David McClure Obituary

David Eric McClure
David Eric McClure

September 14, 1954 - February 3, 2021
Born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Resided in Anchorage, Alaska


David Eric McClure, 66, of Anchorage, Alaska, died on Feb. 3, 2021. He was born on Sept. 14, 1954, in Johnstown, Pa., and raised in Ligonier Valley, Pa., McClure was a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania and the Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University. He came to Alaska in 1979, as a VISTA Volunteer and worked as the village administrator for the Kvichak River community of Levelock for 14 years. McClure and the village council worked together to build capacity for federal housing project decisions, requiring locally built homes rather than prefabricated federal housing, and directing building lot decisions. There were objections but their efforts prevailed. McClure later became Executive Director of the Bristol Bay Housing Authority in Dillingham and served in that position for 21 years. Before his retirement in 2014, the Alaska Legislature, with encouragement from District 37 Representative Bryce Edgmon, enacted a proclamation thanking McClure for his more than 40 years of service to the state.

Reminiscing recently McClure said he was honored to have had the privilege of working with village leaders such as the late Joe Clark, William Tennyson and Boris Kosbruck, and current BBHA board chairman Luki Akelkok.

With BBHA's support, McClure also served as a board member of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Vice President of the Bristol Bay Telephone Cooperative, Secretary-Treasurer of the Southwest Region School Board, and on the board of Nushagak Cooperatives (regional utility), the Association of Alaska Housing Authorities, Lake and Peninsula Borough Planning Commission, and Dillingham Parks and Recreation Board. He also instrumental in creating the Southwest Alaska Vocational and Education Center (SAVEC) in King Salmon, and served as chairman of SAVEC's board of directors.

A recipient in 2009 of a Rasmuson Foundation sabbatical, McClure's personal interests included electronics, satellite and space shuttle imagery, and the geography of the Allegheny and Appalachian Mountain region. He is survived by his sisters and brothers-in-law, Gloria and Albert Sciulli of Pittsburgh, Diane and Johnie Gross of Sutton, W.Va., and Carol McClure of Monroeville, Pa. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Wilbur McClure. Interment is planned in Pennsylvania.

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