The community will miss David Charles Whipple, a five-generation Port Huron resident and dedicated community member. Dave returned to the Blue Water Area after completing his undergraduate education at Michigan State University and obtaining his Juris Doctor from Cooley Law School. He practiced law in service of others for forty years, helping dozens of businesses and hundreds of people. With his thoughtful deliberation, wise advice, and heart-led counsel he was a force for good. He served the community more broadly as a servant leader, variously taking on the presidencies of the St. Clair County Bar Association, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Blue Water Council of Boy Scouts. He also sat on the Board of Port Huron Hospital (now McLaren), coached Little League, served on the Vestry of Grace Episcopal Church, and was Chairman of the Board of the St. Clair County Library System. Dave was loving, principled, and committed to his community. He was always trying to be a better man today than he was yesterday.
Dave is remembered across the Blue Water Area and around the world by family, friends, and clients. He thoughtfully invested in innumerable friendships throughout every part of his life, including his mischievous childhood friends, treasured band mates, trusted law partners, dear potluck friends, fellow hospital executives, business co-conspirators, and golf buddies. He enjoyed many parts of the Blue Water Area as he spent his childhood on Lake Huron beaches and his retirement boating the lakes with his wife of forty-five years, Janice. The Community Foundation is honored to collect contributions to the David Charles Whipple Fund in his memory. Funds are intended to support Dave’s final passion project: scaling up the distribution of chemo relief kits through and beyond the McLaren Hospital system.