Jan. 23, 1956 — Feb. 20, 2016
David Dunagan was born on Jan. 23, 1956, just ahead of his twin brother, Dale, to parents Dot and Fritz. He was joined by an older brother, Jim, and a half-sister, Betty. Fritz raised the boys to love fishing, clam digging and being outdoors. The twins in particular were inseparable growing up.
After graduating from Astoria High School in 1974, David attended Devry College in Arizona. In 1978, David married his first wife Marjo Rahkola. On May 21, 1980, his son, Griffin, was born. As Griffin grew up, David passed on his love for fishing and clam digging, where he spent a lot of time with his son.
In 1985, David met Stephanie Phillipakis. After a three-year courtship, they married in 1988. Stephanie’s big Greek family was larger than life. Her father Gus, mother Beneva, and husband Pete Crisp earned his love and respect very early. Stephanie’s brother Constantine, and sisters Connie and Sia, spent a lot of time with him and were part of their large holiday celebrations.
In 1994, David followed in his father’s footsteps joining the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. David had long sought a career as an electrician, and was elated to pursue a career as an electrician. In 2003, he founded Clatsop Electric, and he took great pride in being an electrical contractor. It also gave David an opportunity most fathers dream of, a chance to work with his son Griffin.
On Oct. 14, 2007, Griffin and his wife, Kristin, brought Brock Dunagan in this world. One of David’s greatest joys in the world was the time he was able to spend with Brock and Stephanie at their home.
David possessed a true gift for gab and truly enjoying talking with friends and family. He was a dog lover who had German Shepherds most of his life. His beloved Loocy Loo, a rat terrier, was a departure from the German Shepherds before her. He spent virtually every minute of his time amongst his family.
David is survived by a family who has always supported him. His wife Stephanie Dunagan; son Griffin and his wife, Kristin, who was invaluable help to Stephanie, David and Griffin; grandson Brock; big brother Jim and his wife Christine and their son Kyle; nephew Sean Dunagan; cousin Sandra Caruthers; cousin Cynde Parks and her husband Jim; nephews Randy Hard, Fred Hard and Fred’s son Cody; as well as all of their extended families. Also, his family through marriage, Pete and Beneva Crisp, Anastasia and Carl Haberberger, Connie Phillipakis, Constantine Phillipakis, Don and Renay Patterson, Sophia and Britt Jacobs, Karen and Marty Flynn, Ashley Nimmo, Kate and John Wheeler and all their families. We also thank the crew of Clatsop Electric and Stephanie’s Cabin.
There will be a celebration of life on Saturday, March 5, at 1 p.m. at Stephanie’s Cabin Restaurant. Friends and family are invited to come share your memories over brunch. We cannot say thank you enough for all the love and support we have received.