David Marion Doolen, 66, passed away March 24, 2014 at his home in Anchorage, Alaska. David was born March 11, 1948 to the late Horace and Barbara Doolen in Medford, Oregon.
He graduated from Medford High School in 1966 and attended the University of Oregon, majoring in Political Science. Seeking new adventures, he moved to Alaska in 1976. He married Dale Suzanne Balog November 5, 1976 in Seward, Alaska.
David was a member of Carpenters Local #1281, the National Association of Home Builders, and the Anchorage Homebuilders Association. His enthusiasm for building began in 1974 and he soon became an accomplished master carpenter and owner of two construction companies, specializing in energy efficient homes and remodels, his own home being a testament to his attention to detail and artistic vision. It was also featured in the Anchorage Solar Tour. He loved sharing his knowledge and expertise with others and was often quoted in Alaska Home Magazine and other publications. David was a frequent vendor at the Anchorage Home Show and "go to" guy for the many building questions he received from friends and family.
His family wrote, "David had a passion for the outdoors and was an avid cross-country skier, mountain biker, hiker, and all around adventurer, even going so far as to learn to ride a unicycle at age 65. Not one to pass up an opportunity to hike in the Chugach mountains or participate in a cross-country ski race, he led a life full of exciting experiences. He took fashion cues from no one, supported his wife and daughter's horse habit, enjoyed craft beer, political conversations, road trips, and had a particular fondness for anything chocolate."
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Dale Doolen; his beloved daughter, Brena Suzanne Doolen; sisters, Sue Donna Doolen and Margaret Doolen of Portland, Ore. and
Rosemary Wood of Salem, Ore.
A memorial party will be held June 14, 2014 at the Doolen