David William Hopkins Jr.

May 25, 1940February 3, 2020


MAY 25, 1940 - FEBRUARY 03, 2020

On February 03, 2020 I said goodbye, for now, to the love of my life. But we have the promise in our hearts that we will be together again. He knew with certainty that life with Jesus was his eternal destiny.

He was born in Nebraska on May 25, 1940 to Beulah and David W. Hopkins, Sr. In 1944 they relocated to Alderwood Manor, Washington where Dave grew up playing “Cowboys and Indians” in the rural countryside and forests of what is now the city of Lynnwood. He graduated from Edmonds High School class of 1958. He then attended the University of Washington for two years and finished his last two years at Washington State University. He graduated in 1962 with a degree in Criminal Science.

Dave and I attended High School together and married in June of 1961. After college he worked as a federal narcotics agent and we moved to Arizona and later to Huntington Beach, California to pursue his career. While there, our two daughters, Wendi and Tammi, were born. His job was like real life Starsky and Hutch, and he was good at what he did. But by 1970 he felt that his first calling was the well being of his family so he made the decision to move his family back to Alderwood Manor, Washington where our roots were. There he was hired as an inspector in Flight Test at Boeing. This offered extended travel to other parts of the world: Austria, France, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Iceland, Northern Territories, Alaska, plus many locations in the continental U.S. We moved to the Arlington area in 2000 and he retired in 2003.

Dave spent his remaining 17 years enjoying the rural countryside, mountains and wildlife . . . his dogs, grand dogs and the birds. He loved God, nature, family, and especially loved that we live so close to our daughter, Wendi. He enjoyed talking with people and hearing their life stories. He battled cancer for twelve years and never lost hope or his faith. He was patient and kind and he loved us well.

Preceding him to Heaven are his parents, Dave and Beulah Hopkins . . . our daughter Tammi Hopkins . . . and his furry Best Buddy Tucker. He is survived by me, his wife Judith (Judy) Hopkins and daughter Wendi Gillespie and his present dogs Charles and Annabelle.

He was my best friend and loving husband for 58 1/2 years. I am so very blessed. John 3:16


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Chris Skeels

February 13, 2020

I will miss the hour sometims longer conversations with Dave on the phone, and the times we were able to get togethr. Our views and subjects varied from oppossed to like thinking. Either way we always ended with It Is In GODS hands, and I know that those are the hands that now hold him.

Jan Castona

February 12, 2020

We know that there will never be any adequate words to say to you that will really be able to address this tremendous loss, the love of your life,as you were truly the love of Dave's life too.We know your strong faith is such a blessing,knowing your anticipation & the joy for the day you will be reunited with Dave forever. For now though your family will always be here for you & we know that you feel His abiding presence as He holds your hand &feels your heartbreak . Your tears are His tears.We love you& pray & believe for you that you are feeling the closeness of the Comforter.All of our love.--Jim & Jan
And now our thoughts to Wendi: You like your mother have once again sustained another great loss a & all we can say is how sorry we truly are for what you're experiencing.We can't walk in your shoes but we can be mindful to hold you up in prayer for you to be able to reflect on the good memories your dad provided you with& the way it shaped you as such a fine young woman.Your mom ,you& your sister were what he lived for!A rare gift& a priceless legacy he has left you with.Something to be proud of & cherished.We are thankful for his love for you, his precious daughter.You made him proud!Love & Prayers, Uncle Jim & Aunt Jan.

Patricia Greer

February 11, 2020

Dave exemplified everything that a Christian husband, father and man of God should. In this world of fragile relationships, it’s been a joy and privilege to observe the dedication and love he shared with his beloved wife, friend and soulmate, Judy!

Jeanne Skeels

February 11, 2020

Dave has been my brother in law for 58 and1/2 years and in my life for almost as long as I can remember. I have so many memories of our family gatherings, vacations to California to see Judy, Dave, Wendi and Tammi and more recent times with them in Europe and multiple Christmas' and Thanksgivings at their home in Arlington. More than anything I look forward to our next meeting!