David Teun Panman
1922 - 2014
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Panman, David Teun 09/17/1922 ~ 12/24/2013 SAN MARCOS -- David Panman, 91, was born in Holwerd, Holland and passed away on December 24, 2013 in Escondido, CA. After surviving the Nazi occupation of Holland in WWII, he was sponsored by his aunt and uncle, Mr. & Mrs. Willem Panman, to come to the United States in 1946. Since 1950, he has lived in California. David had been a classroom teacher in the Carlsbad Unified School District for 30 years. After retirement, he enjoyed playing music and leisure activities including rebuilding/ restoring pianos. He is survived by Viola, his wife of 55 years; daughter, Phyllis Watson of Oceanside; grandsons, Aaron Watson and Jonathan Watson of Oceanside; and nieces, and nephews in Holland. A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m., on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 1943 California St., Oceanside, CA 92054.

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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Jan. 5, 2014.
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July 30, 2015
My dear Mr. Panman. You were my favorite teacher. I attended your class in 5th grade in 1959. You were such an inspiration to your students. It was from you I first heard the story of the holocaust. I will never forget you playing the piano in class while we worked and then telling us about the various composers and their works. You made such a difference in our young lives.
Sonja Barclift
September 20, 2014
Mr. Panman was a wonderfully unique and talented man. He was my husbands teacher many many years ago and later became our piano tuner. We had such great conversation when he was working his magic tuning the piano. David Panman was a special man with a kind soul.
September 20, 2014
Today Sept 20,2014, I just read of your passing. You and your wife were my teachers and I have such fond memories of the classes you taught and the field trip to the Scripps Aquarium. You will be missed
Elizabeth Miller
June 1, 2014
Mr. Panman tuned my piano since I moved to Carlsbad over 30 years ago. My two daughters took piano lessons and he was so keen on making sure they heard a well-tuned piano, although he was not fond of mine (and rightly so.) But he made it sound as good as as possible, and both girls went on to become music teachers in the public school system, which pleased him. He was very interesting to talk with and I always felt like I gotten way more than a piano tuning when he left. I recently got a new Sohmer piano, and was going to call him just to let him know; he would have been so pleased. Yes, a very fine man.
May 20, 2014
David tuned my piano for many years. Afterwards, we would drink tea and eat shortbread cookies while we discussed world affairs. He was one of the kindest and most original persons I have ever known.
Brent Blackhurst
May 4, 2014
Mr. Panman was my 5th grade teacher back in 1983 - the best teacher I ever had. Fond memories of him playing piano in class while we sang along, and of him telling us stories of his hiding from the Nazis.
February 10, 2014
I sure love you Mr. Panman. You were one of my very favorite teachers. Thanks for lighting up my life.
Alice Gold
January 10, 2014
One of my best buddies, loved him.
January 6, 2014
David has been our piano tuner for more than 20 years. We always enjoyed hearing him play after he tuned the piano. We shared many of the same values and political views so we also enjoyed chatting on his visits. We will miss him very much. Our hearts go out to you on your loss. David was a very fine man. Sincerely, Elaine and Bob Algeo
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