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Solomon David "S.D." David, Jr. passed peacefully into eternal life early morning October 31, 2012. To family, friends and all who knew him, he was renowned for his love, wisdom and generosity. Born December 27, 1924 in Houston, Texas, he was proud to be an American and a member of "The Greatest Generation", but he also reveled in his Lebanese heritage. He graduated from Lamar High School in Houston, immediately after which his blood turned burnt orange and he entered The University of Texas in Austin. He took a brief hiatus from his studies to fly B-17's over Germany out of Thurleigh, England, as well as mapping missions over North Africa. He loved flying those airplanes, but rarely spoke of some of the painful things he witnessed. Returning to UT, he completed a degree in economics and business administration in 1950, and entered a lifelong love affair with Longhorn football and athletics. He began a career in real estate with The Prudential in Houston, where he met and romanced the love of his life, Nancy Steele. They married in April 1952, started a family soon after, and remained steadfast by each other's side until Nancy passed away in 2007. They moved to New Braunfels in 1959, where S.D. and Nancy, despite their "auslander" status, quickly became beloved members of the community. S.D. served as the first president of the Canyon Dam Area Chamber of Commerce, President of the New Braunfels Rotary Club, President of the Wurstfest Association, President of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the first South Texas Legislative Seminar, President of the New Braunfels National Little League, Chairman of the Comal County Central Appraisal District, Director of the Hummel Museum, Senior Warden at St. Joseph's Anglican Church and Director on the Board of the New Braunfels First National Bank. He was a member of the New Braunfels Masonic Lodge #1109 and a 32nd degree Mason. He was known as a man you could turn to if you needed an encouraging word, a sympathetic ear, or a pearl of wisdom. Above all, S.D. loved his family. He and Nancy traveled the world together and parented their children with strong values, faith and love. His love of all things orange infected his boys, and UT athletics became part of the glue of their family's life. Every now and then, Nancy would "gig" him with a rendition of the Aggie War Hymn, just to make the hair on the back of his head stand up! Likewise golf, which brought them together from Landa Park to Horseshoe Bay to Pebble Beach, provided memories that will never fade. Wurstfest will never be the same without him - a dark-haired Lebanese in lederhosen was a sight to behold! The David coat of arms, proudly displaying the flag of Lebanon, will remind all of the impact he had on the annual festival and all the worthwhile groups that are supported by its proceeds.
Those good works, generous community service and love for others, born out in actions, are a legacy of S.D. "Sugar Daddy" David, that everyone who was touched by his life must now carry on. S. D. is preceded in death by his loving wife Nancy, his sisters Florence and Alice and his parents, Solomon David, Sr. and Victoria David. He is survived by his sister Betty Lou Guenveur of California, his three sons, Darrell David, Allen David and wife Cindy, Derby David and wife Lisa all of Austin, Texas, his seven grandchildren, Drew, Tori, Callie, Lauren, Evan, Travis and Tyler who will fondly remember their "Opa" and will miss him greatly and his nieces and nephews who were always close to his heart. A memorial service in his honor will be held on Monday, November 5, 2012 at Oakwood Baptist Church at 2:00 PM in New Braunfels, Tx. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The , the Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Foundation or Hope Hospice.
The family is especially grateful to the many devoted and loving caregivers who were truly angels sent by God. Arrangements are with: Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home, 189 N. Seguin Avenue, New Braunfels, Texas 78130. (830) 625-3434.

Published in Houston Chronicle on Nov. 4, 2012
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