1956 - 2012
William David Logan, longtime crusader for the rights of others, died August 7, 2012 in Sacramento, CA. following a lengthy battle with leukemia.
The son of the late Edward Logan and the late Beverly Parbs Logan, Dave was born Feb. 4, 1956 in Urbana, Illinois. He spent his later childhood in Kankakee, Illinois. He was the grandson of the late Fred and Edna Seiling, and the late Lula and William Ray Logan with whom he spent many boyhood summers on their farm near Armstrong, Illinois.
Dave served our country in the U.S. Army at Ft. Ord, CA. While there, he became a proficient sky diver and eventually a jumpmaster with the Ft. Ord Sport Parachute Club in Monterey, CA. Dave made 200 jumps, the highest from 12,500 feet.
Following his military service, Dave remained in California where he made his home in the Folsom area and worked in the gaming industry until 2005. He later produced The Andrea Shea King radio program from 2007 until his death.
An accomplished writer and astute observer of current events, Dave wrote thousands of opinion posts at his popular website "ThirdWaveDave" beginning in 2005, sharing his perspectives on contemporary culture, patriotism and politics. Staunchly patriotic, Dave regularly and frequently wrote of great Americans and historic American milestones in the belief that knowledge of history was essential to understanding and placing current events in context.
Diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia in 2007, Dave opted to participate in a clinical trial that included a stem cell transplant administered through the Stem Cell Transplant Program at the UC Davis Cancer Center in Sacramento. It was his hope that other leukemia patients might benefit from the knowledge gained from his disease.
Friends described Dave as disciplined, cool under pressure, focused, thorough, determined, pragmatic, logical, subtle, quick witted, soft spoken, discreet and analytical. When he played a critical role in bringing forward two successful workplace harassment lawsuits, Dave was described by the plaintiffs' attorney as "A crusader of those who were preyed upon by employers."
Dave admired and emulated the courage and determination of such men as Gen. George Patton Jr.and exhibited those qualities throughout his battle with CML. Dave never shirked or folded. He moved forward, never holding ground. In the face of sometimes seemingly insurmountable odds, he persevered without complaint. Dave was defined by his heroes which included America's astronauts. His fascination with the nation's space program began as a youngster with NASA's moon missions, and he treasured the moment he witnessed from the banks of the Indian River in Titusville, Fl, the launch of Apollo 17, America's final mission to the moon.
Dave is survived by three brothers and two sisters: Fred "Skip" Voeste of Forrest, IL; Phil Logan of Urbana, IL; Ed Logan of Champaign, IL; Rose Logan of Carterville, IL; Barbara Logan Snyder of Ringgold, Ga; the late Susan Marie Logan; and several nieces and nephews. He also leaves numerous friends, including his Army buddies and fellow parachute jumpers on the both the East and West Coasts; Dave's caregiver Rhonda Johnson of Rocklin, CA.; and radio show host Andrea Shea King of Cape Canaveral, Fl.
A celebration of Dave's life will be held Veteran's Day weekend with a ceremony on the beach in Cape Canaveral, his ashes to be scattered where America's astronauts broke the surly bonds of Earth.
UPDATE: Nov. 11, 2012 - On this date, Veteran's Day, we laid Dave to rest, scattering his ashes on the beach at Cape Canaveral as he requested. A bugler from Bugles Across America sounded taps, fulfilling Dave's wish. You are invited to view photos of the beachside memorial and lunch that followed in celebration of Dave's life.
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Posted by Andrea Shea King
will be IS deeply missed"