David Hamilton Arthur, 59, died from Lymphoma on Thursday, August 14, 2014, in his Dunnellon home with his wife and three sons by his side. Born in Miami, August 2, 1955, David exhibited unique and powerful qualities early in life. At the age of 16, he designed and built an aircraft in his family's living room which he later piloted with family and friends at the Palmetto high school football field. David had an affinity for arts, teaching himself how to draw and paint. As a young man he developed a passion for the sport of gymnastics, first competing and then coaching, later becoming a mentor to hundreds of children in the sport. His fascination with gymnastics likely grew from his admiration of the human body's potential to master the physical world, as David Arthur was a thinker. A self-made student of history and science, those who knew David well stood in amazement of his knowledge and understanding of the world's historical and physical matters. Topics about life philosophy, biology, or history of the Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians were among his favorite to contemplate and discuss. His vocation of choice for 35 years was that of a paramedic firefighter
, aiding strangers in their most desperate hour.
Utilizing his comprehensive knowledge, David was also a dedicated inventor and entrepreneur. David created the Street Watch Map. A color-coded map designed in partnership with municipal police departments to warn people of
dangerous areas in the city. The DAVALCO Gun Lock, created more than two decades ago, was designed to prevent accidents with guns. This innovative barrel-covering gunlock is still unmatched in the modern market. David, in partnership with his loving wife and soul mate Valerie, established two other successful enterprises, the Sweet Face Lolly Company and Florida Gymnastics Training Center. David being an excelled computer programmer, also created unique systems for Public Safety Departments including resourceful computer programming work he accomplished for Miami Dade Fire Rescue.
David Arthur the man, was a Christian who enjoyed philosophizing as would a theologian, theorizing on the thoughts and purposes of God's world and work. As a husband to Valerie, he worked side by side with her, building a unique team with their three sons to create a purpose- driven life together. He and his family also enjoyed life, ever remembering to relish the good moments and indulge in laughter together. David's family lives in his honor, adoring, admiring, and loving him. To David's family he was more than a husband and father, he was their leader in life.
The Lord blessed David with great talents and even greater ability, that of which he achieved through constant hard work and self-education. His talents and abilities will live and flourish through his family and those he touched in life. Although David has left his earthly tenement, it is known that his soul continues to exist in that great and celestial world, the world that we the living will never be able to fully comprehend or contemplate until we too are blessed to arrive and meet him at the gates.
David Hamilton Arthur is survived by his loving and caring wife, Valerie Lynn Arthur; his oldest, son William Hamilton Arthur IV; his middle son, Austin Andrew Arthur and his wife Molly Helene Arthur and their daughter Christiana Lynn Arthur; his youngest son, Alexander Hamilton Arthur; his three brothers, Michael, Billy, and Bruce Arthur; and his mother, Patricia Bechely Arthur. David now joins his earthly father in the Heavens, William Hamilton Arthur III.
The family ask that those who knew and cared for David come to talk and celebrate his life 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Stanfill Funeral Home: 10545 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33156 (305) 667-2518.
"But when you pray, go away by yourself, all alone, and shut the door behind you and pray to your Father secretly, and your Father, who knows your secrets, will reward you." Matthew 6:6
Cremation handled by Florida Cremation of Ocala.