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David Alan Tuttle

January 30, 1949 — June 14, 2017

David A. Tuttle (Age 68) Lt. Colonel (Ret) Born January 30, 1949 in Bremerton, Washington to Dr. Jay and Helen (Rompel) Tuttle; David Alan Tuttle died peacefully on June 14, 2017 after courageously living with Lewy Body Disease. As David’s father served in the military, David grew up in various parts of this country and spent time in Nuremberg, Germany as a child. They eventually settled in Missouri where he graduated from Fulton High School 1967 and earned a BA at the University of Missouri 1971. David later earned an AA in computer science at SCC 1983. David’s military career began 1971 in the Air Force – pilot training in Valdosta, Georgia. He was stationed at Fairchild and to stay in this area, which he loved, he transferred to the Washington Air National Guard in 1979 where he flew KC-135 tankers. David served his country in both Vietnam and the Persian Gulf. He retired from the Guard after 26 years, doing what he loved. In 1993, David married the love of his life, Barbara May Tuttle. Together with family and friends they enjoyed biking, snowshoeing, Bloomsday, traveling and sailing their “K-Syrah” on Lake Pend Oreille. He was a quiet, gentle and patient man who loved his house, garden and sailboat – all of which he worked on and improved constantly. There was not much at which David didn’t excel. David was preceded in death by his parents and in-laws, George and Ethel May. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of 24 years; his two wonderful brothers Dr. Jay Tuttle (Gay) in San Marcos, CA. and Ron Tuttle, Ph.D. (Janette) in Sugar Loaf Key, FL. He is also survived by many sisters & brothers-in-law, numerous special nieces and nephews in Spokane and throughout the country and his favorite furry-footed-one, Abby – who wanders the house looking for her “lap”. Barbara would like to thank family, friends and medical staff who provided incredible support during this journey. Special thanks to Dr. Michael Stephens and Shari, his many caregivers - especially our angels Lynette and Bill, and Hospice of Spokane for their gentle and compassionate care provided to David and his family the last few days of his life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Spokane. A military service at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake will be scheduled later this summer.
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