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David Wayne Reeves

June 4, 1955 — October 21, 2022

David Wayne Reeves was born in San Francisco, California on June 4, 1955 to Thomas (Bud) and Helen Reeves. In 1969, Bud moved his family to Poulsbo. Norma Hanson was David’s bus driver and one look at that cute boy, she knew she needed to introduce Norene to him. When David got on the bus the next day and Norene saw him she was permanently smitten, they had a more on than off love affair for 53 years.


David graduated from North Kitsap High School in 1974, and went right to work for the Washington State Ferries, where he spent 33 years, twenty four of which was in Eagle Harbor with the shore gang. After a horrific car accident, David began to earn certificates on environmental practice and safety. David soon became a State Ferry safety officer, a job that he loved until his retirement. After his retirement, David began a career working as a government contractor as a safety officer and construction superintendent. David thrived in his job, gaining respect with everything he did.


David and Norene got married on January 5, 1985, with Larry “Bones” Anderson officiating. They always said that their honeymoon, in an old motorhome at Stevens Pass was their greatest married memory (other than kid's births). They froze, laughed, skied, laughed more and had an amazing time.


Their first child, Mikal William-Erling was born August 3, 1986 and David became the most attentive, loving and happy Dad. November 8, 1988, they welcomed son #2, Jeffrey Thomas-Weldon. The peace and quiet in the Reeves home ended the day Jeffrey came home! Ingrid Evelyn was born December 17, 1990, giving David his little angel girl. David and his sons became involved with Royal Rangers, with David as a commander. Each boy reached the pinnacle with Rangers, earning their Gold Medal of Achievement. Ingrid joined Missionettes earning her Honor Star. The Reeves children also joined the swim team, making David a swim dad. The kids swam for 12 years, ending with the gold medal team, Tacoma Swim Club. To pay for this expensive team, David worked 12-14 hour days, seven days a week. The kids’ swimming abilities were a huge source of pride for David and he tried not to miss swim meets. 


In 1979, Norene talked David into trying skiing with her dad, Earl Hanson and his ski partner, Phil Campbell. All it took was that one day, and David became a ski freak, living for the winter when he could ski with Earl and Phil until their retirement. David tried a day of skiing with his Royal Ranger buddies Bob Lashinski and Mark Logue. Bob and David became ski partners for the remainder of David’s life. David “hoarded” his time off to make sure he had enough time to ski with Bob. David taught Ingrid how to ski and, much like her dad, is a ski freak. David taught Landon how to ski and snowshoe up at Hurricane Ridge and loved his time with them in the mountains.


David is survived by his wife of almost 38 years (53 total), Norene, sons Mikal Reeves, Jeffrey Reeves, and daughter Ingrid Reeves. Grandchildren Landon, Ella Emel and Cash Branes. David and Norene “adopted” MANY children into their lives: Robyn Johns, Allysa Bowman, Debi Auerbach-Panning, Jessica Halverson, Clay Branes, Levi Leider, Kristianna Hardning, Ryan Garcia, Brandon Coulter, Dan Vogel, Jackie Christopherson, Alex Rae, Luke Demick, Natalie Magnus, and Lindsey Kravitz Honorary grandkids: Riley Buendicho, Charlie and Gevie Harding, Stella and Desmond Kravitz and Miranda Christopherson. David is also survived by his sister Pamela Kirkland, and numerous nieces and nephews.


Arrangements are entrusted to the Cook Family Funeral Home of Bainbridge Island.

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