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DAVID, Walter R.

November 13, 2013 5:47 AM

85, passed away quietly October 29, 2013 after a long and happy life. Walt was born in Erie, Pa. on January 18, 1928 to Paul A and Monica (Kujawski) David. He attended Penn University as a Naval Aviation Cadet and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1949.

Walt was stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington state where he met his future wife, Delores A Sweeney of Seattle. They were married on April 26, 1951, and eventually settled in Santa Barbara in 1969.

Hired by Trans World Airlines in 1952 as a copilot on the DC-3, Walt's career spanned the golden age of the airlines and he was one of the first to usher in the Jet Age as a captain on the Boeing 707. By the time he retired in 1986, he was the senior captain flying 747s out of Los Angeles International.

Walt and Delores raised four children in Santa Barbara, all of whom graduated from Bishop Diego High School where he was an assistant baseball coach for several seasons. In addition to being an excellent athlete, Walt was also an accomplished musician and composer, playing the clarinet and saxophone in Art Melni's Big Band.

Walt David is survived by his wife, Delores, and four children, Diane David Schmidt of Valencia, California, Jack David of Ojai, California, Jim David of Ventura, California, and Mike David of Memphis, Tennessee.


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