Feb. 22, 1955 - May 4, 2012
David William Boone, 57, long-time Homer, Alaska, resident, died Friday, May 4, 2012, from injuries sustained in an excavating accident.
Dave was born Feb. 22, 1955, in Southwick, Idaho, on his grandparents' farm. He moved with his parents to Walla Walla, Washington, and graduated from WaHi in 1973. He attended the University of Idaho where he graduated with a degree in Fisheries Wildlife Management in 1977. He married Marcia Flakus later that year, and they moved to Alaska, settling in Homer where they lived and raised their two sons, Corey and Brady. He worked for many years in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska with Schlumberger Oilfield Services, before fulfilling his long-time dream in 1986 of becoming a commercial fisherman in Bristol Bay. In addition to his commercial fishing, Dave operated a snow removal business in winter and he and Marcia owned The Highliner House cabin rentals in Homer.
Dave was a passionate hunter, fisherman, snowmachiner, golfer, and loved anything outdoors. He especially enjoyed fishing with Marcia and his sons for king salmon on the Kenai River, then moose and sheep hunting in the fall. On the morning he died, Dave was so excited to hear he had finally been drawn for a coveted Wyoming Big Horn Sheep permit after 16 years of applying. He enjoyed spending as much time as possible with family and friends, always ready to plan the next adventure! In recent years, he and Marcia spent part of each winter at their second home in Arizona where they played golf and made many new friends from around the country.
Dave was a very loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He had a passion for life and lived every day to its fullest. He would fish 24-7 when the kings were running off the Anchor River, even when his fishing mates were begging for a break. You just never knew when the bite would come on, but most likely it was 4 a.m. or earlier. He attacked his renewed love of golf with that same gusto and his goal was to shoot a round under 80. No doubt he'd have reached that goal with a little more time. He gave his sons so many moments to cherish forever and they will be his living legacy. He was an inspiration, confidant, leader, and the rock that his family leaned on. We love him dearly and will hold him in our hearts forever.
Dave is survived by his wife, Marcia; son, Corey; daughter-in-law, Alison; granddaughter, Emmie Claire; son, Brady; future daughter-in-law Rhianna Carr; father, Bill Boone and Sharon Thompson, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and close friends . His mother Nina preceded him in death in 2002.
Memorial Services will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, May 12, at the Homer United Methodist Church, 770 East End Road, Homer, Alaska. All friends of Dave and the family are invited to share in the celebration of Dave's life. The family plans to spread some of his ashes over the many places that he loved and enjoyed so much.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Dave may be made in his name to the non-profit organization, Hunt-of-a-Lifetime, (www.huntofalifetime.org), whose mission is to grant hunting and fishing dreams for children who have been diagnosed with life threatening illnesses.