David E. Monnin

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July 16, 1934 - February 5, 2014 David Edgar Monnin (Dave) age 79 of Marina Del Rey California, passed away peacefully on February 5, 2014. Dave, a 50 year resident of Marina del Rey, will be remembered by his many friends for his sailing achievements, his career in aerospace, his service to his country, and his contributions to the community. Dave was born in Louisiana on July 16, 1934, the son of Della Ruth (Walter) and Edgar B. Monnin. He lived in Louisiana throughout his childhood, then graduated from New Orleans High School in 1952. Dave earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tulane University in 1959. Shortly thereafter he enlisted in the United States Air Force and rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant. Dave's successful business career at Hughes Aircraft resulted in many significant aerospace assignments. He worked in the United Kingdom, the Philippines, and West Germany on several classified programs prior to retirement. Dave was an accomplished sailor who, won over a hundred trophies in Santa Monica Bay sailboat regatta's. His yacht "Canopus" a sloop of the PC class was legendary. He was a regular participant in the historic PC sailboat fleet. Dave was a long time member of the California Yacht Club; joining the "CYC facility" in Marina del Rey in January 1961. He remained an active member until his death. Dave was sought after as crew for many long distance yacht races including: "Ray Jarecki" a J 36' in the Trans Pac, "Soliloquy" a 70' in the Puerto Vallarta race and Bill Edwards-Boyd's "America's Cup 64' 12 Meter yacht "Valiant" in the Newport to Ensenada race. He also enjoyed skiing and tennis but had an abiding interest in all things technical, especially working on his classic sailboat "Canopus." His love for skiing lead him to purchase a home in Sun Valley. Dave, with his friends, spent many carefree moments on the slopes of Mt. Baldy and socializing at The Sun Valley Lodge. In his spare time Dave contributed to a variety of community projects. Two of these were especially noteworthy. From 1994 to 2014, in his retirement he was an active member and supporter of the "Full Disclosure Network," a public affairs cable television station. He participated in the development of the 2001 Emmy Award winning Series entitled "LA's War Against Terrorism," covering the LAPD, LA County Sheriff's Dept. and the City's efforts to fight terrorism after 911. Dave also spent years contributing to the development of a speech therapy program designed to help children suffering from speech and language impediments. He died quietly with "loving caregivers" by his side on February 5 in his home in Marina Del Rey. Dave had been under treatment for Parkinson's disease, for the last several years. Dave was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Walter. He is survived by his devoted cousin Ethel May Applewhite of Mississippi and her nieces and nephews. His countless sailing buddies in Marina Del Rey will miss him greatly. A "Celebration of Life" service will be held at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey on March 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM. Brunch will be served, RSVP required to Tom Flannigan (310) 301-2033
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 8 to Mar. 9, 2014
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