David Maxson “Dave” Everett, age 81, a 50-year resident of the Eagle River, Wis., area, passed peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019.

He was born in Fresno, Calif., on Feb. 13, 1938, to Max and Elizabeth Everett. His family later moved across country to Phillipsburg, N.J., where Dave received his schooling before moving to Wisconsin.

Dave excelled as a salesman, beginning in car sales in Milwaukee, Wis., and later selling fasteners, first for Metro Bolt, and later for Premier Industrial.

In 1969, using the foundation he gained from these jobs, he established GARD Specialists Co., now a nationwide distributor of exceptional quality industrial maintenance supplies. Dave spent his life curating a line of high-end products, some of which were patented products; most notably, the GARDsert, a thread repair insert.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Margaret (Hinterberg) Everett of Eagle River; daughters, Christine (Cliff) Maulsby of Eagle River, and Cynthia (Bradford) Johnson of Stillwater, Minn.; son, Forrest Everett of Los Angeles, Calif.; sister, Ann Everett of Greenfield, Wis.; brother, Greg Everett of Eagle River; grandchildren, Kayla, Karilyn, Seth and Samuel Johnson, and Ryan and Grant Brown; and many extended family and friends.

Dave loved traveling the country to explore nature and visit family and friends, customers, sales reps or vendors. He was a food connoisseur who enjoyed treating others to fine cuisine, ethnic fare, and backroads diners all over the country. Dave was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed snowmobiling, golfing and fly fishing.

Over the course of his life, he served the community in various capacities including as president of the Northland Pines School Board and as president of the Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club.

Dave served with the Army National Guard and was a longtime member of the Audubon Society, Trout Unlimited, and Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club.

While his business was the epicenter of his life, it was merely a vehicle for his generosity, which is his true legacy. Dave’s selfless giving took many forms — he showered gifts on friends and strangers alike, provided many with opportunities for success, offered his time as a patient teacher, and bought countless meals for family, friends and business acquaintances. 

Dave will be remembered for his giant bear hugs, strong handshakes, gadget collection and sense of humor. He was a generous joy-bringing, larger-than-life optimist with a zest for life, an unequivocal sense of integrity and a one-liner for every occasion.

In everything, Dave lived passionately and to the fullest. “Dangerous Dave,” we, your loved ones, promise to forever remain “wild, sassy, and uncontrollable” in your honor. We will miss you dearly. 

A Celebration of Life in Dave’s honor will be held at Chef Rene’s at Eagle River Inn, 5260 WI-70 West in Eagle River, on Monday, Jan. 20, at 11 a.m. We hope you will join us. If you are planning to attend, we kindly ask that you RSVP at dave-everett.com.

The family is compiling stories, photos and memories of Dave.  We invite you to visit the Celebration website, dave-everett.com to share a story or memory, a photo(s), a reflection, something you have learned or appreciate, or a phrase or word that describes Dave and why.

Arrangements by Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home, Eagle River. Online condolences may be expressed at gaffney-busha.com and dave-everett.com.