In Memoriam --Excerpts from David Thorsness Memorial Services
David was born in Darwin, Minnesota, the youngest of 4 children to Martha and Julius Thorsness. He grew up in Vincent, Iowa, enlisting in the Army after his 18th birthday. He served on Adak in the Aleutians from 1944 to 1946 and achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant.
After graduating from the University of Iowa with a BA in Political Science, he attended the University of Washington law school where he met Priscilla Coverdale during his 2nd year. They were married June 17, 1954 and upon David?s graduation they moved to Alaska. David went to work with the law office of Davis Renfrew and Hughes which became Hughes Thorsness and grew to become the largest law firm in Alaska.
The most cherished part of David?s life was his 46 year marriage to his wife Priscilla. His unconditional love and dedication to her was an inspiration to his children and all those who knew him. After raising their family, they traveled extensively throughout the world to Scandinavia, Antarctica, China, Europe and a recent trip to Australia to visit his brother, Ray. But David always looked forward to returning home to his beloved Alaska.
David was an active member of Central Lutheran Church for 45 years and numerous professional organizations including: Alaska Bar Association, President 1964, the Judicial Qualifications Commission, the Boys Club Board of Directors, Providence Hospital Foundation Board, Anchorage Lions Club and the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers.
?Dad was a pillar of strength, hope and generosity to all who knew him. Integrity and honor were his hallmarks and his legacy