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Story last updated at 3:02 PM on Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Homer man killed in excavator accident remembered as 'quintessential Alaskan'

By Michael Armstrong
Staff Writer


David W. Boone

Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Homer United Methodist Church for a Homer man killed in a construction accident last Friday afternoon. David W. Boone, 57, was found dead beneath an excavator at a home site on Reber Road off West Hill Road on May 4.

The excavator had rolled over, falling on top of Boone. Boone was outside the cab of the excavator, but it's unknown how he fell out of the cab, said Homer Police Lt. Randy Rosencrans.

Boone had last been seen about 3 p.m., Rosencrans said. A 911 call of the accident came in at about 5 p.m. Police and Homer Volunteer Fire Department emergency medical technicians responded. Boone was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Dave was the quintessential Alaskan, not just a hunter, but a world class hunter and fisherman," said family friend Vicki Sarber, whose husband Greg worked with Boone at Prudhoe Bay in the 1980s. "Dave would drop whatever, whenever, no matter what, to help a friend or neighbor in need."

A longtime Homer resident, Boone moved to Alaska with his wife, Marcia, after they married in 1977. They raised their two sons, Corey and Brady, in Homer. Boone worked in Prudhoe Bay with Schlumberger Oilfield Services before eventually fulfilling his longtime dream of becoming a commercial fisherman in 1986, fishing in Bristol Bay. Boone operated a snow removal business in the winter and with his wife ran The Highliner House cabin rentals.

Boone was born Feb. 25, 1955, on his grandparents' farm in Southwick, Idaho. He moved with his family to Walla Walla, Wash., graduating from Walla Walla High School in 1973. He graduated with a degree in fisheries wildlife management from the University of Idaho in 1977. In recent years he and his wife Marcia spent the winter in Arizona.

A full obituary is on page 18.

Because Boone worked as a private contractor and was not in an employee-employer relationship, the accident does not fall under the purview of the Alaska Occupational Safety and Health Program, Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and will not be investigated, said Beth Leschper, communications director for the department.

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael. armstrong@homernews.com.