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David Hale

David was born on 12/13/40 in Guadalajara Mexico to Adolfo and Isabel Okun Hale. His family, including older brother Boris, moved soon thereafter to Mexico City.As a youth he spent his social life happily centered around the Jewish sports center.
His first move was for college at the University of Berkeley in California to study architecture. After graduating he moved to southern California to work for Robert L. Barnett and Associates. It was at Barnett where David met Jan Van Tilburg. Van Tilburg left Barnett in the early 70s' to start his own firm. David followed shortly thereafter, and worked with Jan for a few months before moving to San Francisco, and taking a job with Gensler. It was in 2011 that David launched his own architectural firm in San Francisco.
David's career encompassed both residential and commercial projects. He was often his own developer, buying property , designing and building homes that showcased his prodigious talent. Though inspired by Luis Barragan, and Ricardo Legoretta, Hale's designs were richly detailed and uniquely his own. These homes often included David's custom furniture designs, both free standing as well as built in. He was an award winning architect, and his work was published in prestigious journals.
In the early 1980s' he met Michael Hackett, the man who was the love of his life and soul mate. Early on they formalized their relationship in a commitment ceremony in a home designed by David in Tiburon. Years later in 2009, they were married at their home in the Marina. Together they traveled the world, cherished their home life and parented Gio, Reggie, Argos and Cuca (their 4 legged children).
David's cultural curiosity was immense, and he took full advantage of that which San Francisco and the Bay Area had to offer. He pursued art and architecture exhibits, as well as the performing arts, and was especially fond of the symphony and opera, David's taste was sophisticated and refined, and his keen intellect, and a passion for beauty helped feed his soul.
David was passionate about animal rights and the conservation of endangered species. He volunteered for Wild Aid and championed the Wildlife Conservation network. Awareness and sensitivity to the plight of endangered animals was heightened by David and Michael's many trips to Africa and India. David was especially concerned with the plight of elephants, rhinoceros, and the large cats.
David was the definition of a thoughtful, sensitive, compassionate, and artistic man. He was deeply loved by his friends and family, and is very much missed.
He is survived by his husband Michael, their beloved Kerry Blue Terrier, Cuca and his three nephews Jaime, Marcos, Arturo and their families.
In lieu of flowers donations in David's honor may be made to" Wildlife Conservation Network" (WCN) wildnet.org. In Mexico, donations may be made to Refugio Franciscano. [email protected]
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 14, 2018
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