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David Edward Alexander

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David Edward Alexander (Dave), born May 5, 1943 in St. Louis, Missouri, passed away on February 24, 2018 in Santee, California. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jeanette 'Jean'; his sons Brian and Scott; daughter-in-law Jessica; and grandsons Jacob and Logan. He leaves behind many family members and friends whom he loved dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents Bruce Alexander Sr. and Helen Alexander, and brothers Bruce Alexander Jr. and William 'Bill' Alexander.
Dave's family moved from Webster Groves, Missouri to Santa Ana, California when he was a young boy and in 1947 they moved to Riverside, California. He graduated from Riverside Poly High School in 1961 and attended Riverside City College for a short time. He worked for Mayfair Markets from 1958 to 1970 starting as a box boy working his way up to Assistant Store Manager. He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1967, stationed in Frankfurt, Germany working in the Military Intelligence Division. In 1970 he attended California State University at Long Beach where he graduated in July 1972 with a BA majoring in Industrial Arts. And in 1981 he received his Master's Degree in Vocational Education and Administration.
In 1968 Dave married Jean and they lived in Riverside for two years before moving to Newport Beach while Dave attended CSULB. In 1973 they moved to Hemet as Dave began his teaching career at San Jacinto High School. While at SJHS he taught woodshop and metal shop, and was in charge of their work experience program. He coached boys' tennis for 18 years and taught hundreds of kids to play tennis. He started the 'first' boys' varsity soccer team at San Jacinto High School, which he coached for several years along with girls' soccer, and for three years coached girls' tennis.
Dave was Activities Director at SJHS for 15 years and attended every school dance for those 15 years with the exception of their proms. He served as Title 9 Director for two years in the late 70's and served as Vocational Education Director for six years.
Dave retired from teaching after 30 years and then worked part time in SJHS's Home School Education Program for about five years. He said, "I did exactly what I wanted to do. To teach woodshop and work with young people for 30 years." His students still call him by the nicknames 'Woody', 'Coach' and Mr. 'A'.
Dave was well known in the Hemet-San Jacinto Valley and was involved in many community activities. You could often find him at Valley-Wide Park and Recreation Center assisting wherever he was needed, whether it was clearing soccer fields, building tennis courts, or constructing podiums. Dave was a sports enthusiast and loved to play tennis and golf. He had a special group of friends with whom he spent 'many' days playing golf at Soboba Country Club and having adult refreshments after. They would solve the problems of the world in many of their discussions.
In 1976 his son Brian was born and in 1979 his son Scott was born. He loved spending time with them and as a family enjoyed all kinds of activities, including camping, beach vacations, boating and water skiing, snow skiing, and attending various sporting events. As Brian and Scott grew older he was involved in coaching some of their soccer teams. He attended their youth baseball, basketball, and soccer games, in addition to their club, high school and college soccer games.
Dave enjoyed gardening, going to car shows, and attending professional golf tournaments, Padres and Angels baseball games, college soccer games, and watching basketball and football games with his family and friends. His friends said they loved being with him because he was funny, intelligent, a man of integrity, and genuinely cared about people.
Dave and Jean lived in Hemet for 40 years before moving to Santee to be closer to their son Brian and his family Jessica, Jacob, and Logan. Dave enjoyed traveling and storytelling, and was a great companion whether long distances, on the golf course, or simply enjoying the company of family and friends. He often traveled up the coast and then inland to Walnut Creek to visit his son Scott, and traveling to other places to visit family and friends. While in Santee, Dave enjoyed walking every morning, riding his bike and attending his yoga classes at the 'Y'. He liked riding the trolley to various areas in San Diego, walking on the beach to see the sand crabs, and especially visiting the Cabrillo National Monument.
David was a loving husband, father, father-in-law, and grandfather, son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great uncle and dear friend. He found happiness in spending time with all of his family and friends. He often spoke of how lucky he was to have such a great life. While regretting it ended sooner than expected, he said it couldn't have been better. He will be remembered for his kindness and caring for others, and especially for his friendliness and great smile. A close friend said, "Dave will continue to live in all of us who were lucky to know him." He will truly be missed.
Committal Services will be held at the Miramar National Cemetery Complex, 5795 Nobel Drive, San Diego, California 92122 on March 23, 2018 at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dave's memory to the YMCA of San Diego County, 10123 Riverwalk Drive, Santee, CA 92071 or online at YMCA.org/give (designate Cameron).
Published in Press-Enterprise from Mar. 11 to Mar. 12, 2018
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