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LEMPESIS, David L. Passed early February 12, 2019, having Anita and friends by his side. David is survived by his dear wife, Anita of Seattle, and extended family in Spokane. David was born in Ione, Washington; he attended Lewis & Clark High School in Spokane, studied at the University of the Americas in Mexico City (UDLA) and graduated from Eastern WA University (EWU) with a BA in Art. He paid for his studies selling his paintings in Mexico City, and working summers for Millie's at Priest Lake. He worked in Spokane as Creative Director at Pacific Advertising, later transferring to Seattle for Pacific. David went on to work at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Post-courtship and marrying the love of his life, Anita M. Ramsey, he 'threw his creative paint against the walls' for companies that included his own The Great & Plenty Co. He consulted and worked with clients that included Travelodge and many other hospitality, events and travel corporations. David's talents were applied to many significant projects; he had a superb knack for effective strategies in both public relations and marketing. His work in advertising and PR included the Seattle Center, Fun Forest Amusements, Inc., Wendell-West, I. Magnin, The Cousteau Society, Elgin/Syferd, and Gogerty Stark Marriott. David understood and loved branding. He collaborated with Anita where they applied respective talents in public relations and design. They enjoyed living on Vashon Island, Queen Anne and Fauntleroy. Travels included their beloved Acapulco, the Mediterranean and the Pacific Northwest. David had many friendships along the way, including a who's who of the famous: Bing Crosby, Phil Harris, Lana Turner, Soupy Sales, Jacques and Philippe Cousteau, Johnny Weissmuller Jr, just to name a few. David enjoyed friendships with the owners of Seattle's finest restaurants, hotels, government officials, politicians, media moguls, TV and radio talent, advertising execs and travel/hospitality principals. David's artwork is found in corporate collections including IBM and many private collections in Mexico and the Pacific NW. He will always be remembered for his humor, warmth, fastidious nature, and one who provided quality work, and demanded the same from others. He was a gifted artist, gardener, public relations and advertising executive, fabulous story-teller, loving husband and a friend to many across the northwest, Mexico and wherever he traveled. A life celebration will be held in the spring in lieu of a formal service. The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Lowe and those who assisted David, surviving cancer over a decade with his positive outlook, new protocols and wonderful care. David leaves us rich in the best of memories, good humor, unforgettable stories and friendships unmatched. Please sign David's online guestbook at www.legacy.com.

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Published in Spokesman-Review on Mar. 3, 2019.
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August 29, 2020
Anita I hope this gets to you. I am Melissa Rodgers, Robbie Rodgers daughter. I have been looking for you and David for so long. We lost dad November 1, 2019. Mom, Amanda and I are sorry for your loss.
Patti’s email : peiking@comcast.com
Melissa’s work email: melissar@jmpco.com
Melissa Rodgers
March 12, 2019
My father was Larry Barcklay who owned an advertising agency in Spokane that Dave worked at. He was a talented advertiser and artist who added SO much to the small agency. I was a teenager at the time and he was always kind to me and was so very funny. I still have one of his paintings hanging in my home and will always treasure it.
Sharon Jayne
March 6, 2019
So sorry to hear of the passing of David Lempesis. I worked at the Seattle Center while David was the Media and Public Relations Manager in early 1970's. He was the prototype of a Public Relations professional and he was a funny guy. I remember moving into a new office and David came in and paced off the room's length and width to determine the square footage. Then he stood a foot from the corner wall and placed his forearm against the wall and rested his head on his arm and mimicked marking his spot. We laughed and laughed. That was David. He was quick and funny.
Jimmy Kamada
March 6, 2019
Pat Wheeler
Pat Wheeler
March 6, 2019
Anita, we are in Mexico, I know you both loved it here. We are so sorry to hear about David. Both of you are such amazing people and have led a story filled life! We return in about a week and will schedule a time to stop by. Will be keeping you in our thoughts.
Bob & Renee Chatalas
March 3, 2019
Thank For being my Dads (Bob Hargreaves) lifelong friend, Mike Hargreaves
Mike Hargreaves
March 3, 2019
God Speed Dave - You were truly one of a kind - A A very unique and talented man - full of energy - and passion for life - I worked for you at Popcorncocopia at The Seattle Center back in the mid 1970's - I am glad that I re-connected with you some ten years back - You will be missed - Condolences to Anita - and the rest of your many friends and family - I hope to see you one day "On the other side'......
Matthew McCullough
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