David A. Page (1942 - 2009)

David A. Page, 66, of 5255 Jordan Road, Stevens Point, died unexpectedly Jan. 13, 2009, at Saint Michael's Hospital Emergency Room. His family donated his tissue to help many others. A celebration of his life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Frame Memorial Presbyterian church, with the Rev. Susan Zencka officiating. A visitation will be held at Boston Funeral Home on Friday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., and at the church Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of service. His family has requested that memorials be made to UWSP Foundation, to be used in sending children to summer camp.

David was born May 6, 1942, in Janesville, to the late Jay and Enid (Young) Page. He grew up there, graduating from Janesville High School in 1960. He worked a few years as a journeyman iron worker. In January of 1964, David joined the U.S. Navy, being inducted through the Great Lakes Naval Station in Illinois. He served in Southeast Asia on the USS Longbeach and the USS Waddell. He received an honorable discharge in December of 1969.

David attended Everett Community College in Everett, Wash., and then transferred to UWSP, graduating in 1976 with a degree in Wildlife Management and Biology. David married Nancy J. McGowan Aug. 10, 1966, in Janesville. David began working for Sentry Insurance in 1976, retiring in 2002. He worked for the town of Hull Fire and Rescue for 35 years, serving as chief for 20 of those years. He was currently serving as safety officer and had responded to a fire call the morning of his death. David was instrumental in helping start the Portage County Arson Investigation Taskforce. He served on the Wisconsin State Task Force organization and served a year as president.

David was an avid golfer and loved the outdoors. He always had a book with him and read every chance he had. David was a member of Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church and a church elder. He was a member of the Stevens Point Country Club.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy of Stevens Point; a son, Scott (Jennifer), Stevens Point; a daughter, Andrea (Jenn Beland) Page of Amherst Junction; grandchildren, Abraham McAbee-Page and Ella Page. He is further survived by a sister, Patricia (George) Garber of Milton, and a brother, Terry (Karen) Page of Wyalusing.