October 12, 1933 - October 25, 2013 David A. Caylor, professional singer and former Marine, passed away in Newport Beach, California on Friday, October 25, 2013. Born on October 12, 1933 in Indiana, his love for music and his country started at a young age. He first sang a solo in church when he was just three years old. After graduating from Eastern Kentucky University, he proudly enlisted in the Marines. He served as an officer and jet pilot in the Marines for 20 years. He did two tours of duty in Vietnam and received 13 Air medals and a Navy Commendation Medal. Dave was also a member of the Marine Corps Band, including the President's Own. During this time, he wrote the song, "A United States Marine" to honor the Marine Corps. After retiring from active duty, Dave continued to pursue his passion for music and became a professional singer. He performed as a soloist with dance orchestras, local musical productions, opera companies, military field bands, church chorales, operatic ensembles, and symphony orchestras. He sang with La Camerata of Los Angeles for 30 years, the San Diego Opera for 10 years, as well as the Burbank Chorale and St. James Anglican Choir. He also did musical tours in Spain, Paris, and China. He also performed in Carnegie Hall three times. In addition to his musical accomplishments, Dave was an experienced world traveler. He, and his wife, Katie, shared a love of adventure and travel and recently visited South America, France, and Africa. Dave was also an avid racquetball and tennis player - one of the ways he stayed so fit and young at heart. Dave was a true friend, rare individual, and courageous human being. Throughout this life, Dave kept in close touch with his friends, old and new. He truly exemplified the Marines' motto of "semper fi." He was fun-loving, abounded in generosity, and had a great sense of humor. Dave was loved by all and will be deeply missed by those who knew him. He is survived by his beloved wife Katie Caylor and her three daughters, his son David Xavier and adopted son Michael, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. A Celebration of Life will be November 16, 1pm at the Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 3, 2013