David Pfannenstein
1959 - 2020
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David James Pfannenstein, 60, of Beverly Hills, FL passed away April 5, 2020 due to complications from the coronavirus. He was born on May 8, 1959 in St. Cloud, MN to Charles and Joan Pfannenstein. He grew up in St. Louis Park, MN. Following graduation from high school, Dave played Junior A hockey for the Sioux City Suns, in Sioux City, Iowa. From there Dave went to college at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN playing hockey for the Huskies for 4 years, earning an Associates of Arts degree. David went on to play Semi-Pro hockey briefly for the Phoenix Roadrunners in Phoenix Arizona and from there toSun Valley, Idaho playing for the Sun Valley Suns. It was in Sun Valley that he developed his passion for golf that ultimately led him on the path to becoming a PGA Class A Golf Professional. Dave moved to Vermont to pursue opportunities in golf and met his future wife, Shari in 1986 in West Dover, VT while teaching at The Original Golf School at Mount Snow under the direction of Jay Morelli. From The Original Golf School, Dave went on to his first Head Professional position at Tater Hill Golf Club in Windham, VTand worked there in 1989 and 1990. Dave attained his Class A PGAMembership in April of 1990. He was the Head Golf Professional at Crown Point Country Club in Springfield, VT from 1991 - 1997, Director of Golf at the Killington Golf Resort, in Killington, VTfrom 1998 - 2010 and Assistant/Teaching Professional at the Sugarbush Golf Club in Sugarbush, VT in 2011.
In 2012, Dave became the Executive Director of the Vermont Golf Association, retiring at the end of 2018 to move permanently to Florida, having spent winters in Homosassa, FL since 1988. In the fall of 2018, Dave accepted his current position as Head Professional at Skyview Golf & Country Club in Citrus Hills, FL under Director of Golf Jimmie Brothers and was a member of the West Coast Chapter of the North Florida PGA Section. Dave made a wealth of contributions to the world of golf as a terrific player, teacher and administrator. He was a powerful supporter of all those interested in and working in golf. He was universally recognized by his peers for his ambitious achievements. He was highly decorated in his trade by the Professional Golf Association of America, having been awarded the New England PGA Bill Strausbaugh award in 2010, the New England PGA Merchandiser of the Year award in 2005, the Vermont PGA Bill Strausbaugh award in 2009 and 2005, the Vermont PGA Merchandiser of the Year - Resort award in 2004, The Vermont PGA Professional of the Year award in 2004, 2000 and 1992 and the New England PGA Horton Smith award in 1997. His proudest playing accomplishment wasCo-Champion of the New England PGA Pro-
Assistant Championship with his assistant Patrick Mullen.
Dave served on the PGA of America National Education Committee, the New England Section PGA Awards Committee, the New England PGA Employment and Club Relations Committee, The New England PGA Website, Education, Membership and Ryder Cup Committees. Dave served on the Board of the Vermont PGA, holding the office of Vermont Chapter PGA President from 1997 to 1998. He also served as Vermont Chapter PGA Tournament Chairman and was on the Vermont Chapter PGA Awards, Education and Tournament Committees.
Dave was admired by many and made a difference wherever he went. Most importantly, he was just a wonderful man. He was smart, gentle, kind, supportive, energetic, creative, and totally unassuming. He never met a stranger. David's faith was very important to him. He and his wife Shari were members of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Beverly Hills, FL and former members of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Homosassa, FL.
Dave married Shari Schoonmaker on December 12, 1989 in St. Louis Park, MN. Dave is survived by his wife Shari of Beverly Hills, FL, his parents Charles and Joan Pfannensteinof St. Louis Park, MN, his sister Ann Southard of Rochester, MN, his sister Sarah Pfannenstein-Strong of St Louis Park, MN and her
3 children, Travis Bartz, Angela Antell and Rachael Antell. In addition, Dave is survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
Private cremation is under the direction of the Fero Funeral Home in Beverly Hills, FL. Due to the Covid 19 Virus restrictions, a funeral service and a Celebration of Life in Florida will be held at a later time. Date will be announced once it is safe to gather together. A Celebration of Life will also be held in Vermont when it is safe to do so.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Vermont Golf Association Scholarship Fund, 145 Pine Haven Shores Rd, Suite 2172, Shelburne, VT 05482 (vgasf.org).
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Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Apr. 10, 2020.
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July 2, 2020
I enjoyed playing hockey with Dave if only for one year .
Rory & Kari
April 15, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Keith and Jeanette Prader
April 14, 2020
We were so sad to read about Dave's passing. We are so sorry for your loss. We will always remember the wonderful times we had talking with him at the Manatee Pub when you had your boat docked there. He was a kind and happy man and we will never forget his generosity and think of him often. Our prayers go out to you and your family.

Gary and Marion Carter
April 12, 2020
So very sorry for your loss - the reading of his life really brings home how sad it is to have lost him.
Martha Madigan
April 12, 2020
We're not here for a long time, we're here for a good time! Dave had a good time and he made it so many others could have a good time! A great guy, big heart! Thank you Dave for being such a force for good!
Kim Shipman
April 12, 2020
We have so many wonderful memories with both you and Dave. May you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jim & Marlene Williams
April 10, 2020
Shari - John and I are thinking of you during this sad time. Always remember the good times and lots of memories. We had great times in Vermont at Crown Point.
John and Sharyn Pudvar
April 10, 2020
Great guy and always smiling...thoughts and prayers with the family. The MSGA will miss you!
Brian Bickford, PGA
April 10, 2020
Dear Shari - My heart hurts for you, as you go through these difficult days. You & James have been in my prayers since I first heard of his condition (Gretchen B is my sister). James has left a beautiful legacy in the lives of the many people his life touched. He was known as a kind, people loving, God loving man. Be comforted knowing that James has risen into the loving arms of Jesus. Sincerely, Leslie Reddick
Leslie Reddick
April 10, 2020
Dear Shari - My heart hurts for you, as you go through these most difficult days. You and James have been in my prayers since I first knew of his condition (Gretchen Butler is my sister). I have read of how many lives James touched... he will be missed be many. What a wonderful legacy to have been such a kind, people loving, God loving man. He will live in the hearts of many. You will cherish your precious memories of your years together. Be comforted by the many prayers lifted up for you and comforted knowing that James has risen into the arms of Jesus. Love, Leslie Reddick
Leslie Reddick
April 10, 2020
I am embarrassed to say that I left out David's two years of working down here in FL at Skyview Golf & Country Club. The obituary is being revised and the corrected copy will be posted here on Sunday. My apologies to everyone at Skyview.
Shari Pfannenstein
April 10, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
James Bassett
April 10, 2020
Dearest Shari, I am so very sorry to hear about Dave. Please know I'm here for you and wish I lived closer. 'm just a phone call or text away. Reading about Dave, I can see he was an amazing, very special guy. My heart breaks for you. ♥
Peggy Bryan
April 10, 2020
My deepest sympathy to Shari, Dave's family and his many friends. I pray that you feel the love that surrounds you during this difficult time. May you find comfort in your memories. The world has lost a kind and gentle soul. RIP Dave. You made this world a better place.
Linda Terrill
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