David Lee Isakson

07/30/1944 — 05/14/2001

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Ellensburg, Washington

David Lee Isakson

 David L. Isakson, age 56, of Richland, passed away as a result of complications with pneumonia at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland on May 12, 2001.  David was born in Ellensburg, WA on July 30, 1944, to Percy and Violet Isakson.

 David graduated from Columbia High School, Richland, in 1963.  He attended Columbia Basin College.  He went to work at the Hanford site in 1967 as an engineer.

 David was an active member of Richland Lutheran Church serving in many various ways.  He was a Growth Group leader, Stephen Minister, Good News Media Ministry Camera Operator and Photographer, and most recently, was actively involved in the church camp committee.

 He was baptized, confirmed and married his wife, Gretchen, at Richland Lutheran Church.

 David was an avid sport fan, worked many years as a youth sports volunteer and was a dog enthusiast.  He will be missed.

 He was preceded in death by his father, Percy Isakson.

 David is survived by his wife, Gretchen; his son, Pete and daughter-in-law, Kelly of Troy, ID; his daughter, Kristin of San Diego, CA; his mother, Violet A. Isakson; his sister, Barbara Rau; his aunt, Elsie Smith of Spokane; his aunt, Sally Isakson of Malo, WA; Uncle, Don McMahill of Spokane, and numerous nieces and nephews.

 A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday May 17, 2001 at Richland Lutheran Church.


 Visitation will be at Einan’s from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. both Tuesday and Wednesday.

 In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Richland Lutheran Church, 901 Van Giesen, Richland, WA 99352 or ALSAC, St. Jude’s Research Hospital, P O Box 318, Memphis, TN 38101-0318

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  • David and I grew up just about a block away from one another. As you may remember, his parents and mine were good friends through Richland Lutheran. We all spent many hours together at church gatherings and celebrations. So naturally it seems as though David has always been a part of my life.

    I remember when you, Gretchen, first came to be our church secretary. I remember the group trip we took together to Europe and the Holy Land — and the little hints I was picking up from you then about that “special guy” back home. That was David, of course. I remember you two as newlyweds. And just recently I was thinking how beautiful it was to see the way you two continued to treat each other with such love and caring through all your years together.

    I remember our shared excitement when we were expecting our first children at the same time – and when your Peter and my Shane were born on the same day.

    I remember David as “always there” – always helping, always gentle, always smiling. He truly was a man worthy of respect and admiration – and he truly had both from me. I join you in celebrating his life, and in looking forward to seeing him again. And I share in your mourning that he is no longer with us in this world. It is so hard to believe that he has gone on already.

    My prayers are for the comforting of each of you, and for God’s sustaining strength in your lives.

    Lynn-Marie Hatcher Foote
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Please accept my sympathy in your loss. Sincerely, Joanna B.

    Joanna Faulkner Brown '63
    November 4, 2014
    San, Jose, CA, US
  • My deep condolences to the family. Dave was a very gentle, thoughtful and caring young man. I regret not knowing him as a adult.

    Judy Shibly Cozad
    November 4, 2014
    San, Jose, CA, US
  • My prayers are with you all during this time of grief.

    Janice

    Janice Pierce Gunter
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • So sad to hear of Dave’s death. He was a good friend during those wonderful days in Richland and at Col-Hi. May the God of peace grant your hearts comfort and confidence through the Savior. We cannot hear it enough: God dearly loves each of us and has provided for eternal fellowship. In Him we hope.

    greetings in His love.

    Bill Wilson

    Bill Wilson
    November 4, 2014
    Cologne, North, Rhein, Westphalia, Germany
  • We will always remember Dave for his kind words and friendly smile. Our hearts are with you. We will miss Dave.

    Vickie & Greg Kelly
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I have known David since the 2nd grade at Lewis and Clark. David, Jerry and Dean, Ken, Ray and David my brothers and myself would play cowboys and horses.

    When my family Glenn and Doris McCauley moved to another part of town, I had loss a very good and dear friend.

    David has always had a wonderful and compassionate heart for others.

    My family sends our sympathy and prayers to Barbara, his sister and David’s family.

    May our Father in Heaven, Jesus our Savior, and the Holy Spirt continue to comfort and guide you.

    Janice McCauley Smearman
    November 4, 2014
    6637, Desert, View, Drive, West, Richland,, WA, 99353, US
  • Gretchen, you and Dave have touched our lives in so many ways . . . welcoming us to Richland, taking care of Samuel, as growth group leaders, as a constant support to all at Richland Lutheran and in the community.

    We are deeply saddened by Dave’s passing, yet rejoice in, and celebrate, his faith-filled life.

    Our sympathies are with you, Pete, and Kristin, as you mourn the loss of your beloved husband and father.

    Dave will be most sincerely missed.

    Pastor Joel & Annie Nau
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Dear Kristin, Grechen & Pete, Words escape me to fully convey the sympathies I wish to convey to you. You are in my heart and prayers. Your Dad was so warm and generous with me. He was a shining rolemodel to me when I needed it most as were you Grechen and I will remember his warm hugs of incouragement always. all my love, Bethany

    Bethany Meyers-Morris
    November 4, 2014
    Federal, Way, WA, US
  • Having worked with Dave for the last 3 1/2 years has been a pleasure. Dave always had a wonderful outlook on life and always managed to brithten my day. He always provided the support I needed, and I will miss him very much.

    Dave spoke of his family often and enjoyed being with them as much as possible. I’m so sorry that Dave is no longer physically with us, but I can’t help but feel that he will always be with us in our hearts.

    Dave, I will always remimber the help you provided and our friendship, “May GOD Bless You”.

    Glenn E. Maiden
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • Getty, Peter, Kristen & Kelly

    My heart is sad and yet rejoices. I will truley miss my Uncle David. Yet I know I will be rejoiceing with him when I see Jesus. I know all who have met my uncle will take a

    piece of his kindness, a piece of his serventhood, a piece of his sport enthuism and pass it around to other. I thank the Lord for letting me have a wonderful uncle.

    My prayers are with you. cousin Cindy

    Cindy Utecht
    November 4, 2014
    W., Richland, WA, US
  • Gretchen,

    We have always had the highest regard for David, you and your family. We will miss seeing him and his camera at the various Richland Lutheran and Lambie events. I know my parents are deeply grieving the loss of a dear friend. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Let us know if there is anyway we can help in the coming months.

    Karla and Paul Gaither
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • He was a great man. I will remmeber him for his great smile. And his love of photography.

    Duffy Mahoney
    November 4, 2014
    Pullman, WA, US
  • After all these years I still remember Dave from high school, and it saddens me to know he has passed. Dave was a great guy, and I know he will be sorely missed. My condolences to all his family and friends.

    David M. Hanthorn
    November 4, 2014
    Mercer, Island, WA, US
  • David was always smiling, like he knew something good was happening all the time.

    Earl C. Bennett, III
    November 4, 2014
    Reva, VA, US
  • David and I grew up just about a block away from one another. As you may remember, his parents and mine were good friends through Richland Lutheran. We all spent many hours together at church gatherings and celebrations. So naturally it seems as though David has always been a part of my life.

    I remember when you, Gretchen, first came to be our church secretary. I remember the group trip we took together to Europe and the Holy Land — and the little hints I was picking up from you then about that “special guy” back home. That was David, of course. I remember you two as newlyweds. And just recently I was thinking how beautiful it was to see the way you two continued to treat each other with such love and caring through all your years together.

    I remember our shared excitement when we were expecting our first children at the same time – and when your Peter and my Shane were born on the same day.

    I remember David as “always there” – always helping, always gentle, always smiling. He truly was a man worthy of respect and admiration – and he truly had both from me. I join you in celebrating his life, and in looking forward to seeing him again. And I share in your mourning that he is no longer with us in this world. It is so hard to believe that he has gone on already.

    My prayers are for the comforting of each of you, and for God’s sustaining strength in your lives.

    Lynn-Marie Hatcher Foote
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Please accept my sympathy in your loss. Sincerely, Joanna B.

    Joanna Faulkner Brown '63
    November 4, 2014
    San, Jose, CA, US
  • My deep condolences to the family. Dave was a very gentle, thoughtful and caring young man. I regret not knowing him as a adult.

    Judy Shibly Cozad
    November 4, 2014
    San, Jose, CA, US
  • My prayers are with you all during this time of grief.

    Janice

    Janice Pierce Gunter
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • So sad to hear of Dave’s death. He was a good friend during those wonderful days in Richland and at Col-Hi. May the God of peace grant your hearts comfort and confidence through the Savior. We cannot hear it enough: God dearly loves each of us and has provided for eternal fellowship. In Him we hope.

    greetings in His love.

    Bill Wilson

    Bill Wilson
    November 4, 2014
    Cologne, North, Rhein, Westphalia, Germany
  • We will always remember Dave for his kind words and friendly smile. Our hearts are with you. We will miss Dave.

    Vickie & Greg Kelly
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I have known David since the 2nd grade at Lewis and Clark. David, Jerry and Dean, Ken, Ray and David my brothers and myself would play cowboys and horses.

    When my family Glenn and Doris McCauley moved to another part of town, I had loss a very good and dear friend.

    David has always had a wonderful and compassionate heart for others.

    My family sends our sympathy and prayers to Barbara, his sister and David’s family.

    May our Father in Heaven, Jesus our Savior, and the Holy Spirt continue to comfort and guide you.

    Janice McCauley Smearman
    November 4, 2014
    6637, Desert, View, Drive, West, Richland,, WA, 99353, US
  • Gretchen, you and Dave have touched our lives in so many ways . . . welcoming us to Richland, taking care of Samuel, as growth group leaders, as a constant support to all at Richland Lutheran and in the community.

    We are deeply saddened by Dave’s passing, yet rejoice in, and celebrate, his faith-filled life.

    Our sympathies are with you, Pete, and Kristin, as you mourn the loss of your beloved husband and father.

    Dave will be most sincerely missed.

    Pastor Joel & Annie Nau
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Dear Kristin, Grechen & Pete, Words escape me to fully convey the sympathies I wish to convey to you. You are in my heart and prayers. Your Dad was so warm and generous with me. He was a shining rolemodel to me when I needed it most as were you Grechen and I will remember his warm hugs of incouragement always. all my love, Bethany

    Bethany Meyers-Morris
    November 4, 2014
    Federal, Way, WA, US
  • Having worked with Dave for the last 3 1/2 years has been a pleasure. Dave always had a wonderful outlook on life and always managed to brithten my day. He always provided the support I needed, and I will miss him very much.

    Dave spoke of his family often and enjoyed being with them as much as possible. I’m so sorry that Dave is no longer physically with us, but I can’t help but feel that he will always be with us in our hearts.

    Dave, I will always remimber the help you provided and our friendship, “May GOD Bless You”.

    Glenn E. Maiden
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • Getty, Peter, Kristen & Kelly

    My heart is sad and yet rejoices. I will truley miss my Uncle David. Yet I know I will be rejoiceing with him when I see Jesus. I know all who have met my uncle will take a

    piece of his kindness, a piece of his serventhood, a piece of his sport enthuism and pass it around to other. I thank the Lord for letting me have a wonderful uncle.

    My prayers are with you. cousin Cindy

    Cindy Utecht
    November 4, 2014
    W., Richland, WA, US
  • Gretchen,

    We have always had the highest regard for David, you and your family. We will miss seeing him and his camera at the various Richland Lutheran and Lambie events. I know my parents are deeply grieving the loss of a dear friend. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Let us know if there is anyway we can help in the coming months.

    Karla and Paul Gaither
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • He was a great man. I will remmeber him for his great smile. And his love of photography.

    Duffy Mahoney
    November 4, 2014
    Pullman, WA, US
  • After all these years I still remember Dave from high school, and it saddens me to know he has passed. Dave was a great guy, and I know he will be sorely missed. My condolences to all his family and friends.

    David M. Hanthorn
    November 4, 2014
    Mercer, Island, WA, US
  • David was always smiling, like he knew something good was happening all the time.

    Earl C. Bennett, III
    November 4, 2014
    Reva, VA, US
  • I remember David from church along time ago, and even remember when Gretchen & Dave got married.

    My thoughts are with every family member.

    Yvonne Marie Ling Deshayes
    November 4, 2014
    Los, Alamos, NM, US
  • Gretchen & family,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. David was a wonderful man who will be dearly missed by many. RLC won’t be the same without him.

    You are continually in my prayers.

    Jenny Page
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • My deepest condolence to David’s family. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Jeanie Walsh 63

    Jeanie Walsh
    November 4, 2014
    Simi, Valley, CA, US
  • Thanks Dave for being such a great example to those of us that had the privilege of being your friend.. We will miss that wonderful laugh of yours, your sense of humor, and the thoughtful things you always do for others.

    Dick & Linda Boehning
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Condolences…from the Col-Hi Richland Class of 1964

    Gary Behymer
    November 4, 2014
    Colfax, WA, US
  • Our deepest sympathies to your family. Keith Hunter class of 63..

    Keith Hunter
    November 4, 2014
    Palmdale, CA, US
  • My condolences to Gretchen and all of the family from a fellow ’63 graduate. Thinking of you at this time…..

    Susan Sherwood

    Susan Sherwood Nulman
    November 4, 2014
    Providence, RI, US