David Elton Fisher

David Elton Fisher, 65, died of complications from cancer on Aug. 22, 2008, at his home in Hoquiam, Wash., attended by his wife, Jenny, and daughter, Kelly. David was born in Douglas, Mich., on April 16, 1943, to Elton and Lucy Fisher, who preceeded him in death. His family moved to Oregon in 1953, where he graduated as Salutatorian from Phoenix High School in 1961. He attended SOC in Ashland, Ore., and served a four-year term as an Electronics Technician in the U.S. Navy, including a tour in Vietnam. Dave and Jenny moved to Roseburg in 1973, where Dave worked as an Engineering Technician for ODOT until they moved to Hoquiam in 1985. An avid long distance runner, David participated in many runs, including several annual Pear Blossom runs in Medford. He started and sponsored the Mayor's Cup run in Hoquiam, an annual event to encourage children to participate. For 13 years he bought a trophy and awarded the school with the most attendance at the run with a cash donation to their library. David also served on the advisory board of the local newspaper before he retired in 2005 when his health turned. He spent most of his post-retirement years traveling, gardening, reading, and enjoying his two grandchildren and daily walks with his wife and dog, Tuck.

In addition to his wife of 34 years, Jenny, David is survived by his daughter, Kelly (Ralph) Hogaboom, and grandchildren, Sophie and Nels of Hoquiam, Wash.; son, Billy Fisher, and stepdaughter, Juliet Cardinal, of Portland, Ore.; brother, Roger Fisher, sister-in-law Debbie; sister, Cathe Fisher, all of Eagle Point, Ore.; nieces, Brenda Fisher of Rogue River, Ore., and Leslie Bowman, of Medford, Ore.; and nephew, Mark Willrett of Klamath Falls, Ore.

A memorial service will take place in early Septemberm date and location to be announced. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) and friends are welcome to sign the guest book at www.mailtribune.com.

Dave will long be remembered by his close friends and family for his fabulous sense of humor, spontaneous wit, and kind nature. The Fisher family gives our sincere thanks to all who stood by them in David's last years.