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.
Published in Ann Arbor News from Nov. 18 to Nov. 19, 2020.