Dr. David Lee Bruce, Sr. D.O.
Corpus Christi, TX
Dr. David Lee Bruce Sr. D.O., 85, of Corpus Christi, Texas. March 19, 1932 - March 12, 2018
David was born in Harlingen, Texas to James Oran and Vera Louise Ward Bruce. He graduated from Corpus Christi High School in 1949. David then went on to pursue his education at the University of Texas at Austin. After his father suddenly passed away, David heard a new calling to become a doctor. He attended medical school at Kirksville College of Osteopathy and Surgery in Kirksville, Missouri from 1958 to 1962.
David married the love of his life, Jeri Lewis, in 1949 and the pair remained happily married for 61 years, raising 4 children, 9 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.
David was a well-loved physician by many people for more than 25 years. After a brief retirement he returned to the medical field practicing Occupational Medicine in Alice, Texas from 1992-2016.
David was very involved in his community for many years. He served on the Calallen School Board for over 16 years and he served as President for 10 of those years. David enjoyed coaching many little league teams. He was very involved with the Calallen Booster Club and could be spotted frequently at sporting events. David also served as Chief of Staff at Corpus Christi Osteopathic Hospital.
David and other local doctors flew to Guatemala on a humanitarian mission to help after the earthquake of 1976. After Hurricane Celia he was stitching people up in front of headlights. He was always willing to help anyone in need at any hour of the day.
David loved golfing and he and Jeri shared the love of flying planes. If he wasn't on the golf course or in the air, he would be on the water. He had a salt water soul and he was an amazing fisherman. In his later years he enjoyed restoring old cars with his good friends.
One of his greatest pleasures came in spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Whether taking them fishing, teaching them about boats, working on cars and going to all their events, and he loved spending time with them.
David enjoyed seeing all his old patients and friends at local restaurants and hearing all the old stories. He was a one of kind man and will be greatly missed.
David was preceded in death by his loving wife Jeri and his sons Davie Jr and Jimmy. He is survived by his daughter in law Linda Bruce, grandchildren David III, Amanda (Joe) Ensey, great grandchildren Maya Wood and Jonas Molina. Daughter in law Vicki Bruce, grandchild Brandy (Jeff) Stehle, great grandchild Landry, grandchild Misty (Tim) Bennett, great grandchildren Rhett, Rhys, and Bryn, grandchild Caydee (Sean) Thompson, great grandchildren Ana, James, and Julia. Son Thad Wayne Bruce, grandchildren Michael (Hazel) Bruce, great grandchildren Mia, Diana, Jasmine and Christy Leahy. Daughter Tami (Andy) Romero, grandchildren Drew Romero and Halle Romero. Like family Paul and Jan Mostella, Bryan Mostella and Misty Drumright and Jim and Diane Chenault.
A special thanks to Dr. Badruddin and the Riverside staff for all the care and love given.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Allies Haven Animal Rescue, allieshaven.org
, PO Box 151731, Fort Worth, Texas 76108 or Calallen Education Foundation 4602 Cornett Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas 78410.
Published by Corpus-Christi Caller-Times from Mar. 15 to Mar. 18, 2018.