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David Duane DeaDecember 1, 1943 ~ August 23, 2017 (age 73)
David Duane Dea
The incredible life journey ended for Dave on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 as he passed peacefully, surrounded by his daughters after a hard fought battle with cancer. David was born at St. Marks hospital December 1, 1943 to Carl and Vera (Sudbury) Dea in Salt Lake City, UT. Living in Magna with his 6 brothers, he was very active in his community. David was quick to lend a helping hand and was friends with many. He was a member of a singing group called "the senior six" in high school and voted by the student body with "that certain smile". He was a 2 year letterman in both football and baseball and every girls crush. He graduated high school from Cyprus High, class of 1962. David soon discovered his passion for wanting to serve our great country and has always been a patriot. He chose to join the U.S. Army to advance a future in the medical field where he was part of the 2nd Regiment Infantry, "Saints" when he received orders for Vietnam War, then later was relieved from assignment and was given orders to California where he became a cook. After honorable discharge, David went into the local pipe fitters association and Kennecott became his second home for 30+ years, where he became a professional in trade work, a maintenance superintendent and an inventor. Dave was a hard worker, remarkable welder and creator and was the "little big brother" to Larry, who continued their own business D&D Products together. He was an inspiring father, enjoyed life to the fullest and approached each day with a large smile and a "give it hell" attitude, which was contagious. He was one to bring his best to any situation and lighten up the darkest of moments with his optimistic outlook and compassion. Though David had his set skill, he was a jack of all trades. He enjoyed golfing and being with his buddies, fishing, bowling, painting, hunting, cooking, cars and kids. He would welcome all challenges that life would put before him and was always there when others were in need. David had many accomplishments in life. Some of his proudest moments include hitting hole-in-ones, running his own business, managing the course at The Copper golf club and watching his daughters grow. He was preceded in death by his parents (Carl and Vera Dea), daughter (Michelle Dea), grandson (Andan Dea), Brothers, (Brent and Carl Dea).
He is survived by his daughters; Cheri Lynn Day, Brenda Dea, Briana Dea, Trina Mondragon, many grandchildren and great grandchildren and his brothers; Larry, Wayne, Tim and Leon.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 12:00 Noon at Camp Williams Chapel. 17111 1700 W, Bluffdale, UT 84065 with service to be held at 1:00pm.
Interment will follow in the Camp Williams Cemetery. We love you to the moon and back!