David L. Graham


Posted: Sunday, January 22, 2006


  David L. Graham

David L. Graham

Longtime Kasilof resident David L. Graham died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2006 from pancreatic cancer at his home. He was 56.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 at the Immanuel Baptist Church, Mile 15 Kalifornsky Beach Road in Kenai. Pastor Raymond Boutwell will officiate. A memorial potluck will immediately follow the service at the church. Military honors will be performed by the VFW Post No. 10046 and the American Legion Post No. 20. A celebration of life will be held at the VFW at a later date to be announced at the memorial service.

Mr. Graham was born Jan. 23, 1949, in Vancouver, Wash. He joined the U.S. Army on Feb. 1, 1967, serving one year in Vietnam until he was honorably discharged on Jan. 30, 1970. Mr. Graham moved to Kasilof in 1980. He enjoyed safety meetings, playing banjo, traveling, camping, gold panning and being outdoors.

The family wrote, “My dad loved watching sunsets.”

Mr. Graham once said, “Watching the sunset is my time to stop and think about all the gifts God has given me and how truly lucky I am.”

Mr. Graham was preceded in death by his mother, Lucina Byington; father, Dallas Graham, Jr.; and sister, Juanita King.

He is survived by his daughters; Leha Graham and Lori Anderson, both of Kasilof; grandsons, Domonique Essig of Soldotna and Daniel and Jessie Graham, both of Kasilof; granddaughter, Mersady Anderson of Kasilof; brother and sister in-law, Steve and Kim Graham of Kasilof; brother, Ron Graham of Kasilof; sisters Denise Harrell of Kasilof and Diana Jenson of Bonnie Lake, Wash.; uncles and aunts, “Bub” and Bonnie Moore of Kasilof and Pat and Donna Gorden of Soldotna; uncle, Rusty Moore of Kasilof; and aunts, Betty Madison of Hoquiam, Wash., and Colleene Danner of Aberdeen, Wahs..

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Graham’s memory to the VFW Post No. 10046, 134 Birch Lane, Soldotna, AK 99669.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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