David W. Pinkham
1946 - 2021
Gilbertson Funeral Home and Cremation Service - Stanwood
27001 88th Ave NW
Stanwood, WA
Stanwood - David Wylie Pinkham, 74, of Stanwood, WA passed away with his family by his side on July 30, 2021, after living with Parkinson's disease for several years. He was a loving husband to Pam for 47 years and a devoted father to sons Michael and Andrew. Born in Seattle, he attended Garfield High School (class of 1964), Whitman College (class of 1968), Howard University (college semester exchange to broaden his perspective and understanding of people), and the Goethe-Institut in Germany. He earned a master's degree in modern European history from Columbia University in New York in 1970. Dave was thoughtful, diplomatic, sincere, and generous about giving people the benefit of the doubt. He cared deeply about civic issues that affected people's lives, and he was passionate about defending justice and equal rights for all people. As an independent thinker, he valued honesty, integrity, and authenticity. He listened to both sides of an issue and took a balanced approach. He stayed true to these values in all the work of his life, both professional and personal. Dave had a lifelong love of history and writing. He committed 40 years of his professional life to newspapers. He reported local news in Long Island (NY), San Juan County (WA), Island County (WA), and finally the Stanwood/Camano community, when he became publisher and owner of the Stanwood/Camano News in 1985. He led an outstanding and dedicated team of people that brought the news to the Stanwood/Camano community for 25 years. Dave was active with the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association throughout his career. He served as the association's board president from 2006-2007 and served many terms as a board trustee and committee member. He was honored with the Miles Turnbull Master Editor/Publisher award in 2009. Separately, he also served as an advisor to The Daily, the University of Washington newspaper. He was a founding member of Stanwood Rotary, and at different times served as president of both Rotary and Chamber of Commerce. He was also on the boards of the Stanwood Camano Food Bank and the Camano Schoolhouse Foundation, was involved in Kiwanis, and was a little league baseball coach. An Eagle Scout, Dave loved spending time in the woods and the mountains. He shared with his wife and two sons his love of the natural world by taking them on hiking trips into the wilderness areas of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. He loved to share his stories of summitting Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, Mt. St. Helens prior to the eruption, and other peaks. Birdwatching was a love of his, and he was especially excited to see kingfishers and western grebes. He was an advocate for environmental protection for his entire life. Dave was an engaged father, playing with his sons and reading books to them every day of their childhoods. When his sons asked a question, his most common response was to pull an encyclopedia off the shelf and read from it during dinner. Dave is survived by his wife Pam, son Michael (Meng), brother Jim Pinkham (Sue), sister Bev Smith (Jim), brothers-in-law Mike (Jacki) Probach and Gregg (Dianne) Probach, and many cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends. He was predeceased by his son Andrew Pinkham, nephew Ethan Johnson, parents Roland and Mary Pinkham, and parents-in-law Bob and Dorothy Probach. A memorial service will be held in late August. For details on date, time, and location, please send a message to [email protected] and ask for a link to the private RSVP website, which contains more details about arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Stanwood Camano Food Bank, Hospice of the Northwest, Stanwood Area Historical Society, Camano School House Foundation, or Bird Note.
Published by Stanwood Camano News from Aug. 8 to Aug. 9, 2021.
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So very sad to read of Dave's passing but so proud to be able to say "I knew him when...." Thoughts and prayers for his family, Jim and Bev and their families.
Jani Blanchat Roberson
October 15, 2021
I just saw this in the Chief Seattle Council's eTotem newsletter and wanted to reply. Dave and I were on the Camp Parsons staff together in 1963 and I knew him to be a wonderfully humorous person who really loved being on the staff. One of Dave's unique gifts was his ability to vocally imitate JFK. Using the PA system for our dining hall, Dave was able to have our campers believing that the President was talking to them while they were at Camp. Priceless!
Gary Smith
October 13, 2021
Shawna, James & Jack Vert
August 28, 2021
Dear Pam and Family,
Paul and I are so sorry for your loss. Dave always contributed much to this community and made it a special place to live.
Lani and Paul Schonberg
Paul and Lani Schonberg
August 27, 2021
It's was such and honor and blessing to know Dave Pinkham. Dave was a great Rotarian and I was blessed to have lunch with him just about every Wednesday. Dave was genuine and a really good listener. He was also very wise. My prayers are with his family and friends.
Terrence L Bedford
August 23, 2021
Francie and Peter Meyers
August 15, 2021
Beverly and Jim Smith
August 15, 2021
Mr. Pinkham was a really nice man. I met him when he bought the News as my mom was Accountant there. God Bless his family and his memory. RIP
Dana Arentzen
August 13, 2021
We have many fond memories of Dave's patience, kindness and support.
Alanna and Norm Stone
August 10, 2021
David was a nice friend during our years at Whitman. My condolences to his family. David was a gentlemen, a kind and agreeable person. Many of us were eager to go into the world as seekers of truth and information; and to look at all people with fresh eyes. May his good character and love of the outdoors continue through his family and friends. Peace be with you. Kathy Leslie- Ardrey
August 8, 2021
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