David N. Leavitt, Colonel USAF (Retired), passed away on Thursday, February 27, 2014.
David was born on January 29, 1929 in St. Louis, Missouri to Maurice & Anne Leavitt (deceased). He graduated from Texas A&M, Class of 51 with a BBA, and was Commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. He married Holly Knudsen, a Tri-Delt from the University of Texas, on May 22, 1952 in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from pilot training in 1953 and began a career in the United States Air Force. H
e was assigned for most of his career to the Aerospace Defense Command and North American Air Defense Command (NORAD). During his career, he held numerous squadron, command, and staff assignments in operations, safety, tactical evaluation, and aircraft accident investigation. His overseas assignments were to Alaska, Labrador, and Southeast Asia, where he served in Udorn, Thailand, and Hq.7th Air Force, Saigon, South Vietnam. His last assignment was as the Commander 678th Air Defense Group, and Commander Tyndall NORAD Control Center, where he was responsible for the air defense of the southern United States from Jacksonville, Florida to Laredo, Texas. He was rated as a Command Pilot with 4000 hours of Fighter time. Decorations include the Legion of Merit w/CLC, Bronze Star, Air Medal, and Air Force Commendation Medal w/2 OLC.
He retired from active duty in 1980. He was a member of the Order of Daedalians and a former Rotarian. After retirement, he and Holly were consultants in the conversions of Savings and Loan Associations from mutual to stock corporations. He had three very successful sons, David, Chris, and Tom. He and Holly built a home on St. Andrews Bay in Panama City, Florida, and with the exception of a few hurricanes, they have lived happily playing golf and traveling.
He was preceded in death by one son, Robert Knudsen Leavitt.
He is survived by his wife, Holly Leavitt; three sons, David Nash Leavitt, Jr. (Barbara Jo), John Christian Leavitt (Elizabeth Ames), Thomas Powell Leavitt (Linda Jeanne); ten grandchildren, Laura Beth Anderson, Brian Scott Leavitt, Elizabeth Anne Watterson(Clayton), David Christian Leavitt, William Gaines Leavitt, Carolyn Leavitt Tanner (Jason), Mary Catherine Leavitt, Robert Franklin Leavitt, Sarah Elizabeth Anderson, Ian Scott Anderson; one great grandson, Noel Alexander Tanner, and one brother, Richard Harrison Leavitt (Jane).
A memorial service will be held at the St. Andrew Episcopal Church on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 2 p.m. Interment will be held in the Fort Sam Houston Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Andrew Episcopal Church, 1608 Baker Court, Panama City, FL 32401 in memory of David Leavitt, Sr.
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Published in Panama City News Herald on Mar. 4, 2014