David Lee Kopp

September 15, 1949 - January 27, 2018

David Lee Kopp

September 15, 1949 - January 27, 2018


David Lee Kopp, age 68, passed away peacefully on January 27, 2018 in Bellingham, WA. He was born on September 15, 1949 in Mandan, ND to Elizabeth & Frederick Kopp. He graduated from Mandan High School and attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, graduating 41st in his class of over 700 in 1971. He then spent over 10 years in the Army Reserve, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He worked for ExxonMobil as an engineer in Corpus Christi, TX. After retiring from Exxon, he earned an M.S. from Iowa State University and later a teaching degree (M.A.) in Mathematics at the University of Washington. He taught high school math at the Chrysalis School in Woodinville, WA for 14 years. After retiring, he continued private tutoring until last year.

He is survived by his loving wife Deirdre (DeeDee) Dilbeck-Kopp, stepdaughter Jennifer (Aaron) Rose of Portland, OR; brothers Bob (Gail) of Benton, LA, Bill (Nancy) of Bismarck, ND, and Dick (Brenda) of Fort Worth, TX; nieces Sara, Lindsey & Whitney; nephews Bill & Jared; and new great-nephew Braden.

David was an avid Seattle Mariners and Seahawks fan, enjoyed the outdoors, traveling with his wife, and living the last 4 years on Lake Whatcom in Sudden Valley, WA. He was a kind and gentle man. He was loved and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

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9 responses to David Lee Kopp

  1. Terribly sorry to hear about Dave. Haven’t had contact with him now for a decade or so. Was a companymate, Company C2, USMA Class of 1971. Have actually been trying to reconnect with him for some time. Please contact should you desire.
    Someone from our Class would like to contact you in due course in order to develop a Memorial Article to recognize Dave’s life. The article will be published in the annual TAPS magazine of USMA. Hopefully the family can participate in the creation of the article. Family will be provided parchment copies for framing.

    There is no hurry. Again my sincere condolences. Wish we had connected again earlier.

    Johnny Brooks

  2. Dick Boyes says:

    I am sad to hear of Dave’s passing.
    I didn’t meet Dave until his third career; we were teachers at Chrysalis School. We immediately hit it off since we both enjoyed playing games, specifically wargames. We spent many Wednesdays after school with games and pizza and conversation.

    Dave shared many stories of growing up in North Dakota, West Point, his military service, his fantasy sports teams and more. He had quite a variety of adventurous experiences.

    I’m honored to have known Dave and his wife DeeDee.

  3. My heart goes out to my aunt Dee Dee, Jennifer and the entire family I’m so sorry for your loss prayers and condolences for you and the whole family

  4. Karen Fogle says:

    I was so sorry to hear about Dave. He was a wonderful teacher and an important member of the Chrysalis family.
    My condolences to the family,

    Karen Fogle

  5. Holly Smith says:

    Dear Aunt Deirdre ,

    I’m so saddened by the loss of Uncle Dave.
    He was such a special man and loved by so many. May the beautiful memories of your life together bring you comfort and peace.

    All our love~
    Holly, DJ and Derek

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