David L. Moberg


(November 15, 2002)

A former Wyoming Highway Patrolman based in Powell, David L. Moberg, died Friday, Nov. 15 in Seattle, Wash. He was 67.

Memorial services are planned for mid-summer in Newcastle.

He was born March 12, 1935, to John and Beatrice Moberg. He grew up in Wyoming and the Black Hills area, graduating from high school in Newcastle. He attended college in Missoula, Mont.

On Oct. 10, 1954, he married his high school sweetheart, Claralee Chittim, in Newcastle. They were married for 48 years, when she died just a few months ago on Aug. 18, 2002. Shortly before their marriage, Mr. Moberg enlisted in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean Conflict.

He dedicated his life to his family, his work and his philosophy. A Renaissance man, he was proud and independent, preferring to blaze his own trail. He preferred a gentle manner, no need to force his way, and was fiercely proud of his "home" in Wyoming. He loved the Indian Paintbrush, the sound of the meadowlark and often commented upon how the smell of sagebrush reminded him of home.

He served with the Wyoming Highway Patrol until 1972 and operated his own business until 1976. He spent a great deal of his life working with his hands as a carpenter, and in his later years, as a general contractor in the Seattle area.

He loved to fish and was an avid gun collector. He enjoyed a rich conversation over a good meal to any dog and pony show. He preferred the open country of his beloved Wyoming and often talked of the simplicity he enjoyed within her borders.

Survivors include two children, Mitchell of Lynwood, Wash., and Karen of Burien, Wash.; two grandchildren, Beverly and Deborah; one sister, Judy Kemp of Sioux Falls, S.D.; and one brother, Curt Moberg of Sundance.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Claralee; his parents; one brother, Kenneth; and a daughter, Brekkilyn.

Interment and memorial services will be held jointly with his wife at a later date in Newcastle.