|Death: ||Apr. 8, 2009|
David S. Quair Jr. was born in Hanford in 1947 in the garage of his grandparents' house on Fourth Street. He was the oldest of eight children and at a very early age had to work as a farm laborer to help his mom and dad feed their large family. Although the work was very hard and David hated it, some of his fondest memories are of working in the fields along side his grandfather, father and uncles picking cotton, grapes, hoeing the beet fields, and picking and pruning the fruit trees.
Although he missed a lot of school as a result of this, David still had school memories that he cherished; like when he quickly earned his sharpshooter medal as a cadet at Woodrow Wilson because he helped to provide food for his family by shooting rabbits in the fields and when he played football for Hanford High School and was on the wrestling team.
In between working in the fields and getting to go to school a little bit, David's fondest memories are of the times with his grandfather in his grandfather's garden, fishing with his father and retrieving the stuck lures for his dad and laughing with his uncles Alfred and Robert about the crazy antics of his uncle Leroy.
At seventeen, David knew that a military career was what he wanted and so he joined the Navy in February of 1965. There he found his love for learning, the ships, and the open sea. David completed his high school diploma in the Navy and continued advancing up the ranks until he became a Master Chief. His reputation preceded him and he helped many ships earn their highly valued engineering star that are placed upon the ships' smokestack.
In 1985, David came down with Type II Diabetes as a result of his exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War and this ended his career on the Navy ships. However, because of all his accomplishments, the military offered him a new career as a Company Commander training platoons of new recruits for the Navy, a job that he loved. David finally retired from the Navy after 24 years of active service and eventually came home to Hanford to be close to his family and his Tachi Yokut tribe. During this time he was able to spend time again with his children, brothers, uncles, aunts and cousins and watched with pride all the accomplishments of his Tachi Yokut tribe.
On his birthday in October 2008, David learned that he had a rare type of cancer, once again because of his exposure to Agent Orange. Almost dying in November of 2008, and going through one of the toughest chemotherapy treatments, David and his fiancÚ succeeded in their efforts to get him well again when his cancer went into remission in February of 2009. Happy at the news, David made plans to take trips with his 6-year-old son and his fiancÚ. However, this was not meant to be because David unexpectedly contracted an infection and passed away on the evening of April 8, 2009. His passing is a deep loss for his family, close and far, as well as for his Tachi Yokut tribe in which he was a Tribal Elder.
David leaves behind his children, daughters, Tina Quair of Hanford, Mary Woods of San Diego, and Trina Quair of Lemoore; sons, David Quair III of Hanford and Liam Dunn of Hanford and his seven grandkids and one great-grandchild. His sister, Rosalinda Wheeler of Lemoore; his brothers, Kenny Quair and Rudy Quair of Lemoore and Faustino Quair of Hanford. He was preceded in death by his parents, David S. Quair Sr. and Helen Carrillo-Roberts, his sisters, Susan Quair and Rachel Quair, and his brother Marvin Quair.
David we miss you and love you very much. You are not gone forever, but will always be in our hearts and your spirit will continue to surround our daily lives. Love and Peace be with you as the great spirit guides your soul home.
A Graveside Service will be at 11 a.m., Friday, April 17 at at the Tachi Yokut Cemetery in Lemoore.
Arrangements are under the direction of Phipps-Dale Funeral Chapel in Lemoore.
Tachi Indian Cemetery
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Record added: Apr 16, 2009
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