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Norman David

April 11, 1940 ~ January 31, 2020 (age 79)

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Norman David passed away surrounded by loved ones on January 31, 2020 at 79.5 years of age.  Knowing Norm, he died on purpose just to prove he was right about the “quack doctors” who were “going to kill him”.   He may be gone but his larger than life persona, his generosity and trademark stubbornness will not be forgotten.

 

Norman was world-renowned for his lack of patience, not holding back his opinion (especially when his steak was cooked wrong) and had a knack for telling it like it is.  He was hard working, an excellent driver (on and off the track) and could fix nearly anything better than anyone.  He had an amazing head of hair, a quick mind and when no one was looking – a kind demeanor.  He passed all these traits (except the great hair) on to his children, Mike, Dana, Kristi, Matt and Katie.  He was thankful that his children found wonderful people to spend their life with - Kelly, Hisham, Mike (who preceded him in death and is waiting to talk landscaping with him), Jessika and Chris.  He was lucky to have some good women in his life too - Marsha (who preceded him in death and is probably locking the gates to heaven now) and Kay Evans-David who remained one of his closest friends to the very end. 

 

He was the son of the late Hiram David and Opal Messner-David-Henry.  He had many dear siblings who are waiting for him in heaven – Fronia, Lester Leon, Clyde, Martha, Emogene, Ellouise and Jane. And those here on earth missing him already - Etta, Mary, Hershel and Linda.  He was the youngest boy in his large family and was so spoiled by his sisters that at 79 he was still considered their “baby”.  He had wonderful nieces and nephews who he did not see often but thought highly of.

 

He despised the smell of chicken, wearing anything but sweat pants and work boots (yes, his daily outfit of choice), people parking in front of his house or in his driveway, ice in his soda, all reality TV shows (except Maury), and anything to do with the Kardashians.

 

He loved his grandchildren, Steven, Kayci, Mikayla, Donovan, Jake, Jonathan, McKenzie, Emma and Chris, NASCAR, baked potatoes with extra sour cream, cheese toast from Sizzler (but only when it was toasted on both sides), a good cigar, a perfectly mowed lawn, his swimming pool (especially when the PH and chlorine levels were spot on) and classic Elvis songs (the “Elvis, before he got fat”). 

 

Following his wishes, there will be no funeral service, but well-wishers are encouraged to write a note of farewell on a Dr Pepper can and drink it in his honor.  A celebration of his life will be held soon with date and details to be determined.  He was never one for sentiment, but he wanted you to know that “It ain’t cheating if you don’t get caught … so live life on your own terms!”

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