Obituary: David Robertson Chapman (Oct. 2, 1934 – June 1, 2012)

Written by Submitted June 14, 2012 12:00 am

David Robertson Chapman, 77, peacefully passed away on June 1, 2012, with his dog Keesha and companion Dolores Earl by his side. Prior to his passing, each of David’s children were able to spend quality time with him.

David was born on October 2, 1934, in Dayton, Ky., the second child born to Fred and Martha Chapman. As a young man, David joined the military, first serving in the U.S. Army, and then the U.S. Air Force, where he served his country for over 20 years.

David married Betty Jean Fague and they had four children: Michael, Scott, Richard and Tracy.

David moved many places throughout his military service, finally being stationed at the Klamath Air Force Base in 1970. He never wanted his children to live on a military base: he made his home in Crescent City. From the moment he pulled up to the Crescent City lookout, he knew he had found a place to call home for the rest of his life. David was actively involved in scouting while his children were growing up and even climbed to the top of Mount McLoughlin, a heroic feat for a man fearful of heights. In the past, David was very involved with the Lions Club, holding several offices on both the local and national levels. David was an avid listener to public radio and was profoundly thoughtful. He could hold rational and intelligent conversations of most any event that occurred throughout history or modern times. One of his greatest personal accomplishments was graduating from College of the Redwoods when he was 45 years old. David said that age should never be a barrier to obtaining goals.

After retiring from service in 1970, David and Betty became commercial fishers on the F/V Fat Cat. After fishing for several years, David started working for a local hardware store, then ran a heating service. Although David eventually sold the heating business, he was always Johnny-on-the-spot to anyone who called for his assistance.

David was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1994. The progression of the disease eventually prevented him from working.

David and Betty divorced and he entered into a domestic partnership with Mary Nastiuk.

They eventually married. However, following their separation in 2004, David moved with Dolores Earl, a friend of 36 years, who greatly assisted him during the last few years of his life. Dolores doted on David, for which the family is grateful. David touched a lot of people throughout his years within the Crescent City community and beyond. Those who knew him well are too numerous to mention by name and the family wishes they could acknowledge each and every one in person, as they so greatly enriched David’s life. David will be remembered by his many friends for his integrity, generosity, and his incredible sense of humor. David took a dollar bill with him as an affirmation that you can take it with you.

David was preceded in death by his parents and older brother Tom, his former wife Betty, and his eldest son Michael. Survivors include his children, three grandchildren, Lauren, Tyler and Tristan; three great-grandchildren, Evelyn, Kassi, and Mikhail; friend Patti Tiso, spouse Mary; his devoted dog Keesha; his companion Dolores and her son Jason.

David did not wish for a service to be conducted. In his honor, watch a sunset along the beach front, raise a toast to the good days gone by, or share a remembrance of his life with a friend. Farewell, David. Thank you for your service to our country.

— Submitted by Family