David Bartlett

David Wayne Bartlett

Monday, October 22nd, 1951 - Saturday, October 5th, 2019
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David Wayne Bartlett, age 67, longtime Oak Harbor resident, passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Skagit Valley Hospital. As a fervent believer, he looked forward to meeting his Lord.
David was born in Portland, OR, on October 22, 1951 to Elmo and Mariam (Banks) Bartlett. The family moved to Cheney, WA, where David attended school and graduated from Cheney High with a passion for music. Immediately after, he entered the United States Navy and served honorably for twenty-two years. He retired in 1992 as an Electronics Technician.
Being a people person David enjoyed the opportunities and comradery of military life: he learned his trade (He was a techie from the word reboot); he saw parts of the world and created lifelong friendships. The challenges of military life he took in stride—for the love of his country, for those with whom he served, and those for whom he served. David was first stationed on Adak, AK, where his son was born. He spent the remainder of his career at NAS Whidbey, fulfilling assignments with ACD, VAQ-134, NAMTRADET, VAQ-140, SEAOPDET, and lastly AIMD. Highlights from those commands included seeing the Arizona Memorial, visiting Israel, and walking in the footsteps of St. Paul.
David married Valma Vallquist on May 15, 1982, in Oak Harbor. He loved his family and playing bass with the church worship team. He admired horses, motorcycles, and airplanes. The B-17G especially fascinated him, and it was a dream come true when he flew in the B-17 Sentimental Journey. He also sang with Whidbey Community Chorus and was a member of Church on the Rock.
David is survived by his wife Valma; son Douglas Bartlett; daughter-in-law Kim, and three treasured grandchildren: Coral, Alexzander, and Sophia; brothers Robert and Jim, and sister Kathy; also cherished aunts, cousins, nieces, and a nephew. A Celebration of Life will take place at Church on the Rock, Oak Harbor on Wednesday October 16, 2019 at 2:30, preceded by a private family graveside at Maple Leaf Cemetery, with Military Honors by the NAS Whidbey Island Honor Guard. Family and friends are encouraged to share memories and condolences at
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    Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 | 2:30pm
    Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 2:30pm
    Church on the Rock
    1780 SE 4th Ave.
    OAK HARBOR, WA 98277
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  • Interment

    Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 1:00pm
    Maple Leaf Cemetery
    Address Not Available
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    Private Family Graveside Service


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Bonnie Abraham

Posted at 11:03am
Valma and Family,
I am so sorry for the loss of you Gentle Giant. I know, however, that he was able to run into the arms of Jesus, to worship Him for eternity, and to play bass in the Heavenly Host band! I will greatly miss the big smile and bear hugs he provided every time I saw him. He was a true man of God and his positivity was infectious. Even through the poor prognosis and failed treatments, David always kept his faith and trusted in the Lord.
I have already missed worship team with Dave and the group, but am sad that I will not see him when we return to Oak Harbor to visit. Rachael thought of David as a grandpa and we loved the encouragement that he provided for her in her music and school. Not only did David touch the lives of us grownups, but that of our teenager. Rachael and I will not be able to attend the Celebration of Dave's life, but know that we will keep Valma and their family lifted up in our prayers and thoughts. Please know that we are truly honored to have called David our brother in Christ!

Bonnie Abraham

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