Fred S. David
1927 - 2019
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January 3, 1927 - May 11, 2019 Dr. Fred S. David, 92, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and uncle, passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon, May 11, 2019. Born Fritz Siegfried David in Hamm an der Sieg, Germany, on January 3, 1927, Fred lived through the traumatic events of Kristallnacht in November 1938 and was fortunate to escape shortly after with his parents, Karl and Irma (née Baer), and sister, Thea, to the United States. The family settled in Kansas City, Missouri, and eventually moved to a farm and returned to raising cattle.

Fred served in the US Army Air Corps for three years, from 1945-1948, including some service in Germany. He attended University of Missouri, graduating in 1954, as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). Shortly after moving to Chicago for work, he met the lovely Ellie Davis (née Elvira Davidovits), a survivor of Auschwitz from the Carpathian Mountains (Czechoslovakia/Hungary), who had come to the US in 1948, graduated from high school and college, and become a chemist. They were married in 1955 and had 3 children. Together, they started McCormick Animal Hospital in Skokie, Illinois, which they ran successfully until selling it in 1986. In 1988, the couple moved to Los Angeles and acquired Valley Animal Hospital in Van Nuys. Fred then unretired and ran it successfully until 1997, at which point he sold the business but continued working there until actually retiring in 2012. He was a devoted, caring veterinarian for 58 years, working 7 days a week for nearly his entire career.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Elvira David, and his sister, Dorothea (late Gary) Baum. Survived by his 3 children, all of Los Angeles: Debbie David and her husband Daniel Ben-Zvi; Mark David and his wife Debbie Ellerin; and Karen David. Cherished grandfather of Michael David, Rebecca David, Sarah Ben-Zvi, Joey Ben-Zvi, and Amy Ben-Zvi. Dear brother-in-law of Hedy (late Karl) Reisman. Beloved uncle.

Funeral: 12 noon, Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in the chapel at Hillside Memorial Park, 6001 W. Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90045. Rabbi Moshe Kesselman will officiate. Shiva (Memorial Week) at the David home Tuesday through Thursday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm., with afternoon/evening Minyan services at 7:35 pm. Donations in his memory may be made to The Blue Card, 171 Madison Avenue, Suite #1405, New York, NY 10016 (, which provides direct financial assistance to needy Holocaust survivors.

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Published in Los Angeles Times on May 14, 2019.
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June 7, 2019
Although I only saw the entire obituary now through AAHS, Mark notified me about the passing and I again wish to express my sincere sympathy to him and the family. I did not know Fred David and wish I did. The family members I know are a tribute to him and have shown the respect that he obviously deserves. Heartfelt condolences.
Rosian Zerner
May 25, 2019
First day of school!
Dennis "DEN" Baum
May 25, 2019
Sister and Brother.
Dennis "DEN" Baum
May 25, 2019
Chillin' in front of the family home in Hamm.
Dennis "DEN" Baum
May 15, 2019
Dear Debbie, Mark and Karen,

I didn't not know your dad and was only introduced to him via the death notice in the Chicago Tribune. However, the details of his life caught my attention. My father's mother was part of the David family that originated in Hamm and Altenkirchen. She grew up in Bonn; Her father was Louis David, and I suspect you and your father may be our cousins. I would love to learn more about your family's background in that area to see if there is a connection. But either way, please accept my sincere sympathy for your loss.
James David Nathan
May 14, 2019
Dr. David was our beloved family vet from 1988 until his final retirement. He treated all of our pets with the utmost care and compassion. He was always kind, patient, and interested in anything my husband or I had to say, whether it was about cats, dogs, politics, or the latest news. We always enjoyed chatting with him. He had a wonderful twinkle in his eye and a warm, engaging smile. I will forever remember him with great fondness.
May 13, 2019
Debbie, Mark and Karen,

We so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. Jane let us know to expect it and I am glad that you all were able to be with him during his final moments. His life truly was a blessing and I am sure that his memory will be one as well. I'm really glad that I got to know him better during my time in L.A. I'm also glad that my grandmother knew that I got the opportunity to spend time with him before she passed away, because I know that it really meant a lot to her as well.

When they get older I look forward to telling Maya and Eden what a kind and gentle man he was. One thing that stands out from my breakfasts with him was how he reacted when he recalled friends and relatives that were killed in the Holocaust. His eyes would tear up and he would have to pause in his speech and I could tell that he was feeling the pain of those losses as if they happened yesterday, not decades ago.

Another thing about him that amazed me was his energy. That he could, in his 80's, work seven days a week at a job that required being on your feet all day and then drive down to Alpine Village in the south bay to go dancing into the wee hours of the morning...I'm not quite sure how he did that but I'm hoping to have 1/10th the energy that he did if I'm fortunate enough to make it to that age!

Even though Maya and Eden won't likely remember meeting your dad I think it is really important that they did because he was one of the last links of our family to Germany and the time of the Holocaust. As time passes and it fades further into history I will tell them the story of how the events of this time period so directly impacted their family, and not just family that existed before they were born, but someone whom they actually met in their lifetime.

Wishing you all a meaningful period of mourning as you celebrate and reflect on Fred's amazing life.


Andy & Rachel
Andy & Rachel Baum
May 13, 2019
To Debbie and Daniel, Karen, and Mark, and the grandchildren -- our deep condolences. It is sad as the great generation that did so many great things -- for the family and the community -- is passing away. But Dr. David, as well as Elvira, and all our relatives who are now gone, will never be forgotten. Never ever.
Daniel Raviv
May 13, 2019
With the greatest of love to you all. I will always remember his smile ❤
Tracy Davis
May 13, 2019
E was truly a unique man. May RIP
Jay & Helen Shadi
May 13, 2019
Mark my deepest condolences for you , your sister and family. You were an amazing son. I am sure your father was a wonderful father to have a son like you. I just met your sister Im sure she is the same. Sending you strength and healing which comes with time. Im sure you were all lucky to have him. Janet & Lenny Rosenblatt
Janet Rosenblatt
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