David S. Foley
Broadcaster, Boater, Barkeep Dave was born in Seattle, Wash., on November 3, 1925, the only child of Arthur B. and Esther Ann Foley and passed away on October 3, 2016, in San Diego, California. He grew up in Wilbur, Washington graduating from Wilbur High School during WWII. In his early teens, Dave was an electronic techie with a "First Phone". As a young ham operator, he exchanged cards with operators across the country, communicating in dots and dashes, one of the B's that defined his life - BROADCASTING. He recently found one of his cards for sale on EBay. After high school he went to Seattle, and was introduced to a long-shoreman who suggested he apply for a job as a ship's radio operator, was hired, became a Merchant Marine and began work on runs from Seattle to Alaska until the war ended. In 1945 he married Elizabeth (Betty) Duggan, the daughter of the longshoreman. In port in Alaska on the day the Japanese surrendered, Dave was handed a handgun by the ship's captain and ordered to go below and guard the liquor cargo. A group of thirsty men decided they would liberate the liquor and celebrate the end of the war. They confronted the radio operator who graciously stepped aside and invited them to help themselves. Dave found an engineering job at KRKO and later worked as an announcer. He and Betty settled in Everett, Wash., where they raised their family. A radio tuned to 1380 was always on at home; when it went off, Dave was in the car headed to what is now Tower Street to get the station back on the air. The Foley house had a variety of electronic gadgets, some home built like the intercom and outdoor loudspeaker to call the kids to dinner, as well as the latest innovations including first in the neighborhood with a television. The basement workbench was always filled with projects and radios needing repair. His experience onboard steamships seeded his interest in the sea, another B – BOATING. Dave bought a leaky bait boat in 1950 which he renamed Susan, the first of five boats that took him and the family fishing and to the San Juans, and later on treks ranging from Ketchikan, Alaska to Cabo, Mexico. He always enjoyed boating for getting away from land to breathe fresh air. In 1959 Dave acquired the Silver King Café in Snohomish, Wash., which he operated into the 1980's. As a BARKEEP, he started with a lunch counter, a couple of booths and a bar overlooking the river. He built the business and expanded it to more than double its size in 1970. Dave was involved in a number of real estate developments in the Snohomish area, including a subdivision on Blackman's Lake. During development, he disturbed a bull frog, picked it up, and wondered what to do – frog legs on the menu or a Frog Jump? The year was 1967 and the first day of Sunday liquor sales was coming up, so he decided on a frog jump to celebrate. (He later introduced frog legs to the menu, which didn't last long.) In 1968 the Frog Jump was expanded as Kla Ha Ya Days, an annual celebration suspended during WWII. Dave was a civic leader in Snohomish, serving on the Planning Commission, various community boards and committees. He also worked with other merchants in the Snohomish area to organize First Heritage Bank of Snohomish, where he sat on the initial Board of Directors. He hosted countless meetings to discuss parking problems in downtown Snohomish, which he always said was a good problem to have. In 1977 he bought a sailboat business in San Diego and moved there in 1986. He sold that business in 1989 and retired to his computer, betting on ponies at Del Mar and stocks on Wall Street, with opera playing in the background. He and Carol spent winters on Blackjack in Mexico and travelled the world on freighters. He is survived by his wife, Carol,; sons, Michael (Leslie) and Patrick (Susan), daughters, Susan (Jim) Sullivan and Janet; grandchildren, David (Katy), Maggie, Nate and Colin Foley-Kloes, and stepchildren, Kevin and Steve (Kelly) Atteberry and Heather (Clete) Pung. The family will hold a celebration of life for Dave at 2:00 p.m., November 13, 2016, in Snohomish at Delta Rehab (1705 Terrace Ave). For information email DSFoley1925@gmail.com or call 619.787.3348.
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