David Austin Longfellow, known by his friends as Easy, 74, passed away on Sept. 8, 2016, in his home in Kenai. He was preceded in death by his father, Austin; mother, June; sister, Karen; and his ex-wife, Dorothy. David grew up in the little town of Mehama, Oregon, graduating high school in Stayton, Oregon. David enlisted in the army in 1961, and was transferred to Germany. He was assigned into the 94th Engineers, where he excelled as a mechanic. Honorably discharged in 1966, he came back to his home state of Oregon. Pursuing his career in mechanics, he worked for others until he opened his own mechanic shop. He came to Alaska first in the late '60s to do some volunteering. He fell in love with the state, in the early '80s opening his own shop, Easy's Repair, specializing in forklift hydraulics but continuing every aspect of the mechanics field, from body and paint to automotive and diesel. He could take a vehicle around the block and tell you everything that was wrong with it. He was an avid fisherman, dollar on the first, the most, and the biggest. David had a sharp mind and a strong resolve. He married Dorothy F. Gannon and in 1969 had a son, Curtis, who he is survived by along with his daughter-in-law, Gina; his sisters, Gerldine and Colleen; and brother Brain. David stated that he wanted no service, and to be remembered as he was, not as he is. To those in the Kenai area, a celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions suggested to the family can be mailed to Curtis Longfellow, 204 Antoinette Ave., Fairbanks, AK 99701.
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