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David Charles Zaborac

Alaska resident David Zaborac, 47, died in a Jet Ski accident Aug. 22, 2003, in Chamberlain, S.D., at Lake Francis Case.

A celebration of Mr. Zaborac's life will be held in his memory at the Palmer Elks Lodge on Bogard Road from 4-9 p.m, on Saturday, Sept. 6. Family and friends are asked to come and bring their favorite "Zab" stories and photographs, and be prepared to share them.

Mr. Zaborac was born July 15, 1956, in Corona, Calif. In 1959 he moved with his mother, father and older sister to Palmer where he grew up riding a bicycle to Falks Lake in the summer, playing Little League, and teasing his older and younger sisters. He will long be remembered by his family for his prank of shutting up his sister Mickie in her doll cabinet following the departure of his parents for a night out. He graduated from Palmer High School in 1974 and spent several months post-graduation exploring various parts of the United States and visiting family with one of his friends.

He married Becky LaWalter of Palmer, and she gave birth to a son, Jakob Zaborac, who is currently a junior at the University of Alaska. His career life followed a varied path: he was a professional roofer, bartender and construction worker/carpenter. At the time of his death, he was employed in the construction field in the Lower 48.

Mr. Zaborac's interests were wide. He enjoyed fantasy fiction such as the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, playing and coaching softball, shooting darts, playing a round of golf and riding motorcycles. He was a member of the Moose Club and Elks Lodge.

He is survived by his son, Jakob Zaborac of Anchorage; daughter Karissa Brunquist, formerly of Wasilla, now of Texas; his mother Neltie Zaborac of Palmer; sister Roxeanna Zaborac of Fall City, Wash.; sister and brother-in-law James and Mickie Irvine of Palmer, and his niece and nephew Jayme and Dillon Irvine of Palmer.

He was preceded in death by his father Stanley J. Zaborac Jr., whom he revered.

His family said, "David was a gifted and charismatic individual, who delighted us with his grin and sly sense of humor. He was like the Pied Piper: people were attracted to him and he reveled in sharing his enjoyment of life with them. He was a gentleman to women and a friend to all. He didn't have a mean bone in his body."

Source: Frontiersman, 2 September 2003



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