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David John Kangas
Nov 1964 Sept 2016
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David John Kangas, 51, died September 9, 2016 after a lengthy battle with lung cancer.  He was at home and surrounded by his wife, two sons and parents.

David was born in November of 1964 in Chicago, IL and moved to Sacramento with his family at age 12.  Early on, he developed a love of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Yosemite especially.

He received a Ph.D. from Yale University in philosophy of religion and taught at Florida State University, Santa Clara University and, since 2011, was an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Cal State Stanislaus.  He wrote two books on the Danish philosopher Kierkegaard and numerous scholarly articles.  He served as a member of the editorial board and a translator of the 11-volumne edition of Kierkegaard’s journal and notebooks.

David was an avid mountaineer, hiker and skier.  He was a lover and supporter of the arts and relished a good glass of wine and a good laugh among friends.  Above all, he loved his family.

He is survived by his wife, Inese Radzins, and his two dear sons, Olaf and Sevrin, parents, Nick and Sandy, brothers Nick, John, and Mike, and their families.

The Memorial Service will be Saturday, October 1, at 3:00 pm in the St. Francis Episcopal Church, 915 E. Main St, Turlock, CA.  The Reception will follow at 5:00 pm in the Art Space on Main, 135 W Main St, Turlock, CA.  Memorial donations may be made in David’s name to .  Please share your memories at