Dr. David P. DeWitt,
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a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, died Dec. 10 in Midland, Texas, after a short illness. He was 54. A man of strong faith, David has now gone to be with his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
David was a loving husband to Laurie, his wife of 30 years, and the proud father of daughters Katie and Emily, both graduate students at the University of Texas Permian Basin. David loved to travel with his family and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He had a quiet strength and a giving heart.
David was born in New Orleans on May 1, 1958. After graduating from Sam Houston State University and the University ofTexas Dental Branch at Houston, David entered the Air Force in 1987 as a dentist. He earned his medical degree, as valedictorian of his class, from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, specializing in oral and maxilliofacial surgery.
In his 21-year military career, David served at bases in Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Japan and Alaska. After retiring from the Air Force, he joined a medical practice in Midland in 2008. David volunteered with Smiles on Wheels in West Texas and traveled to the Arctic Circle on an Air Force humanitarian mission. His life of service and concern for others was a life well-lived.
Other survivors include his parents, Howard and Carolyn Hunter; his siblings and their spouses, Gene and Leigh De-Witt, Jerry and Mary Jo Ebersole, Ronnie and Anne Grohol-ski, John and Rhonda DeWitt; and many nieces and nephews.
Services with military honors will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Forest Park Funeral Home in The Woodlands.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, www.ocrf.org.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Dec. 14, 2012