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David Rankin


1943 - 2009 Obituary Condolences
David Rankin Obituary
David Allen Rankin passed away at the age of 66 years on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, in California, from complications following a successful surgery.
He was born Dec. 23, 1943, in Waltham, Mass., the son of Robert A. Rankin. David loved his flag and country, serving three tours of duty in Vietnam as a Navy frogman and jumper. He was also a former member of the Los Angeles Police Department.
A farmer and resident of Tularosa, David owned and operated Rock Can-D Arabians. David loved nature and being out in it. He was devoted to his animals, especially his Arabian horses. David loved his Harley Davidson motorcycle and made many trips across country to see friends and attend dance classes.
An avid ballroom dancer, David made many friends in the ballroom dancing community. He often danced at the VFW, the Elks Club, Mountain Dance Academy in Ruidoso and other dance venues in the area.
David was a Shriner, as well as a member of the Elks Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and the Los Angeles Police Association.
David is survived by his cousins Colin Rankin, Shelly Rankin Jones and family, and Gary Chamberlain. He was preceded in death by his father and by his close friend, Bud Hightower.
David had many friends who appreciated him for his fine qualities of kindness, honesty, loyalty, compassion, his many interests and his generous nature. David was willing to help out anyone when he could.
He will be missed by many whose lives he touched, but most especially by his closest friends, Nelly and Richard Frazier, Roy and Sheila Ray, Dr. Jagdev and Leslie Singh, Dr. Deiter Dennig, Weldon and Sharla Ganaway, Homer and Loretta Johnson and Ann Bagby.
A memorial service for David will be conducted Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, at 5 p.m. at the Tularosa Senior Center, at 1050 Bookout Road, across the street and east of Lowe's Pay & Save.
MCL Chaplain Richard Frazier will officiate. A reception will follow.
Interment will be Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at Riverside National Cemetery, where David will be placed next to his father, whom he loved dearly.
We do not know how many lives David influenced, but we know that he will be greatly missed by his many friends.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Dec. 11 to Dec. 24, 2009
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