Dave was born July 14, 1947 in Bonners Ferry, Idaho to Forrest and Vera (Wickersham) Sund. A short time later, Dave was joined by a sister Genelle “Pete” who was his sidekick growing up in Moyie Springs and on the family ranch near the Yaak. Dave attended school in Bonners Ferry until the family relocated to Thompson Falls in the fall of 1962 where the family owned and operated the local Phillips 66 service station.
As a teen and later a young adult, Dave gladly spent his spare time working by the side of his “Pop” at the service station where he learned how to mechanic and bookkeep. Dave attended Thompson Falls High School graduating in the class of 1965. It was during those years that Dave’s countless hours of piano practice came to good use as he excelled as a young musician. Dave found some of his greatest joy playing his trumpet and the piano in his dance band the “Off Beats.”
Directly after high school Dave enlisted in the United States Air Force and was eager to serve his country. He was stationed in numerous locations, namely Riverside, Calif. and Omaha, Neb. Dave served overseas shortly after his enlistment and spent from 1967-1971 in Southeast Asia. During this time, not only did Dave receive numerous honors for his work as an Aerospace Photographic Systems Repairman but also became very fond of good Thai food…a food his family could never quite perfect despite his many cravings.
Dave was honorably discharged from the Air Force in December 1973. He met the love of his life Linda Schwaller in 1972 while stationed in Omaha. The two were married April 20, 1974 in Omaha. The day after they were married Dave packed a very homesick Linda and their belongings and headed west for Montana where they have lived for the past 41 years. Dave introduced Linda to the beautiful wonders of Montana where he shared his enthusiasm for hunting, camping, fishing and snowmobiling.
With much excitement Dave and Linda welcomed their first daughter Abby, January 7, 1977. March 5, 1982 the family was complete with the birth of a second daughter, Maggie. Dave reenlisted in the Army National Guard in 1989 and served until his retirement in 2001. Throughout his life, Dave never lost his love for the outdoors and spent many hours outside either fishing or tinkering on one of his many inventions in “the shed.” He took great pride teaching his daughters the proper way of casting and baiting the hook on their many fishing adventures. Dave also shared the love of reading with his daughters and granddaughters and until the end could be found with numerous books by his side. He was known to read several books in one week and always had the next book waiting for him on his kindle.
Dave retired from the City of Thompson Falls in the summer of 2011. He spent his short retirement reading, relaxing and never missing his morning “cruise” of the town in his effort to keep up with what was going on in Thompson Falls. Dave had the biggest of hearts and was known for his kindness and sense of humor. He spoke highly and often of the good times he had over the years hunting, fishing and playing in the outdoors with his many good friends. He enjoyed hours of sitting outside talking to his sons-in-law about his “secret” fishing holes and his time in the military. But most of all, Dave loved listening and watching his granddaughters play, grow and explore. In his last days, it was his granddaughters who could always bring a smile to his face.
Dave was preceded in death by his father Forrest “Pop” Sund, his mother Vera Sund and his brother-in-law Mike Rogers. He is survived by his wife Linda at the family home in Thompson Falls, daughter Abby (Neil) Harnett and daughter Maggie (Shawn) McGillis also of Thompson Falls; three granddaughters who were the light of his life Olivia, Callie and Kelci; his sister, Pete Rogers of Forks, Washington and special nieces Leslie, Libby and Mikki.
Services will be held Thursday, March 19, at 11 a.m. at St. William Catholic Church. A graveside military service will be held immediately after at the Whitepine Cemetery followed by a luncheon back at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either the Thompson Falls School Library or the Thompson Falls City Library in honor of Dave’s lifelong love of reading. Arrangements have been entrusted to Sunset Hills Funeral Home.