David Tucker, beloved husband, father and grandfather and a lifelong University of Michigan fan, passed away on March 27th, 2018, in Meridian, ID, at the age of 74.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Dave was the eldest of nine siblings. At 18 he enlisted in the Navy, where he spent the next 5 years mainly serving onboard the “USS Observation Island” in the Pacific, having been proud to have become a “Shellback”.
After his Naval Service, Dave returned to Detroit and worked for Michigan Bell, where he met his future wife, Shirley. Their first date was a result of a lost football bet, that only later was revealed to have been rigged by a fellow coworker, and friend of Dave’s, giving Shirley bad advice on odds. From then on she was never able to resist his gorgeous smile, or his charming sense of humor, as he would happily tell others. They were married in 1978, before moving to Arizona to start a family.
While living in Phoenix, Dave and Shirley were blessed with two children, Ryan and Megan, and Dave happily adjusted to the western landscapes and lifestyle that he had loved from the cowboy movies of his youth. To his children’s’ chagrin, even after 13 years in the Southwest, he never picked up a word of Spanish, or a taste for spicy foods, making Arizona restaurant visits an embarrassing reoccurring experience, but now a fond family memory.
In 1992, after a family road trip to the Northwest where Dave and family were enchanted by the green forests of Oregon, they relocated to Astoria, Oregon, where Dave continued to work for the telephone company and became a volunteer firefighter and a precinct committee member for the Republican Party.
The family moved to Boise, Idaho in 1999. Dave retired from the telephone company several years later and took up his dream job as groundskeeper for Hillcrest Golf Course and later with Indian River Golf Course. Most recently, he was a courier for Mountain West Bank. Dave loved Idaho, and became actively involved with the community in a number of ways. He enjoyed growing out his beautiful lush beard to be a volunteer Santa Claus for several charities including the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program and HOPE House and many special families throughout the valley. He was a strong supporter of the Wyakin Warrior Project and a member of the American Legion. He was honored to serve in both the Idaho House and Senate as a stand-in official, to “single handedly keep the state running”, when good friend, Marv Hagedorn, was called away during the session.
Dave loved golf, movies, crossword puzzles, and most importantly, University of Michigan football (GO BLUE!). He was an expert on the Civil War, a self-appointed unofficial Vernor’s Ginger Ale marketing rep, and enjoyed nothing more that lovingly tormenting his small granddaughters, particularly by trying to steal their toes.
Dave is survived by his wife of 40 years, Shirley; children: Ryan and Megan (Scot); granddaughters: Savannah and Keaton; brothers: Tim, Robert, Jeffrey and Kerry, and sisters: Karen, Ruth, Judy and Joan. He is predeceased by his mother and father and brother, Michael. From Michigan, to Arizona, to Oregon, to Idaho, his friendship and generosity will be missed.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations made to HOPE House and the Wyakin Warrior Project.