included hunting and fishing with his sons and friends, and cutting down any available tree.
Dave is preceded in death by his mom, Shirley Poggi. He leaves behind his beloved wife of twenty-two years, Kim, along with his sons Anthony (19) and Jake (15). Dave is survived by his father, Don, sister, Laney (Chris) Senyohl and father-in-law Loren Weigelt. He is also survived by brother-in-laws Randy (Sharon) Weigelt, Brian (Valerie) Weigelt, along with nephews Zach, Brandon, Jason and niece Audrey.
Dave's family would like to give a special thank you to the amazing doctors and nurses at The National Institutes of Health, where Dave received an experimental treatment for PML. The staff cared for Dave with kindness and compassion, and made Kim and the boys as comfortable as possible during their visits. Dave and the family hopes that the knowledge gained from Dave's case might one-day result in a cure for PML.
Due to the Corona Virus, a memorial service will be held at a later date. We will contact people via social media and phone.
Published in Kitsap Sun from May 2 to May 17, 2020.