David Bradford Ross passed away peacefully on October 15, 2016. Born on January 16, 1929 in Perkins, Oklahoma, he was the second son of Clarence and Arlie Ross. He attended the Perkins School System graduating in 1946. David attended Oklahoma A&M University and graduated from Central State College in Edmond, Oklahoma with a degree in English. He continued his education and became certified with the U.S. Chamber Institute at Southern Methodist University and the United States Chamber Academy at Notre Dame.
In 1961, he joined the Bartlesville, Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce, beginning a 33-year career in organization management. He served Chambers in Bartlesville and Sapula, Oklahoma and the Greater Tulsa Home Builders Association. He also served as President of the Denton Chamber of Commerce, the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, The East Texas Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Texas State Chamber of Commerce. He assisted the Texas Tourist Council with their merger with Discover Texas, Inc. into the Texas Tourist and Travel Association and oversaw membership sales for the Texas Tourist Association. David was also instrumental in the development of the Texas Chamber of Commerce. At the Clear Lake Area Chamber, David was the driving force behind the widening of NASA Road 1 and the development of NASA Parkway. In addition, he served as an outstanding chamber president and oversaw tremendous growth of the Clear Lake Area Chamber. David was a strong community leader and visionary.
After his lengthy Chamber career, he founded David B. Ross and Associates, a membership sales organization for non-profit organizations. He oversaw many successful membership campaigns in the Greater Houston Area.
David is survived by two children, Cindy Lou and David, Jr., two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, nephew, Daniel Ross and family. He also leaves behind his dearest friend Carol Harman, her daughters Lori and Julie, four grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. All of whom gave him much love and support in his later years.
David was full of life and full of humor. He always had a joke to tell and a story to share. He forever had us laughing and will be missed. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the
in David's name.