Devall Chamberlain King, (Val), 74, passed away Jan. 6, in Sarasota. He was born in New Iberia, La., April 3, 1939. He loved sailboats and ships from the time he was a little boy, and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 12.
He graduated from LSU in political science and University of Southwest Louisiana in special education and moved to Sarasota because he liked the Sarasota Sailing Squadron. Over his 30 years of teaching, he enjoyed New Directions High School, in Sarasota, best; and spent his weekends sailing.
He retired and ran an excursion boat, The Tropic Star, docked in Bokeelia, cruising Pine Island, Cayo Costa, Cabbage Key.
He was hospitalized in 2005, recovered, and quickly called Cunard Cruise Line to book the Around the World Cruise on the QE II visiting 50 ports at 40 countries. He was a past commodore of the Sarasota Sailing Squadron, 1975, and built many of the model ships displayed in the clubhouse. He has many friends at Sarasota Senior Friendship Center.
He is survived by his sister, Elizabeth King Dunkle of Clemson S.C.; daughter, Sara Elizabeth King of Sarasota; granddaughters, Anamilok Aurora Spickard of Nikiski, Alaska, and Santosha Ariel Spickard of Atlanta.
An Eckankar Memorial Service is planned at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron, Saturday, Jan. 25, at 3 p.m