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DeLuca, David 8/30/1952 - 11/10/2020 Ann Arbor, MI DeLuca, David Robert, 8/30/52- 11/10/20, passed away peacefully with his family by his side after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. David was born to parents Helen and Al in Pittsburgh, PA and grew up in nearby Sewickley. He was an art and psychology major at Muskingum College and received his Masters in Arts Education from Rutgers University. David went on to teach high school art in Michigan for over 30 years. His classes spanned from drawing and painting to digital photography, building a deep connection with his students. He served as chair of the Fine Arts Department at Walled Lake Central High School for many years, in addition to his leadership roles with the National Art Education Association and the Michigan Art Education Association. In recognition of his excellence in teaching, he was awarded the teacher of the year at Walled Lake Central in 1991. Those who knew David well also knew him as an avid photographer and skilled chef. Both were outlets for his creativity and opportunities to express his love and appreciation for others. David was preceded in death by his parents, Al Deluca and Helen Brncic DeLuca, his brother Ronald, and many amazing aunts and uncles. He is survived by his brother Gregory and his son and wife, Zack and Olga. His dear aunt, Ann Tomlinson also survives. Surviving are brother and sister in-laws, Brian and Nancy Johnson, David and Judy Johnson, and Bruce and JoEllen Johnson and a wonderful group of nieces and nephews. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 43 years, Brenda Johnson, and his beloved son, Taylor Johnson DeLuca. David was so grateful for the wonderful care he received from the medical team at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Their skill and compassionate care allowed him to far surpass any initial expectations for both time and quality of life. For those who wish to honor David's life, the family suggests contributions to any arts education organization or to cancer research. But, most of all, we suggest you remember him by pausing to enjoy the beauty in the world around you or by savoring a homemade meal, especially if it's Italian. The family hopes to have a gathering to remember David when circumstances in the world once again allow it.

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Published in Ann Arbor News from Nov. 18 to Nov. 19, 2020.
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November 22, 2020
Mr. Deluca was my art teacher at WLC in 1990-91. He was a kind hearted and very skilled art teacher. I still use the skills he taught me today. My condolences to his family.
Susan Koch (Lamb)
Student
November 21, 2020
He was a very kind person. Was always having fun with us, and seemed to always smile. Took our trip to chicago. Was a little late arriving that day. He just smiled and said get on the bus.
Steve Dekett
Student
November 21, 2020
Mr. DeLuca showed me the way I use a pencil to draw with. Every time I pick up a pencil to draw or sketch with, I remember his kindness. There was something always soothing about Mr. DeLuca. I can only ask that where ever his spirit may be now, that it be at least as kind as he was with his class.
Geoff S.
Student
November 21, 2020
I had Mr. DeLuca as a student for 4 years (09-13) DeLuca was my inspiration to become the art teacher that I am today. I still think about all my times in hs and how much he influenced me... he brought us all to New York City and visited almost all the museums.. that trip was so special to me.. this is extremely sad to hear. RIP DeLuca.
Christina Robbins
Student
November 21, 2020
It's been a long time since I've seen David or Brenda, but his smile brings him back to mind so clearly. You're all in my thoughts today, wishing you time to fit your grief into your lives.
Phyllis Valentine
Friend
November 21, 2020
Our sincere condolences for your significant loss.

I do so remember our conversations about food and especially sharing my Italian go to markets when we were at soccer or track meets. He was always kind, friendly and thoughtful. We talked about art and his classes.

A wonderful soul. And may he Rest In Peace. May you find some comfort in memories shared here and within your family. I share in your grief.
Darlene Wahlberg
Friend
November 20, 2020
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November 19, 2020
David was a wonderful person, we will miss him dearly .may he rest In Peace now. Thoughts and prayers go out Brenda, Taylor and their family.
Ron & Tina and family
Family
November 19, 2020
Both of my sons had David as a teacher @ Walled Lake Central.
We loved his easy going manner and his dedication to spreading his love for art and photography. Prayers and love to the Deluca family
Dana T
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