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Anchorage resident David A. Sampert, 67, died Aug. 13, 2007, at his home in Anchorage, surrounded by his family, after a courageous two-year battle with brain cancer.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 2301 Strawberry Road.
Dave was born Jan. 5, 1940, in Edmonton, Alberta, to Theodore and Ruth Sampert. He married Twyla Tateson on July 28, 1962. He earned a degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Wyoming in 1969.
Dave and Twyla came to Alaska in January 1970 and made their home in Anchorage. He worked as an engineer for ARCO from 1970 until 1985. From 1990 until 2005, He worked as a contractor for Alyeska, Veco and Arctic Slope Regional Corp., among others.
His family wrote: "Dave was a wonderful father and family man. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was an avid Anchorage Aces fan and rarely missed a game.
"Dave's quick smile and sparkling blue eyes will be remembered by all. He died at peace comforted by his bright hope for the future."
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Twyla; his daughter and son-in-law, Marney and Michael Tuminella of Anchorage; daughter and son-in-law, Leigh and Chip Boyle of Anchorage; grandchildren, Campbell and River Tuminella; his older brother, Frank, of Edmonton, Alberta; and his younger brother, Tom, of Millet, Alberta
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