GLANT, DAVID A.
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Judge David A. Glant was welcomed home by his Lord on October 23, 2013 surrounded by friends and family at his home in High Springs following a lengthy illness. He was preceded in death by his son Matthew and by David's father, Ernest Glant. Judge Glant is survived by his mother Mildred Glant of Bremen, Indiana, his wife Casey Glant of High Springs, his daughter Keri Glant (Will) and grandson Kieran Matthew Glant of Jacksonville, and by his stepson Alex Klausner of Gainesville. David is also survived by his sisters Pam (Jerry) Meister and Pat Dunsizer, his brother Richard (Sue) Glant, and by numerous nieces and nephews and their children, most of whom reside in the Bremen, Indiana area. He is also survived by many members of Casey's family in Taiwan who David came to know and love during several trips he and Casey made there.
David Glant was a man of humility, integrity and faith who loved God and who sought earnestly to follow and serve his Lord Jesus Christ. David served actively as a member and leader of First United Methodist Church of High Springs where he led many Bible studies and provided music on a regular basis. For almost 20 years David led WSU, a Gospel music group that played in many area churches over the years. He was an active leader in the Walk to Emmaus ministry and participated regularly in local and international Christian mission efforts.
David was born and grew up in Indiana and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston. He completed the last year of his Juris Doctor degree at the University of Florida, College of Law in 1978 and accepted a position with University of Florida Student Legal Services upon graduation. In 1981 David entered private practice and then served for five years as an assistant state attorney in the Eighth Judicial Circuit where he was promoted to Division Chief. Returning to private practice in 1989, David practiced law from an office in High Springs where his practice included civil and criminal litigation, municipal law, family law and estate planning. He was a Certified Family Mediator and served on the Board of Directors of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association. He continued in private practice until his election as a Judge in the Florida Eighth Judicial Circuit in 2002.
Until his retirement in June 2013, Judge Glant presided in both civil and criminal court throughout the eighth circuit, with extensive assignments in Alachua, Bradford, Levy, Gilchrist, Union and Baker Counties. Renowned for his wit as well as his wisdom, Judge Glant worked hard throughout his tenure as a Circuit Judge to reduce case backlogs wherever he was assigned. He was well known for his tireless work ethic and the high expectations he had for attorneys who appeared before him. Respected and admired by his judicial colleagues for his personal character and his professional acumen, Judge Glant's counsel and advice was often sought by his colleagues. He made many close friends wherever he went, and was beloved by those who spent the most time with him, court clerks and the deputies who served as his court bailiffs for whom he often expressed great respect and appreciation.
Judge Glant served as Administrative Judge of the Eighth Circuit Criminal Division and was the Mentor Coordinator for new judges. Judge Glant was the ultimate professional, leading by example rather than by words. He was active in the James C. Adkins, Jr. Inn of Court and was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court to serve on the Post-Conviction Subcommittee where he made important contributions to the revision of the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure.
David's community activities included over 20 years of active membership in the High Springs Rotary Club where he served as president. He also served as president of the PTA and Chair of the School Advisory Committee, conducted free legal clinics for the elderly and taught Community College courses. David was an accomplished guitarist and photographer and enjoyed participating in skeet, trap and other marksmanship competitions. David was an avid kayaker and he and Casey enjoyed many outings on the rivers and bays of North Florida. He enjoyed traveling and he and Casey made several trips out west and abroad.
Family and friends will gather to celebrate David's life at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Trinity United Methodist Church 4000 NW 53rd Avenue Gainesville, FL. Donations in honor of David should be made to First United Methodist Church PO Box 911 High Springs, FL 32655. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 South Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361.
Milam Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. of Gainesville
311 South Main Street
Gainesville, FL 32601-1803
Published in Gainesville Sun from Oct. 27 to Oct. 28, 2013