WILCOX, David Henry Smith II
David Henry Smith Wilcox, II was born August 6, 1924 in Pasadena, California and passed away November 1, 2012, in Pasadena. David attended schools in Pasadena until he joined the Marines. He was stationed in the Marshall Islands. He became an electronics technician at ElectroOpticalSystems. While there, he was asked to wind the coils for the world's smallest motor, in response to a challenge by Richard Feynman in 1959. After leaving EOS, he worked for several van lines repairing transit damage. Later he opened his own business as an antique restorer. All the time he was doing these activities, he was singing and playing the guitar. He met his wife, violinist Roberta in 1973 and they became "The Strolling Two" and married that same year. They were regulars in many local restaurants and entertained at many parties. They marched in the first Doo Dah Parade and since have played in many retirement homes and the Senior Center. David was also a wonderful artist and sculptor. He sculpted in both wood and metal and painted in oils and watercolor, which he preferred. He also loved blacksmithing and built his own forge.
David leaves his wife. Roberta; his sister, Ann Haley, his Son, Daniel Scheeper (Bonnie) of Oglesby, Illinois and grandchildren, Paul, Andrew and Heather . Daughter, Cathery LeBouef of Tennessee; grandchildren, Jessica and Alexa; Daughter, Talitha Wilcox of Seattle, WA, Daughter, Pamela (Darren) Leadbetter of Tukwila, WA, Son, Christopher Wilcox (Storm) and six grandchildren, Taylor, Monica Jean, Madison, Nicholas, Lindsay and Jacob of Washougal, WA. Step-son, Timothy Divers (Lauryn) and second cousin David Henry Smith Wilcox IV (Christel).
Donations in his memory may be made to The Pasadena Summer Youth Chamber Orchestra or Crown City Symphony .
A celebration of his life is planned.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on November 16, 2012