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David Manchester

David Warfield Manchester, 89, of Grass Valley died Saturday, Jan. 24, at home.

No services are planned.

Mr. Manchester was born March 28, 1914, in Colusa to Howard F. Manchester and Harriet “Hattie” Warfield. He was a track star at Livingston High School. He helped develop Yosemite National Park with the California Conservation Corps in the 1930s. In 1936, he married Anne Helen Westrup, with whom he enjoyed riding motorcycles in the San Joaquin Valley. He served in the U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II as chief boatswain in the Pacific Ocean. He was a skilled linoleum layer in the 1950s in Marin County. He won prizes for his photography from the Ross Valley Camera Club. He also studied geology and did lapidary work. He and Anne moved to Nevada County in the 1970s. He was a member of E. Clampus Vitus, the Elks and the Moose Lodge. After Anne died, he married Galli Sheppard and they enjoyed local festivities until her death in 1997.



He is survived by his daughter, M. Carol Kuczora of Grass Valley; and grandson, David Manchester Kuczora of Marin County.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sempervirens Fund for the planting of redwood trees in honor of David W. Manchester, Drawer BE, Los Altos, CA 94023, (650) 968-4509.




Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary.


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