David Verbois, paraglider extraordinaire, died Dec. 3, 2015, surrounded by loved ones, in his handcrafted log home, as was his wish.
He was born July 15, 1937, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His energy, vigorous approach to life and wonderfully welcoming smile will be greatly missed by his partner of 20 years, Leslie Freitag, his children, Mark Verbois, Snoqualmie, Washington, and Nicole (Sal) Coffaro, West Orange, New Jersey, grandchildren Sophie, Dylan and Emily, and Leslie’s four children and their families.
David looked for adventure his whole life and approached each new experience with an incredible zest! As a young boy he and his quarter horse roped and chased cattle on his grandparents’ ranch in northern Louisiana. After high school graduation he spent two years in the U.S. Army, then set off with a friend for Alaska. Working for several airlines over the ensuing years whetted his appetite for travel.
He married Margaret in San Francisco and Mark and Nicole joined the family. They followed him from Portland to Atlanta and back to Seattle as he opened areas for several air freight companies. He learned building skills from his father as they built a house on a lake in Georgia. When business called him to Seattle, the family lived in Bellevue. Sailing on Puget Sound, becoming a small airplane pilot, playing, coaching and refereeing soccer competed for time with work. After divorce, David worked in his own commercial real estate business.
Then he met paragliding! All other passions took second place! He moved to Davis Lake and built a three-level log house shell, put in a rudimentary kitchen and bathroom, and was off to meet the world via paragliding! In 1996, he met Leslie, they partnered, and she was his first paragliding student. They met wonderful people in many countries as well as around the United States who are amazing friends. The two continued work on the house until it became “home” four years ago. Friends laugh about all the wonderful times at “The Cabin” as Leslie and David hosted paragliding fly-ins and celebrations.
A celebration of David’s life will be held in the summer of 2016. Donations in his memory may be made to the Lookout Coalition, P.O. Box 222, Twisp, WA 98856.