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David L. Sikes Obituary
A native of North Texas, he was born and raised in a little community nestled along the Red River, known as Carpenter's Bluff. He attended a local 2-room schoolhouse until the age of 13, when he moved to the nearby town of Denison. He graduated from Denison High School in 1950.

After high school he worked as a machinist, making items for the war effort. In 1952 he married Margaret Ann Hairsine, and six months later, he was drafted and spent the next two years in Korea.

After being discharged from the army he moved to Austin and began studying electrical engineering at the University of Texas. He highly valued education, and his own notable ingenuity and aptitude soon kick-started a 25-year career in the University's Center of Nuclear Studies, in the Fusion Research Center. After retirement he built a house in Pagosa Springs, Colorado where he and his wife spent their summers for 25 years; dividing their time between Colorado and Austin. David and Margaret enjoyed 61 years of marriage together.

David died October 1, 2013. He is succeeded in life by wife Margaret; brother, Jerry; children, Barry and wife Kristy, Larry and wife Marsha, Aaron, grandchildren Evan, Annie, Avery, Fallon, Julia, Victoria, Kara and family in Denison and Oklahoma.
Published in The Herald Democrat on Oct. 13, 2013
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