FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – David (Dave) George Gillette, 56, passed away surrounded by his family on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, Wash.
Dave was born on March 18, 1956, in Conrad, the son of George and Frances Gillette. Dave spent his early years in Valier, Missoula and Plains. He graduated from Plains High School in 1974. He was employed at the Diehl lumber mill in Plains until 1977 when he decided to travel the world to work in the petroleum industry. He had many adventures to places such as Singapore, Brunei and the Philippines. He moved his family to Frenchtown in September 1990. He then worked in the middle east and finally settled in Jakarta, Indonesia. He returned to the United States to be with his family on July 6, 2012.
Dave enjoyed watching all of his children play sports and loved to watch baseball. He loved making breakfast for his children, as well as going on long drives with them. He had a comedic personality and entertained many. He loved to sing and dance and he always had a great time visiting and laughing with his family and friends from all over the world.
Dave is survived by his brother, Bob of Missoula and his sister, Barbara of Frenchtown; his children, Carlo of Killeen, Texas, Mark, JR, Mary and Dulcie of Lynnwood, Wash.: his grandchildren, JP, Khila, Cloud, Ocean, Sky, Aidan, AJ, JayR, Ava and Mila; many nieces and nephews and countless friends all over the world. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Frances and his brothers, Gary, Dean, Keith and Ken and nephews Kent, Dean and Neil.
Dave will be laid to rest with his family at the Plains Cemetery on July 21 at 1 p.m. where a graveside service will be held. To celebrate Dave’s life, there will be a gathering at the home of Buck and Lisa Larson, 204 W. Stanton St., in Plains. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent to the family at bonneywatson.com.
Dave will be greatly missed by his family and friends, but we are comforted knowing that he is forever out of pain, and that we will one day see him again.