January 12th, 2019
Thank you to everyone who attended Dave's memorial. A coworker, friend and sailor who's perpetual smile and great enthusiasm is missed at ISC.
David Joseph Chance passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 21, 2018. Born September 24, 1954 in El Paso Texas to Barbara and Joe Chance, David spent his early years moving around in a military family. Most notably, he spent several years as a child living in Okinawa, Japan before moving to Northern California. He loved living in South Lake Tahoe, where he married, became a father, and enjoyed a daily life of skiing and adventure. Although he considered himself first and foremost a Texan, it was Oregon where he made his home for the last 30 years and chose to raise his family.
A life-long learner, David pursued anything and everything that interested him. He was a trumpet player since his youth, eventually mastering many instruments throughout his life. After high school, he attended the California Maritime Academy, where he honed his sailing skills and his love of the open waters. Over the years, he also learned various trades including animal healthcare, horticulture, auto mechanics, and computer technology. His final years returned him to what had always been his greatest passion, sailing. He was a beloved team member of the Island Sailing Club, working between Portland, Olympia and Kirkland. These last few years were among the happiest of his life.
David is survived by his wife of 34 years, Candice of Oregon City; his daughter, Stephanie of Sacramento; and his son, Robert Tyler of San Diego. He is also survived by his sister, Patricia, brother-in-law Dacey, and their family of Winters, CA. He will be missed by MANY dear friends along the entire West Coast.