David Frederick Nasman (b. Dec. 24, 1935) passed away peacefully on August 18, 2023. He was 87 years young. He was born of Edna Katherine (née Peterson) and Helmer Carl Nasman, both of Swedish and Norwegian descent in which he took pride.
Dave was a great example of a “self-made man.” From the age of 10, he worked constantly, often along with his brother, after their father’s death in 1945. Various jobs included chopping wood, caddying, paper routes, shoveling snow, or anything that might help the household budget. The experience instilled in him a deep belief in the benefits of hard work and high moral and ethical standards. His career as a banker began as a check filer, messenger, and general “gofer” at Everett Trust and Saving Bank in 1955. He married his high school sweetheart Dorothy (née Senior) in 1956. Dorothy passed away in 2004 after bravely fighting cancer for more than 7 years. He married Marilyn (Krabbe) in December 2004. They enjoyed 19 years together living in the beautiful San Juan Islands, in Friday Harbor. Dave loved his family deeply. One of the family events he looked forward to each year was the annual Father’s Day Celebration, hosted by him and Marilyn. He would smile and say: “Fun, Family, Friends, and Fellowship!
Dave spent his career in banking. After various assignments in Everett, Oak Harbor, and back to Everett, he and Dorothy moved to Bellingham in November 1979 where Dave was employed by Bellingham National Bank as an executive vice president and was later elected president of the bank in October 1980. He was active in many state and national banking associations. He retired in June 1993 at age 57 to enjoy his love of travel and golf. His favorite story was of Lee Trevino, credited with saying, “If you are caught in a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Even God can’t hit a 1-iron.”
Dave was a man of faith and active in church throughout his life. His faith was essential to him and in a brief autobiography, he stated: “The most significant part of our lives revolved around our commitment to our faith in Jesus Christ.” He also liked to say “PBPWMGINTWMY: Please Be Patient with Me, God Is Not Through with Me Yet.”
David Nasman is survived by his wife Marilyn Nasman, brother Daniel Nasman and sister Linda Nasman, daughters Cynthia Nasman (m. Cary Boyce), Karen Sansregret (m. Mike Sansregret), and son Bradley Nasman (m. Suzanne Krueger). Daughter Elizabeth “Betsy” Ford (m. Jerry Ford) preceded him in death. He is also survived by grandchildren Laura Ford (m. Darius Pandreas), Kyle Ford, Kevin Ford, (m. Tina) Natalie Nasman, Ben Nasman, Chelsea Yurkas (née Beebe), Adam Beebe, (m. Amanda), Caitlin Beebe, and great grandchildren Astrid and Adrian Yurkas, Jack Beebe, Elise Daugimont, Gabriel Daugimont, Julie Daugimont, and Jay Beebe-Olivo.
A private burial service with Dave’s immediate family in attendance will take place at Bayview Cemetery in Bellingham. A public memorial service will be held in Friday Harbor on Friday, September 8th starting at 2 pm at the Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church. The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation for the many calls, cards, and visits, and the expressions of how “The Dave” affected so many lives for the better.
In Lieu of flowers, you may donate to one of Dave’s favorite charitable organizations.
Mission One: Misson1.org, Avant Ministries: Avantministries.org, Billy Graham: billygraham.org, Pilgrim Africa: pilgrimafrica.org, Compassion International: compassion.com
Tunnel to Towers: t2t.org