David Mathew Graham

David Mathew Graham, 77, died suddenly at his home in Greenbank on Oct. 24, 2002.

He was born June 8, 1925, in Los Angeles to Mathew and Evalyn Wilson Graham Jr.

Mr. Graham was raised in Los Angeles. Following graduation from high school he attended Stanford University until World War II interrupted his education. He was in the Navy from 1943 to 1946 as an airman radio operator. Mr. Graham then returned to Stanford, where he received a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. He married the former Patricia K. Curran March 6, 1954, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Mr. Graham began work with his father at Mat Graham Co. in Studio City, Calif., as an industrial equipment appraiser. He eventually took over the role of president and chief executive officer, retiring in 1985. The Grahams moved to Whidbey Island in 1987, settling in the Smugglers Cove area.

Mr. Graham was a life member of the American Society of Appraisers. He enjoyed collecting coins and stamps, genealogy, photography, classic music, model building, travel and hiking.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia, at home. He is survived by four children and their spouses, Virginia Graham Knorr and husband Ronald, Everett, Kathryn Ellen Forgrave and husband Robert, Kirkland, Margery Graham Anderson and husband Steven Anderson, Highlands Ranch, Colo., and Barbara Graham Lovato and husband Jay of Poulsbo; and 10 grandchildren. A sister preceded him in death.

Mr. Graham requested no formal funeral services be conducted. Cremation was held, with private family inurnment to follow at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Burley Funeral Chapel, Oak Harbor.

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