GEORGETOWN, Texas – Dr. David Lee DeVillez, M.D., 71, of Georgetown, Texas, passed away Friday, July 4, after a long battle against cancer. He was born June 28, 1943, in Tell City, to the late Earl "Casey" and Marie DeVillez.
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David was raised in Tell City and graduated from Tell City High School in 1961. He went on to attend Indiana University in Bloomington, where he majored in both chemistry and Balkan history before completing medical school.
During his undergraduate years as an honor student, he was a member of the Indiana University Marching 100, playing trumpet.
David married the love of his life, Sue Ann, Aug. 1, 1970. They shared more than 43 years together as David's medical practice took him to Colorado, Texas, and eventually Kentucky.
David joined the U.S. Army in August 1970, became board-certified in anesthesia and eventually rose to the rank of Major while serving as an anesthesiologist. Following his honorable discharge from military service in 1975, David entered private practice in anesthesia with Capital Anesthesia Associates in Austin, Texas.
David and his family moved to Paducah, Ky., in 1978, where he was the only board-certified anesthesiologist. He eventually rose to become chief of anesthesia at Western Baptist Hospital and president within his own practice. Later, as pain management became a recognized specialty within medicine, David became board certified in this new field in addition to anesthesia.
He soon opened his own pain-management practice in cooperation with Dr. Riley Love of Paducah. David eventually retired from full medical practice, though he retained multiple state-certifications and subsequently fully retired in Georgetown, Texas.
Outside of his professional life, David maintained diverse interests and hobbies. He was a skilled big-game hunter with a great love of the outdoors, wildlife and nature. David enjoyed the occasional game of golf and he was active in politics. His love of classical music inspired him to join the Paducah Symphony Orchestra Board, a membership he maintained for a number of years.
Throughout his life, David maintained membership and was active with several organizations, including a lifetime membership in the Indiana University Alumni Association, American Medical Association, American Society of Anesthesiology, American Academy of Pain Management, Texas Medical Society, Golden Eagle membership within the National Rifle Association, Texas State Rifle Association and an Admiral in the Texas Navy.
David was politically active within the Republican Party of Texas, representing Williamson County as a delegate to state conventions for several years. He was an associate member of the Georgetown Area Republican Women, an associate patron of the Texas Federation of Republican Women, member of the Williamson County Republican Leaders and an active supporter of many candidates. After moving to Sun City in Georgetown, Texas, David was an active member of the Hunting and Fishing Club, the Republican Club, Zoomers and the Computer Club.
David leaves behind his loving wife of 43 years, Sue DeVillez; son David DeVillez II; daughter Heather DeVillez; brother Richard "Dick" DeVillez and wife Judy; a nephew, three nieces and two grandnephews; his devoted mother-in-law, Alverda Miner and a host of loving family and friends.
Memorials in David's memory may be sent to the Exotic Wildlife Association www.myewa.org or to the Metro Air Support Foundation www.metroairsupport.org., care of Chief Pilot,Sergeant Dan Cunningham, St. Louis County Police at (636) 532-2984.
Published in Perry County News on July 14, 2014