“Leo” was born David Carl Adams, the second of three sons of Lucia Patch Adams and Thomas Wayne Adams. He was raised in Minnesota in the Long Lake area, where he lived until his Early 20’s. As A young man he worked creatively, making jewelry, furniture and musical instruments. He was proud to consider himself a craftsman, following his grandfathers’ footsteps.
In his 20’s Leo moved to Oregon and settled in Tillamook. He worked in the woods; at Besters Salvage; and as a carpenter. In 1981, the declining economy led him to relocate to Alaska at the invitation of close friends Norman and Kathy Saetre and David Cross. There he worked first as a Volkswagen mechanic, then tested into the Carpenters Union. His ability to test into the union, and forego apprenticeship was another point of pride for Leo.
While in Alaska he Homesteaded ten remote Acres near Talkeetna and worked as a carpenter through the union for many years. He married and had three sons of his own. During his “Alaska years” He returned to Oregon often, visiting his home up the Trask River. He also traveled extensively in Southeast Asia. Traveling with his children he viewed as an important part of their education and a great family adventure.
Leo Returned to Oregon to reside in Tillamook, on the Trask River In the early 90’s, where he raised his boys. He was involved with the formation of the Tillamook Watershed Counsel and participated on the council for many years. He volunteered many hours with the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership where he was involved as a water quality monitor for over 20 years, taking multiple water samples from the Trask river several times a month. He was honored after his death With the TEP’s Environmental Stewardship Award.
Leo died at age 65, after a short but valiant battle with lung cancer. He is survived by his mother Lucia Adams of Long Lake Minnesota, his brothers, Thomas and Roger and his dearest cousin Fred Patch and his wife Mary also of Minnesota, his son Daniel and daughter-in-law Jamielee, sons Sam and Thomas Adams and their mother Lisa Kendall all of Oregon. He also leaves behind a host of amazing dear friends who came together to help Leo and his family before and since his passing. Our gratitude and love for these wonderful folks knows no depth! Thanks to Dione, for your kindness, generous spirit and dancing; to Josh for your compassion, insights and energy; to Bud for your courage and love; and Red, Judy, Mike, Jim, Maysa, Rob, Ann, Denise, Scott, Joel, Dana, James, Charlie, Cheyenne and so many more of you…Thank you.
A Memorial and celebration of his life will be held at his favorite place on earth, 15250 Trask River Road, in Tillamook Oregon on Saturday Aug 10th. Much like his annual summer party, the music should start at 3:00. Potluck will start around 4:30. Please come. Come and dance. He would love for us all to dance. “To dance is to Live” - Snoopy