David M. Hunter ’59 died on January 21, 2016, in Peoria, Arizona.
(The following was published in The Arizona Republic from Feb. 1 to Feb. 3, 2016):
Peoria, AZ – David Moore Hunter, 77, passed away at home on Thursday, January 21, 2016, as the result of a sudden acute case of leukemia. He was the beloved husband of 42 years of Deborah Morrow Hunter, and the father of Shelly Hunter Ahlquist (Richard),Michael Hunter, and Christina Hunter, and grandfather to Lindsay and Robin Ahlquist. David’s laugh was infectious, and his smile could light up the room. He was characterized by optimism and a can-do attitude. He spent his career working in hospital strategic planning, but his influence stretched far beyond his profession. He acted as a coach and mentor to many executives and church leaders, not to mention his kids. He had an uncanny ability to ask all the right questions, and to empower, rather than fix. Living in several cities throughout his life, he was a part of strong communities wherever he went. From New York City to Bellevue and Issaquah, WA, and Peoria, AZ, he was a beacon of light to all he came in contact with. He was characterized by a passionate love of sports and physical activity. He played varsity hockey at Bowdoin College, and in his adult life he was known to bond with his brothers and friends over ski trips, bike races, running, tennis, and golf. Alongside his wife Deb, he loved to entertain and explore, spending summers traveling and connecting with friends. Above all, David clung to his faith in Jesus. He had the heart of a lion, demonstrating the powerful and tender love of his Savior. He left this earth at peace, knowing that something more awaited him on the other side.