David T. Atha

ATHA David T. Atha, 63, a much-loved husband, father, grandfather, son and brother, passed away peacefully October 12, 2012 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Michigan with his family present. For many years, he had bravely confronted and fought pulmonary fibrosis. He was born March 5, 1949 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan and resided in Sugar Grove, Ohio and Leland, Michigan. Dave graduated from Worthington High School in 1967 and received a BA in English from Denison University in 1971 and was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. As president of D.T. Atha, Inc., Dave professionally worked as a 4th generation oil and gas producer, collaborated widely across Ohio and neighboring states on a number of projects and is broadly regarded as an industry leader whose integrity was greatly admired. Dave served as a member on the Board of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA). Dave's passion for fishing is legendary. He loved to fish Lake Leelanau, Lake Erie, Lake Michigan and Lady Evelyn Lake in Canada. An avid music collector, Dave loved to play guitar by the fireside with friends and family. He played halfback for the Denison University football team, and his 1967 high school basketball team at Worthington High School still holds the school record for wins.More importantly, in all aspects of life Dave conducted himself as a team player, valuing "being on the team and in the game." He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Gay Ullman Atha; daughters, Megan Atha Just (Brian), Ft Myers Florida; Jennifer Leigh Welty (Nic), Omena, Michigan; son, Lee Warren Atha (Tammy), Albany, Ohio; grandchildren, Avery, Landon, Frankie, Elyse and Owen; mother, Yvonne T.Atha of Worthington; brothers, Richard Atha of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Thomas Atha (Cynthia), Granville, Ohio, Robert Atha (Carol), Columbus, Ohio; sister-in-law, Julia of Westerville, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his father Howard D. Atha and by his brother William H. Atha. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, October 19, 2012, at Putnam Congregational Church, located at 707 Masonic Park Rd, Marietta, OH 45750. The family will receive friends in the church at 12 Noon, one hour prior to the service.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Oct. 14, 2012