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David Everton Fenn

Dec 12, 2013 - Staff

David Everton Fenn, formerly of Lander, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, after battling myelodysplasia syndrome at Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City with his daughter, Amy, at his side. He was 72 years old.

No services have been announced.

David Everton Fenn was born March 25, 1941, in Woodland, Calif., the son of Al (Elbert) and Helen B. Fenn.

The family moved to Burbank, Calif., where he attended elementary and middle schools. They relocated to Tacoma, Wash., where he attended high school. His family said he was an accomplished violinist and played with the Tacoma Symphony while in high school. His love for classical music continued throughout his life.

Mr. Fenn attended Pomona College in Southern California, and his family said the experience was special to him. He was active in student government and was an exchange student to Fisk University, a historically black university in Nashville, Tenn., where he became involved in the Civil Rights movement. He had a late night jazz radio show on campus and sang in a jazz quartet called "The Uncalled Four." He went on to earn a master's degree in social work from George Williams College and got a master's degree in Latin American studies at Stanford University.

Following in his father's footsteps, he began his career as a YMCA director. He made a career change to education, and he worked as an admissions officer at University of the Pacific and Pepperdine University. He eventually settled into insurance, spending 25 years as an equitable life insurance agent.

He married Lynn Miller in 1971, settled in Whittier, Calif., and raised one child, Amy.

They divorced after 28 years, and Mr. Fenn moved to Three Rivers, Calif., where he pursued his love of hiking in the Sierra mountains. He climbed Mount Whitney several times and enjoyed many hiking trips with his buddies from church.

In 2002, he married Donna Conard. They moved to Lander in 2003. His family said that in many ways, this was the happiest time of his life, traveling to national parks of the West. He enjoyed long hikes in the hills around his home before moving to Salt Lake City to be near the Huntsman Cancer Institute for treatment.

He eventually became involved with Covenant Presbyterian Church in Lander and had a deep love for God.

He is survived by his daughter, Amy Fenn, of Madison, Wis., and his cousin Steven Fenn of Paradise, Calif.

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