RIP: Longtime Seattle Bubble Commenter David Losh

In the open thread yesterday Ira pointed out something sad that is worth sharing with the whole community here. Longtime Seattle Bubble commenter David Losh passed away on October 10th.

18 June, 1953~10 October, 2013

David, a loving husband, father, uncle and brother, passed from this world peacefully last Thursday, October 10th, after a valiant battle against colon cancer.

David was born in the Maxwell AFB Hospital, Montgomery, AL, on June 18, 1953, to Marion Jean Slizeski Losh and John Harvey Losh, DMD, as his father was serving his country during the Korean War.

Dave grew up in the Blue Ridge Community of Seattle, attending Christ the King and Blanchet High Schools. Although he attended some college classes, Dave was drawn to the Real Estate and Property Maintenance business from a very early age as he joined his elder brother in a house painting enterprise while still in high school. Dave eventually became a successful licensed Real Estate Broker and the co-founder of Seattle House Cleaning Company, in North Seattle. – See more at:

David had left over 7,700 comments on Seattle Bubble between 2006 and 2013, making him easily one of the top five most prolific commenters in this site’s eight year history.

Another longtime commenter here, Ira Sacharoff, put it well:

I met David in person at a couple of Seattle Bubble meetups, and was glad to meet him in person. Some people are completely different online and in person, and David was one of them. Online, he didn’t always make sense. But in person he was coherent, friendly, and funny. I always enjoyed reading his stuff here. I didn’t always agree with what he wrote, but I think he added greatly to the entertainment value of Seattle Bubble, and I’ll miss him.

RIP David.

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About The Tim

Tim Ellis is the founder of Seattle Bubble. His background in engineering and computer / internet technology, a fondness of data-based analysis of problems, and an addiction to spreadsheets all influence his perspective on the Seattle-area real estate market. Tim also hosts the weekly improv comedy sci-fi podcast Dispatches from the Multiverse.


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    Corndogs says:

    [note: moved from the Mayor poll -Tim]

    RE: Ray pepper @ 1 – SON OF A B!TCH!!!!! I just had to google his name to find out what you were talking about and found his obituary. Corndog is stunned and truly affected by this loss. David, although you generally drove me crazy you stood your ground, you stayed engaged in life to the end and some of our transactions still make me laugh even now. I apologize for those comments that may have gone too far, and.I trust that you find the place you are in now far better than those unfulfilled dreams you shared with us here.

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    Ray pepper says:

    RE: Corndogs @ 2 – as with Ira I also met David. After I met him I was unable to really engage with him anymore. I liked him alot. But I did bash him in the past. I feel terrible. Never knew he was suffering.

    I hope his family is ok and provided for.

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    Erik says:

    I was very saddened to hear david losh died. It was good to have his insights. This site will not be as good without him.

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    ARDELL says:

    I go from laughing at some of the funny times we shared, to crying at the sudden loss. He has been in my thoughts all day, and will likely be for some time to come.

    R.I.P David

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    Peter Witting says:

    Oh, man. I’ll miss you, David.

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    ugggh says:

    RIP, DL. You will be missed. Thoughts to the family.

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    ray pepper says:

    Bravo Tim! I’m VERY happy that you recognized David. David was THE MOST blasted commentators here on the Bubble the last few years. He spent countless hours on Bubble offering opinions, defending his own to the best of his ability, and really taking the “heat” from many who post here. I’m not just referring to Corndogs because there were many BEFORE Corn who blasted David, including me, and I feel terrible. I don’t like saying this but I feel a bit of a bully for some of the things I said to David in the early years. Then after I met him I could no longer do it. He was a truly nice guy and respected everyone….

    I never knew he was suffering. Just never knew.

    Hat Tip to YOU Tim for honoring the man who spent so much time of his his life on your site!

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    The Tim says:

    FYI I moved a few comments here that were left on yesterday’s Mayor poll before this post was up.

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    Thanks for drawing attention to this, Tim.
    David deserves this. I realize that not a whole lot of people read the open threads, and I felt bad making the announcement on a Sunday, when the open threads would disappear the next day. When I first met David, it was at the Seattle Bubble meetup at a tavern in Wallingford. It was pretty well attended, and there were three real estate agents there: Ray Pepper, David, and myself. I deal with real estate agents on a regular basis. Most of them are smiley but shallow, don’t want to upset the apple cart and lose a potential customer, so they keep their opinions to themselves( and it’s a good thing because those opinions are usually wrong and self serving). So it was so refreshing hanging out with Ray and David, both highly opinionated, and neither of whom even came remotely close to fitting the stereotype. If you’d introduced the three of us to a stranger, real estate agent would have been the last occupation that came to mind.

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    I Watched the Evolution of David from Bull to Bear on Seattle Real Estate the Last Few Years

    When faced with death I’m sure a lot of our present politics could swing 180 degrees….does that mean when faced with death we deal with the issues more clearly?

    Perhaps, I’m sure it makes us far more greatful for the remaining days we have on earth. David and I seemed to be on the same frequency this year and my prayers go out to his family this morning.

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    whatsmyname says:

    David may have been the only person ever to promote doing charity work on this site. I never met him in person, but it was clear from his posts that he was good hearted and free from malice. That is a pretty good statement to be able to make about a life.

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    One Eyed Man says:

    I’ll be raising a shot of the Irish to David sometime a little later today and I’ll be leaving a tip for the keeper of this Public House where David so frequently voiced his opinions.

    Thank You David for giving us your time, insights and opinions. And Thanks to The Tim for giving David and the rest of us this bully pulpit thru which to share and learn. In the words of John Donne “send not to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.”

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    ARDELL says:

    The first time I met David in person he came to meet me at an Open House and stayed for a couple of hours. The place was mobbed with people because it was in Queen Anne. David was all dressed up in a suit and expensive shoes with little tassels on them. Not at all what I expected. He said Marlow Harris told him he had to get all dressed up if he was planning to meet me, which I thought was odd.

    To me David was the same person online as he was in real life. He was truly perplexed by some of the changes in real estate created by technology and always reaching for the answer as to why and whether those changes were good or bad. As he often stated, he felt people were valuing the wrong things. Even at the Open House he was quite vocal with the visitors, telling them they loved the wrong things and hated the right things. :)

    At one point he was pushing my buttons, as he was known to do from time to time. I gave him a big Elaine from Seinfeld “Get Out” with the shove that goes with. It doesn’t mean leave. It means “Get Out! Are You Kidding Me?” From the moment I did it and for about a week afterward I couldn’t help but think that he was going to get Craig Blackmon on the horn to sue me for assault. LOL!

    Of course he thought it was funny and just loved to do and say things to get a big reaction. We spent a lot of time over the years talking on the phone and emailing about real estate. Often about topics that had to do with cat pee carpets and properties that needed a lot of TLC overhaul just to get them on market.

    He was a valued resource and I will miss him.

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    Marc says:

    This is shocking news and terribly sad. I applaud David for surely putting up a courageous fight. And to this community which clearly meant a lot to him despite the vitriol sometimes aimed his way. I wish he would have shared his condition so that we all could have shared with him the value he brought to us all. What a reminder to appreciate those around us.

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    patient says:

    This is very sad news. RIP David, you will be missed.

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    I had a very good friend die of colon cancer back in 2008. Having been there the last week or so of his life I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. One thing we can probably all agree on: Cancer sucks!

    My thoughts go out to David’s family, particularly his surviving spouse. Hopefully the worst of their emotional trauma is over by now, and they’re on the road to some recovery, but the past several months have undoubtedly been emotionally devastating.

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    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 17

    Hi Kary

    Haven’t read your insightful blogs on this site for a while, but at least we can keep the memory of David alive today and remember his wonderful philosophies and wisdoms.

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    David B. says:

    Sad news. My condolences to his family.

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    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 17
    Nice to see you Kary. Maybe it’s time for me to get that long dreaded colonoscopy.

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    RE: Ira Sacharoff @ 20 – My friend died in 2008. I had that procedure done in 2009. There more than just a little bit of causation there.

    Fortunately I was okay, but perhaps this event with David will cause someone else to get tested who isn’t okay, but not at the point where it’s too late.

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    I hereby recommend that all Seattle Bubble regulars schedule that colonoscopy we’ve been putting off.

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    Blurtman says:

    RE: Ira Sacharoff @ 20 – It’s not really that bad, especially if you like altered states.

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    Jonness says:

    First, kick someone less fortunate than you in the teeth while he’s battling for his life. Then, when he dies, trumpet to the group what a rock star you are, because you really cared for this person.

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    kfhoz says:

    I also appreciated hearing the exchanges that David Losh contributed to.

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    RE: Blurtman @ 23
    I like altered states. I’m not sure I like having a camera inserted into my rear end and then snaked through my colon. Can’t I just take some mescaline and call it good?

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    Topdog says:

    Very sorry to read this; David’s outside the box insight and perspective will be missed.
    My condolences to his family, friends and the community he touched.

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    Jay says:

    I learned so much from David’s unique insight on Seattle Real Estate. He strongly advised buyers to stay away from bidding wars during the last few months of his life! I guess he cared and had a lot of passion about real estate. I asked him numerous questions, and he always answered them in details! In fact, I was wondering why he stopped writing comments recently. I thought he was on vacation. This is still a shock to me!

    I hope his family is doing well. I wish he shared a little bit of his condition with us, so that we could have thanked him for his valuable contribution here! We will miss you for sure.

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    Erik says:

    RE: Jonness @ 24
    Nobody knew that Losh was battling for his life. Losh elected to come on this website and banter back and forth. He liked the bantering. That’s why he came on here and finished every argument that he started.

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    Chuck C says:

    Sorry to hear the news. I always enjoyed his commentary and contribution to this forum. Thanks for the insight, David, and RIP.

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    Marlow Harris says:

    Oh no. I didn’t know he died. I didn’t know he was sick. I spoke to him a few months ago… he had asked me to go over and check on his dad’s house that was for sale, the fairy tale pink house at the entrance to Blue Ridge, the one with the pink Cadillac always parked right out front. His dad was was quite the character and I always saw him dressed as a Leprechaun in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in downtown Seattle. David’s brother owns Ewing & Clark, so that firm had it listed for sale, but I was glad to go over and give a price opinion. David’s Dad had passed away earlier this year, and his mom had died a few years ago. David’s first wife had passed away in the early 90’s. Seems like many people he loved had died. With his father’s passing, he was probably going to come into some money…. that’s too bad he didn’t get to enjoy it. He must have been sick when he asked me to go over to the house, but didn’t mention it to me. And now that I think of it, I had spoke to him several times this summer to hire his company to clean and prepare some listings for sale. He had started that housekeeping company with the idea of keeping his new wife’s family employed when they came from South America, so I used them quite often for house cleaning and small repairs and always tried to send business their way. I’m sorry he didn’t tell me he was sick. He would always remember my birthday and give me a call or send me an email on that day. I think this is the first time I’ve commented on this site… wish it was under different circumstances.

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    One Eyed Man says:

    RE: Erik @ 29

    If anyone would like to follow David’s comments about his cancer treatment you can find them on the colon cancer seattle link below. Please note that on the link, the oldest comments appear at the bottom of the page.

    I learned of the colon cancer seattle site from SWE. (Thanks SWE) SWE provided the above link on the following Seattle Bubble Open Thread.

    Erik, my comment isn’t intended to be a criticism of you or anyone else.

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    voight-kampff says:

    He had unique perspective on a great many things, and that is exactly why I visit this sight. Unique perspectives have so much more to offer. Thank you David.

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    Blurtman says:

    RE: Ira Sacharoff @ 26 – Yes, but they give you the video which can make great viewing on movie night. “Look, honey, there’s that meatloaf you made last week.”. Or, for those inclined the other way, not that there is anything wrong with it, “Look, Bob, there’s that weasel we lost.”

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    Astro Kermit says:

    Rest in peace David.

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    Erik says:

    RE: One Eyed Man @ 32
    I was responding to Jonness’ comment.

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    Haybaler says:

    I’m shocked and sad to read of Davids death.

    I feel like I’ve lost a friend.

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    doug says:

    Although I have only posted and read the Seattle Bubble over the last year or so, I thoroughly enjoyed and respected David Losh’s views on the economy; as mine are almost exactly the same. I am at this minute reading his obituary in the Seattle Times and am happy I had the opportunity to read his posts.

    David Losh God welcomes you home.

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    I was very surprised to hear of David’s passing. He was an interesting character and was very passionate about what he believed in. I too found him to be different in real life than his internet persona.

    I believe the first time I met him was a couple years ago at a West Seattle social media meet up – out of the blue, I look up and this gentleman says “do you know who I am?” Instantly I knew it was David…I believe he had a housekeeping job in the area and decided to pop by to introduce himself.

    My heart goes to out to his family and loved ones.

    RIP David.

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    Jonness says:

    By Erik @ 29:

    RE: Jonness @ 24
    Nobody knew that Losh was battling for his life. Losh elected to come on this website and banter back and forth. He liked the bantering. That’s why he came on here and finished every argument that he started.

    My point is, if you are going to say something you believe in, then say something you believe in. But don’t pull a Corndogs and simply say whatever pathological BS will get you the most thumbs up from the group.

    Corndogs is nothing more than a made up personality that refers to itself in the third person and comes to this group for no other reason than to feed its outlandish narcissism. Losh was a real live human being who poured his heart and soul into his posts.

    We have no real clue who or what Corndogs is or what he does, and for that matter, no real clue who you or I are or what we do. But David was different. He revealed his true self to us and gave us something real. And that’s what made him special compared to the rest of us goons.

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    whatsmyname says:

    RE: Jonness @ 40
    I don’t see any BS in Corndog’s post. He acknowledges a wide divide, but expresses shock, reconciliation, and pays respect to the man’s strengths. There is nothing unnatural in developing some level of affection for an honest adversary, and at least no wish for harm. David deserved that. It was expressed. Why not just leave it there?

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    Erik says:

    RE: Jonness @ 40
    Corndogs is an ex boeing engineer. Stress analyst I think with a mechanical engineering degree. His dad taught him and his siblings how to invest in real estate. The family works together investing in real estate. He rented while owning homes that he rented to people. I imagine he is worth about 5-10million. He has been at this his whole life though. This is what I have deducted.

    I am probably one of the poorest people on here. I am looking to figure out how to change that by talking to people on here. Boeing engineer as well. Mechanical engineer. I would like to eventually quit my day job and make real estate my job by remodeling or investing.

    There you go. Now you know.

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    Scotsman says:

    Wow- just found this by fat finger clicking on the home page header. I knew David was sick but hadn’t been keeping up. Although I never met him he’s one of original regulars I’ve always thought it would be fun to meet. He had his own ideas, was willing to look at new ones, and clearly loved to engage and debate. I got the sense he was always working on becoming a better person, had some pretty clearly defined values and thought about how they fit into his daily living. I never, ever thought that the main thing on his mind was himself. There was always some external focus, another person or a greater good that captured his attention.

    Cancer is a bitxh. I hope his family is getting on well with happy memories beginning to fill the void he left. I’m going to miss reading his posts. God bless ya, David!

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