David Needham Sears
1942 - 2021
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David Needham Sears
David Needham Sears, 78, of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, passed away on January 13, 2021 surrounded by his children.
David graduated from Crisp County High School and attended New Mexico State University with a trumpet and physics scholarship before traveling to Greenland and Denmark where he met his soulmate.
David loved with a full heart, laughed contagiously and was Einstein-level smart. He had an amazing career, traveled the World in creative ways and shared everything he had. He loved his children, adored his friends and family, and was passionate about animals of all kinds.
He was born to parents Needham "Pete" Hiram Sears and Sue "Mae Jewel" Bufkin Sears in Cordele, Georgia.
He is survived by his sister Susan Sears Lebold, brother-in-law Brian Lebold, nephew James Dorminy and niece Dru Dorminy as well as his children Michael Needham Sears, with wife Kristin Fians Sears, daughter Julia Teresa Sears, with husband David William Ambrose as well as a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Abigail Rose Sears Palinski, Hannah Adina Sears, Joshua Needham Sears, Reese Annelise Ambrose, Quinn Else Ambrose, Cameron Piet Ambrose; great-grandchildren include Lorelai Anne Palinski and James Allen Braddy, III, plus two more on the way.
David's family will sail his ashes out to the sea so that all the people who loved David around the world may feel close to him whenever they are by the water. He will join his late wife and son, Annelise Jensen Sears and Piet Needham Sears in the ocean.
In lieu of flowers, the family would love to give back to the animal rescue that helped David find joy; donations can be made in his name to https://savewithsoul.com/donate

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Published in Connecticut Post on Jan. 26, 2021.
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March 13, 2021
I believe this must be the David Sears I knew at New Mexico State University in 1960-1962. We shared our freshman year and some precious memories of youth. I've been trying to locate him for several years. Some of my recollections of him are recorded at this location.
https://www.gregorystrachta.com/65.html
I'm sorry to see I've missed connecting with him, and send my condolences to his family. Best Regards, Greg Trachta, NMSU, Class of '64.
Greg Trachta
Classmate
February 9, 2021
Julia, I am sorry to hear this. Dave was a pleasure to work with back in the day. Please accept my sympathy and prayers for you and your family.
Karen F. Settanni
Karen Settanni
Friend
January 28, 2021
It don’t make no nevermind, Dave. The goober peas will still get planted. You were one of a kind and a good friend.
Lynn Morgan
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