David Q. French
June 16, 1940 — June 17, 2020
David Q. French was born June 16. 1940 and raised in the Portland, Ore., area.
He is survived by two sisters, Patricia Henderson and Laurie French, and one brother, Randolph French.
David remained in Oregon for several years after graduating high school and college and then became very involved in sailing and racing sailboats. He moved to Southern California and became a member of Dana Point Yacht Club, where he was involved in racing sailboats and also became involved with the club’s Junior Sailing program. Dave was recruited to work for sail lofts and traveled the west coast designing and selling sails for racing.
Dave returned to the Portland area in the 80s to assist his family with their business and became a member of Portland Yacht Club.
David and his family relocated to Whidbey Island where he was employed at Island Transit for 13 years as a driver, then supervisor.
Dave joined Oak Harbor Yacht Club and, while doing quite a bit of racing, became very involved with the Junior Sailing Program, which brought him a lot of joy.
After several recent months in hospitals and care facilities, Dave passed away quietly at his home June 17, the day after his 80th birthday.
As per David’s wishes, there will be no formal funeral services.
Arrangements entrusted to Wallin Funeral Home, Oak Harbor, Wash. Please visit David’s page in our Book of Memories online at www.wallinfuneralhome.com to share memories and leave condolences.