Birch Bay man killed in single-car crash

Published on Wed, Aug 18, 2010 by By Tara Nelson

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A Birch Bay man was killed Sunday, August 15, when the vehicle he was driving left the roadway near Birch Bay.

David Parshall, 55, was driving his 2000 Dodge Ram pick-up westbound on Birch Bay-Lynden Road near Ham Road at about 7 a.m. when his truck crossed the center line into a ditch, struck a pole and rolled over. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Parshall worked in Blaine as a civil engineer for Keiwit Infrastructure West company and was working on the Gateway Project in Vancouver. He was an active member of the Latter Day Saints church and had four children, the youngest of whom still lived at home. Parshall had been returning home from taking his wife, Louisa, to work. The couple had just celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary.

Parshall was born in Tacoma on March 10, 1955 and graduated from Pilchuck High School in 1973. He earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Brigham Young University in Utah.

“He was a wonderful father and family man,” said Nan Meaker, a member of the church and friend of the family. “He had a passion for life more than anyone I know. He had appropriately been reading a book in his truck, called ‘Gung Ho.’ He really had a zest for life and was very much into serving and helping people. When you met him, it felt like you had known him forever.”

Meaker added that his 14-year-old daughter’s dog, Lucy, was traveling with him at the time and is thought to have escaped unharmed.

She said the dog has been spotted by several residents near the intersection of Ham and Birch Bay-Lynden roads where the accident occurred and that if anyone has any information of her whereabouts to call 933-1755. Lucy is a white Jack Russell Terrier with black spots and a tri-color face. She was wearing a name tag when she was last seen.

The family was in the process of moving out of the area at the end of the month and said they would like to find her before they move.

The Washington State Patrol is investigating the cause of the accident, but investigators say it could have been caused by a medical condition.

A funeral service has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday, August 23 at the Church of Jesus Christ Chapel at 2550 Thorton Road, Ferndale. All are welcome. 


Correction: In our print version, we incorrectly listed Nan Meaker as a pastor at the LDS Church. She is a member.