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David Lawrence Shane

1935 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
David Lawrence Shane Obituary
May 13, 1935 - October 23, 2016 David Shane, a West Hollywood businessman, beloved father, and friend to many, passed away Sunday evening at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles. He was 81. David was diagnosed with kidney failure. He died peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by family and loved ones. David's parents Myron and Dorothy Shane moved from Kansas City, MO to Beverly Hills with their four children in 1943. Beverly Hills was where David called home. He spent Sunday afternoons playing flag football with Elvis in a little park just above Sunset Boulevard on Beverly Glen. David's adult playground was the Sunset Strip, where he would eventually establish businesses that would span his lifetime and beyond. He started a popular car rental agency, Hav A Kar, in the heart of the Sunset Strip. Hav A Kar was later sold to Thrifty, and David, as the property owner, saw the space become a Kenneth Cole store for many years before its current iteration, the Eveleigh restaurant. In the early 1960s David, who loved to cook, opened a burger joint called Alfie's. It was a colorful fixture on the Strip and a veritable celebrity magnet. David decided to eventually lease the space in 1971 to the new owners who created Mirabelle, which remained steadfast on the Strip for over 40 years. Serafina is the newest restaurant to follow in the footsteps of these historic heavy hitters, having opened its doors in 2016. David was a jet setter and an avid outdoorsman. He attended USC for two years before transferring to the University of Mexico, in Mexico City, where he befriended painter Diego Rivera. One could often find him on safaris in Kenya or fishing in Alaska. Winters were spent skiing in Mammoth. David took an interest in offshore boat racing in the late 60s. He won numerous trophies racing Scarabs designed by his friend Larry Smith. In the 1980s David moved to Honolulu where he met Heather Fulton, and the two were married in 1985. They lived on his beloved boat, the Moana Mele, and the couple welcomed their son Christopher into existence in 1987. Though they divorced, Heather and David maintained a close partnership in raising their son. David eventually moved back to Los Angeles, where he spent the rest of his days. Chris compassionately took care of David in the last years of his life and stood vigil by David's side until his final moments. David led a full, exciting, and adventurous life until the very end. He lived the life most could only dream of. He will be missed by his son, Chris, who inherits a love of the outdoors, a love of animals, and a kind and generous spirit from his father. David will be missed by his siblings, Bob Shane and Celeste Huston, his nephew, Colin Green, and he will be missed by the countless friends who he had touched over the years. Friends and family are welcome to a celebration of David's life. Please contact his son Chris at (310) 666-7266 for the time and location of the memorial service.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 27 to Oct. 28, 2016
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