2018-09-06 / Obituaries


Died August 27, 2018

NORTHPORT— David West McKisson, 63, of Northport, passed away Monday, August 27, 2018 at his home in Northport, surrounded by his loving family.

David was born July 7, 1955 in Findlay, Ohio, the son of John and Sarah (Sutherland) McKisson. On July 3, 1982 in Leland, he married Susan (Epting) McKisson who survives.

Growing up, David spent his summers in Leland at his family’s cottage and decided to move north when he could. He was finally able to in 1979 when he opened a print shop in Traverse City. His love and passion for this area was unparalleled.

David was a man with a true zest for life and a disregard for the status quo. He had a great love of people – known as Mackie to all. He had a unique, twisted sense of humor that he shared with everyone. He cared greatly about being genuine; he was a straight shooter who told it how it was. He felt that integrity was important, and no matter how he was perceived by others, he had to be true to himself.

David loved his golf, where he was known as a fierce competitor and a two-time Club Champion at the Leland Country Club. He also had a great affinity for the outdoors, hunting and travelling everywhere with his German Shorthairs.

David is survived by his wife, Susan (Epting) McKisson; his children, Shannon McKisson, Sally (Eric) Andrews, Daniel (Marina) McKisson and Jason McKisson; and his siblings, Camilla (Hunter) Marvel, Jack (Peggy) McKisson, Ryan (Mary) McKisson, Bill (Anne) McKisson, Mary (Bob) Brown, Sarah McKisson and Susie (Steve) Savoie.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of David’s life was held on Sat. Sept. 1, 2018 at the Leland Lodge.

Condolences may be shared with David’s family at www.martinson.info.

Arrangements are with Martinson Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Leelanau.

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