"Whidbey Telephone owner, David Henny, dies"
June 25, 2008 · Updated 1:28 PM
"David Henny, longtime owner of Whidbey Telephone, died Friday morning at Whidbey General Hospital. He was 70.Emergency personnel from Fire Protection District 3 and Whidbey General Hospital responded to a 911 call from Henny's Bayview Road home at 7:51 a.m. Friday. According to FD 3 Special Services Chief Darin Reid, EMTs and paramedics performed CPR on Henny, then transported him to Whidbey General Hospital. Trish Rose, the hospital's spokesperson, said Henny died at about 9 a.m.Henny purchased the Whidbey Telephone Company in 1953 from Ernie and Ralph Noble. Starting with a 500-telephone system, Henny expanded his company to include all of South Whidbey, from Greenbank's Classic Road in the north to Possession Point in the south. The company's service area also includes Point Roberts and Hat Island. In 1961, Whidbey Telephone buried all its phone lines. By the mid-1980s, the company had more than 76,000 miles of telephone wire in the ground.More recently, Henny expanded his company to include fiber optic cables and Internet services through its WhidbeyNet subsidiary. The company just finished building an Internet data center in Everett.Henny took pride in one project in particular last November when Whidbey Telephone hooked into an underwater fiber optic cable laid between Whidbey Island and Seattle in 1999. At the time, Henny said the new cable would give his company almost limitless capacity to move electronic and voice data.We're going to go out and have a celebration, Henny said the week following the hookup.As of The Record's press deadline on Friday afternoon, plans for a funeral or memorial service for Mr. Henny had not been announced. "