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David Jolly

David Asher Jolly Jr.

Thursday, March 5th, 1925 - Saturday, March 30th, 2019
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David Asher Jolly, Jr., age 94, was born on March 5, 1925, in Woodland, Washington to David Asher and Beatrice Jenkins Jolly, and died on March 30, 2019, at his home in Coupeville, Washington. He leaves a legacy of love, including his cherished wife of 66 years, Shirley Hartford Jolly and their children, Shari Steece of North Bend, Kathy Jolly of Oak Harbor, David W. Jolly of Vancouver, and Pam and Dave Keck of North Bend, as well as seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Dave was the oldest of 12 children, 11 boys and a girl. He is survived by his sister, Rebecca Copple, and brothers Jim (Yukiko) Jolly, Joe (Gypsy) Jolly, Pete (Laurel) Jolly, Paul Jesse (Karen) Jolly, and Mike (Dee) Jolly, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He grew up hunting, trapping and logging with his father, never losing his love for the woods and the out of doors. It served him well through his career as a civil engineer and land surveyor with Washington State Highways where he learned to love building roads and always had the deepest respect for his crews. He took great pride in his work on several sections of I-5 and was especially proud of I-90 between Issaquah and Snoqualmie Pass. He moved to Whidbey Island in 1975 to become the Island County Engineer for 7 years, finishing his career and enjoying his long retirement here on Whidbey.

His faith in God shone brightly through all he did, and his church service included many different roles. He led as an elder, deacon and small group teacher, took on planning and administration as he designed parking lots, constructed bus stops, and was always willing to serve others -- as pancake chef at men’s bible studies, vacuuming the church sanctuary or serving communion. Whether as a soloist, choir member or small group music minister, Dave’s baritone was a frequent blessing.

Dave was a lifelong Scouter, at both the troop and Council levels, investing time in the lives of countless young men, many of whom he helped toward the rank of Eagle. He worked tirelessly to improve Camp Black Mountain and ultimately earned both the Wood Badge and a Silver Beaver award for lifelong achievement. For many years he was active in PTA, Gideons, Retired Public Employees of Washington, and other local groups and community efforts.

He could fix almost anything, made great applesauce and omelets, and had the “patience of Job.” He was intensely proud of his time in the Army Air Corps as a young man where he got his pilot’s wings (he missed becoming a teenage pilot by 5 days) and trained as a glider pilot shortly before the end of World War II.

After a lifetime of unshakable faith in Jesus, he has gone home. A memorial service will be held at Coupeville Community Bible Church on May 4 at 11:00 am. A private iinterment at Tahoma National Cemetery will honor his memory and service. Arrangements have been made with the assistance of Whidbey Memorial Funeral and Cremation Service.
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    Saturday, May 4th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, May 4th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Coupeville Community Bible CHurch
    Address
    502 NE Otis St.
    COUPEVILLE, WA 98239
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Jim & Yuki Jolly

Posted at 09:24pm
Our condolences to and prayers for Dave's family in this time of bereavement. Brother David was a big pillar of support and affection to us all and we will miss him dearly. We regret that we are unable to join together with you at this time, but please know you are in our thoughts and prayers here. In the Japanese Christian churches it is a tradition to sing the hymn "God be with you till we meet again" at the end of memorial services, and we will sing it in honor of Dave and for you all from here. God continue to bless you in the days to come.
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Williams Family

Posted at 12:06pm
Condolences to the Jolly family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family. Psalms 147:3 says God, "heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds." May God bring you comfort and peace.
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