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David Albright

Feb. 6, 1938-Jan. 17, 2009

David C. Albright, 70, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, January 17, 2009 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.

David Albright was born to Ernest and Sophie Albright on Feb. 6, 1938 in Detroit Lakes. He attended school in Detroit Lakes and was active in hockey, football and basketball. He graduated from Detroit Lakes High Schoool in 1956 and continued his education at St. Cloud State University, where he played hockey and graduated in 1960 with a degree in education.

David married Sharon Myhre of Detroit Lakes in March 1961; they went on to have five daughters. David began his teaching career in Detroit Lakes as an elementary school teacher at Washington Elementary. In 1967, David and Sharon moved to Florida, where David continued teaching middle school math for over 25 years. He returned to Detroit Lakes in 2005.

David was active in sports; boating, hunting and fishing throughout his life, and thoroughly enjoyed participating in tennis and boating with his daughters and watching his grandchildren play sports. David participated in and completed the 26-mile Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, Minn., while in his 40's. He thoroughly enjoyed being on the water, whether it be Detroit Lakes or the Atlantic Ocean, and connecting with people.

Surviving David are Sharon Albright; daughters, Heidi (Randy) McPherson of Davie, Fla., Shelly (Jack) Maguire of Detroit Lakes, Toni (Mike) Mehalko of Greensboro, N.C., and Gretchen (Jorge) Coscullnela of Miami, Fla.; as well as eight grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Ernest and Sophie; an infant brother, and an infant daughter.

There will be visitation from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20 at the David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service; and continuing for one hour prior to Wednesday's service at Emmanuel Nursing Home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21 at the Emmanuel Nursing Home Chapel in Detroit Lakes, with Chaplain Vicki Marthaler officiating. Burial will be in the spring at Oak Grove Cemetery in Detroit Lakes.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes has been serving the family. An online guestbook is available at