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AOCM, David Michel, USN (Ret.)

AOCM, David Peter Michel, USN (Ret.)

Wednesday, June 1st, 1938 - Friday, July 12th, 2019
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David Peter Michel

On Friday, July 12, 2019 David Peter Michel, loving husband, father and grandfather passed away peacefully in Mount Vernon, WA with his wife Dorothy Michel by his side. David P. Michel was born in Natick, MA on 1 June, 1938. He grew up in Norwood, MA and graduated from Norwood High School in 1957. David and 4 siblings grew up in the foster care system but he found his family when he joined the Navy. He entered active duty in1957 and attended boot camp at NTC Great Lakes. He completed his auspicious career 30 years later retiring as a command master chief at NAS Whidbey Island; his final duty station. In 1961, David met his first wife Helen, a mother of 4 children Larry, Susan, Belle, and Diana. They married in 1962. David became an instant father and always accepted everyone as family and never treated anyone differently. Shortly after marrying Helen he had orders to Florida. In Jacksonville, FL in 1962 David was born. Dave then received orders to go to San Diego, California. In Chula Vista, CA 1964, Peter was born. Dave got orders back to Whidbey Island, WA. After arriving in Oak Harbor, WA in 1965 Teresa was born.

Helen passed away in 1990. After the loss of Helen, David went to Skagit Valley College and received his Associates Degree in Human Services. He then worked for Service Alternatives and eventually ended up volunteering for Disabled American Veterans. It was there that David, ever the flirt, met Dorothy. Dave and Dottie got married in Idaho, in 2001. Dottie brought into the family 2 more children Jennifer and Christopher and 8 more grandchildren. Dave and Dottie RV’d across the country 3 times, belonged to several RV groups, and RV’d until they couldn’t do it anymore. David and Dottie moved from Oak Harbor to a retirement community in Mount Vernon, WA in 2017.

Throughout his Navy career, he rose in rank and responsibility. He was an aircrewman for P2V-75 aircraft (combat), magazine leading petty officer, ammunition quality assurance chief, armament branch CPO, nuclear weapons coordinator, nuclear and conventional weapons loading and delivery instructor, nuclear safety officer and command master chief petty officer. Throughout and after his career, Dave remained committed to his family of aviation ordnance men and women and helped establish Chapter Three at Whidbey Island. Dave continued to contribute to the success, professionalism, and reputation of the AO community through his continued high level of commitment to the national and chapter levels. This led to his induction in the Aviation Ordnance Hall of Fame in 2013.

David P. Michel is survived by his wife Dottie Michel, children: Larry Boyle (Patty), Belle Canaday (Pat), Diana Kinney, Pete Michel (Stacey), Teresa Besaw (Jim), Jennifer Phillips (Dennis) and Christopher Anthony (Jenne). He is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren. David was preceded in death by his wife Helen Michel, daughter Susan Anderson, son David Michel and his brothers Philip Michel, Don Michel, Bob Michel, and his sister Patricia “Patsy” Ham. A funeral service for David will be held at Wallin Funeral Home in Oak Harbor, WA at 11am on Saturday, August 3, 2019. A graveside service with Military Honors will follow and then a reception at 2pm at the CPO Club. Family suggests memorials in David's name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital online at; donate by phone: (800) 805-5856; or by mail.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 11:00am
    Wallin Funeral Home & Cremation, LLC
    1811 NE 16th Ave
    OAK HARBOR, WA 98277
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  • Interment

    Maple Leaf Cemetery
    1961 NE 16th Ave
    OAK HARBOR, WA 98277
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    Military honors provided under the auspices of the NAS Whidbey Island Honor Guard.
  • Reception

    CPO Club
    1080 Ault Field Road
    OAK HARBOR, WA 98277
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    Family and friends are invited to attend the reception at the Chief Petty Officer's Club. Repast will begin at 2:00 pm.


  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • Disabled American Veteran
  • Good Conduct Medal
  • U.S. Meritorious Service Medal
  • NAS Whidbey Island
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Navy Expeditionary Medal
  • Navy Unit Commendation
  • Sea Service Ribbon
  • US Navy Reserve
  • U.S. Humanitarian Service Medal
  • US Navy
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Vietnam Campaign Medal
  • Vietnam Gallantry Cross
  • Vietnam Service Medal
  • Vietnam Veterans of America


Donations are being accepted for: ST JUDE CHILDRENS RESEARCH HOSPITAL INC.


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Garry and Carol Lutz

Posted at 03:49pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Gary Raster

Posted at 06:26pm
Master Chief Michel was without question one of the finest human beings that I have ever known. He was my CMC in VA-165, and served as a true mentor both on and off the job. Later we became friends in the CPO ranks and through the DMV, which Dave wholeheartedly supported. I was deeply touched and saddened to hear of Cave's passing, and wish the best for Dottie moving forward. A finer man will be nearly impossible to find. I must close as the tears well up in my eyes. Gary Raster AMCS(AW) USN Retired

Mike Delaney

Posted at 03:21pm
I first met Dave when he was with COMMATVAQWINGPAC, in their Weapons Dept, when we still had the A-6 Intruder. His partner in crime was AOCM Dick Liljegren. I was a young second class with VA-128, the A-6 replacement squadron, and Wing Weapons shared a space in Hangar 6, topside. I would regularly head down the passageway to their neck of the woods to vent any frustrations. This jovial team would always put me in a better mood. I never got the opportunity to serve with Dave, but I did manage two tours with Dick. I enjoyed those tours and I have no doubt that if you swapped Dave into Dick's place, I wouldn't have been able to tell the difference. Dick & Dave, Mutt & Jeff, Abbott & Costello. Two of my favorite peas in a pod.


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Mike Wasmund

Posted at 09:22pm
First met Dave in 1976. Over the next 11 years, we were shipmates in VA-165, we made 2 trips to Burlington, VT and 1 to Wichita, KS as part of the A-6E re-wing/pylon replacement program. Way more weapon inspections than I care to remember. And Dave and his late wife Helen agreed to be godparents to my youngest son. I will miss him for a long time. Fair winds and following sea, until we meet again.

Gary Raster Posted at 06:27pm

Great to hear from you, Was! Wish it were under better circumstances.

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