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David Loran Shipway

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
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David was born January 2, 1943, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Loran and Eva Mae “Mickey” Shipway. He reached eternal cruising altitude November 4, 2018, in Kirkland, Washington. He is survived by Linda, his  daughters Dawn (Michael), Heather (Dave), and Rebekka (Greco), his first granddaughter Maya, his second granddaughter, Stella Mae (due in January), and his sister Lynda. He was first a Packers fan, then a Seahawks fan, a Mariners fan, and an inaugural season-ticket holder for the MLS Sounders,.
David and his family moved to Roseburg, Oregon, in 1948, resided for a short time in Burien, Washington, and then settled down on Hollywood Hill in Woodinville in November of 1951. He attended Woodinville School, Anderson School (for one year) and Bothell High (receiving a diploma in 1961). David went from being a Cougar to being a Husky, graduating from the University of Washington in 1967 with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
 
David met Linda Presser at Anderson School in 1957 and they were married on August 14, 1964. 
 
He  was still a student at the University of Washington when he started working at Boeing (1965), retiring in 2001. While at Boeing, he was one of the “Incredibles,” working on 747 avionics.  In 1978, 1979, and 1980, he assisted in the construction of Chiang Kai-Shek International Airport in Taipei, Taiwan, designing and installing fire-control systems and reader-board signs.
 
His 36-year Boeing career was overlapped by his 30-plus-year avocation as a youth-softball and youth-soccer coach and he was president of the Northshore Youth Soccer Association for 13 years. David was named “Coach of the Year” and “Administrator of the Year” by the Washington State Youth Soccer Association and spent the last third of his coaching career at Cedar Park Christian High School.
 
He was known by many titles and nicknames (“Opa,” “Papa Dave,” “Coach Dave,”). Somewhere up there in Heaven, he’s probably also having Dim Sum with his “brother” Nelson Seto, listening to his mother sing, and talking to Erwin Schrödinger about his cat.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Washington Cathedral at 12300 Redmond-Woodinville Road NE in Redmond on December 15th at 1:30.
 
David’s family would like to t   hank the staff at Evergreen Hospital, Madison House, and Evergreen Hospice. In lieu of flowers, a donation in David’s name to the American Heart Association would be appreciated.

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