A Sacred Moment


David Harold Propst

January 26, 1944 - December 28, 2018

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David Harold Propst

Beloved Husband, Father and Grandfather

January 26, 1944 - December 28, 2018

David passed away in his home surrounded by his loved ones, after a long illness.

He was born to Harold David Propst and Shellamay V. Vanderhoof Propst, in Potlatch Idaho. His mother was living with his grandparents, Henry and Daisy Propst while his father was in the US Army during WWII.

After the War, his father, who had served in the Normandy Invasion in the Army Signal Corps, moved his family to WA state. They eventually settled in Prosser, Benton Co, where he worked as a lineman for the PUD and was a Cattleman. David and his younger brother, Gene, worked on the ranch and attended school in Prosser. His two little sisters were born into the family, Tamara In 1962 and Artemisia in 1966.

David graduated from Prosser High School in 1962. He lettered in Wrestling and was active in the Central Christian Church, becoming the leader of the Christian Youth Organization in the area.

David attended Yakima Valley College for 2 years. It was there that he met his wife, Mary Jo Thomas.

They were married June 14, 1964 in the Central Christian Church in Prosser.

They moved to the Seattle area and had 3 sons. Damon Tavis, born in 1966, Gabriel Elden, born 1968, and Timothy Matthew, born in 1969.

David worked as a Commercial Fisherman in Alaska, and was founder and owner of Aquadyne Enterprises, a metal fabrication business. He designed and manufactured crab and shrimp pots for the commercial and sport fishing industry. After retirement he developed skills in computer graphics and 3D design.

David and Mary Jo built a home in rural Snohomish, and have resided there the past 42 yrs.

David was first and foremost a family man. He loved to spend time with his boys playing board games, and later computer games. He would spend every weekend taking the kids to the movies, game stores, hamburgers. Camping trips, boating and salmon fishing with the whole family were the highlights of every summer and created a tradition passed on to the grandchildren.

He and Mary Jo are members of the Anisahani, Blue Clan Intertribal organization dedicated to preservation and teaching of American Indian Culture. David had much enjoyment in traveling, encampments and participation in Ceremonies over many years as he discovered and honored his Cherokee heritage from his grandmother Daisy Doggett.

He is survived by his wife, sons, and four grandchildren: Dain Allen, Clay David, Reid Matthew and Jenna Rae Propst.

His parents, brother Gene, and sister Tamara Propst Stone preceded him in death.

He is survived by his sister, Artemisa Propst Traver, nephews and nieces Ronnie Traver, Krista Traver Roy, Seth Traver and Madeline Traver, Joshua Stone, Jeremiah Stone and Zach Stone.

And great nephews and niece: Azreal Stone, Kenny Roy Jr and Artemisa Rhiannon Roy, plus daughter in law Cari Rae Propst, brothers in law Gary Stone and Ron Traver.

Our family wishes to express gratitude for the help and support of Evergreen Hospice.

Thank You to everyone who has reached out to us with condolences and support in this most difficult time of deep mourning.

David was a loving person and loved by all. Rest in Peace Beloved. We will meet again.


submitted by Mary Jo Propst


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in David’s name to Evergreen Hospice at: www.evergreenhealth.com/hospice-care,12822 124th Ln NE, Kirkland, WA 98034, 425.899.3300.



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