Allan David “Dave” Hunter passed away peacefully in his home at the age of 93, under the care of his beloved wife Yoko.
Dave was born in Walsenburg, Colorado in 1927 to Clarence and Margaret Hunter. Not long after, his family joined the Great Depression migration to Los Angeles. In 1945 at the age of 17, with his mother’s permission, he joined the US Navy. He was trained as a Landing Craft Operator. He was stationed at Treasure Island in San Francisco, preparing to join the Pacific Theater when World War II ended.
After receiving an Honorable Discharge, he studied at The University of Southern California before joining a construction team building facilities for the US Navy in the Marshall Islands. Dave would remain in the construction industry for the rest of his career. He and his best friend, William Moffett, founded a successful general contracting company in San Francisco, Hunter and Moffett Contractors. It was in San Francisco at age 52, after two previous marriages, that Dave met and married Yoko. They would remain devoted to each other and to the many animals that shared their life.
Dave had many interests outside construction. He flew his private plane throughout Mexico and Central America, kept a boat in San Francisco Bay for deep sea fishing in the Pacific, rode dirt bikes and attended motorcycle races, and snorkeled in Baja. He and Yoko loved dining out with family and friends.
Dave and Yoko first came to Georgia on a vacation. They fell in love with the Lincolnton area and purchased land
for their retirement. They built their dream home and relocated in 1988. After many years in San Francisco, he and Yoko relished having land, room for their dogs, and the slow life and friendly people that came with retirement in the country.
Dave has three children and three grandchildren; Mark lives in northern California, Jon passed away in 2008, and Merete lives in Alaska with her husband and three children. All loved their father dearly and will miss him deeply.
Beggs Funeral Home, Lincolnton, Ga is honored to serve the family of one of our country's last World War II veterans.
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