K6SOJ, David “D.W.” Thorne, 75, passed away peacefully at his home on January 17, 2018. He was in the company of his wife Cheri. David was born and raised in Orange County, California. He fondly recalled the “Pre-freeway and pre-Disneyland” days. But as the county grew, he felt trapped. He and his wife Nannette fled the city and established “Thorne Camp” in Macdoel in 1988. The first winter they lived in a 16 foot tipi on their property as they saved to build their home. He enjoyed views of Mt. Shasta, Sheep Mountain, and Mt. Hebron from their 80 acre wilderness sanctuary. David had been involved in emergency, disaster, and humanitarian work, both professionally and as a volunteer, his entire life. He was a graduate of the second EMT class ever offered in California. The majority of his professional background was in hospital and community health as a registered nurse. He has contributed countless hours as a volunteer with The Red Cross, search and rescue, and in emergency communications through amateur radio. As a child, David enjoyed listening to shortwave radio broadcasts from all over the world. He later earned his amateur radio license KC6HOY in 1989. He soon upgraded his license to General, Advanced, and finally Extra Class in 2000. He also changed his callsign to K6SOJ. The suffix, “SOJ” , stands for “State of Jefferson”. David was very active with The Amateur Radio Emergency Service and The California Office of Emergency Services for many years. He helped train and coordinate amateur radio operators to be effective during fires and other emergencies. He truly lived the Boy Scout Motto “Be Prepared” and helped others to do the same. David is survived by his wife Cheri, his daughters Leah and Lydia, and a total of ten grand children and great grand children. A private service will be held. Cheri asks that in lieu of flowers, that donations are made in David’s memory to your local animal shelter or rescue organization.