David Martin stepped beyond his journey with lung cancer at his home early Sunday morning, November 25. Dave was born in Seattle, Washington, where his adventurous spirit first blossomed on the railroad cars he hopped, traveling through the mountains and tunnels of the Cascades. After graduating from Queen Anne High School in 1973, Dave studied forestry and parks and recreation, attaining a degree in 1977. Immediately following, Dave braved the winter road by bike and pedaled to San Diego. This would be the first of many bike adventures, ranging from Mexico to Prince Rupert.
At age 20, Dave settled into his hometown of Birch Bay, working at the state park. Several years later he began building his dream home on Birch Point. Dave turned this home into Half Moon Lodge, hosting events such as weddings and honeymoons. While the home was rented, Dave enjoyed living on his sailboat with his cat Seaweed at Semiahmoo Resort, befriending employees and harbor residents. His contagious laugh will forever braise Semiahmoo’s shores. The closing of the resort coinciding with his passing can be seen as no less than serendipitous.
On sailing adventures, Dave enjoyed exploring the Salish Sea, frequenting its many islands. These adventures spanned 14 years until he was forced to sell the boat in order to keep his property, which kept him busy and gainfully satisfied for the rest of his years, eventually being the send off space for his intergalactic liftoff into the Great Divine.
Dave is survived by his brother Gary of Birch Bay and his sister Nancy of Cashmere. He will also be missed by his kitties, Rooster, Wishbone, and Uncle Spirit, who will enjoy the rest of their years on the property.
The location and time of a Memorial Celebration will be announced shortly. We are currently looking for a suitable space for Saturday, December 8, Dave’s birthday.