David Stephen De Fields
1940 - 2020
BORN
1940
DIED
2020
David Stephen De Fields
October 14, 1940 - April 28, 2020
Resident of Spring Valley, CA
David was born in the Martinez Hospital to Pauline and George De Fields, and died at age 79 in his home in Spring Valley, San Diego County, of natural causes.
A graduate of the Martinez school system, he especially enjoyed his many friends at Alhambra H.S. where he was a Yell Leader & Sports Writer for the Torch Year Book. It was a credit to the Faculty that he decided to become a teacher. He graduated from Sacramento State College, earning a Teaching Credential and a Blue Key National Honor Fraternity membership. He was a Head Yell Leader and was a member of the Theta Chi campus fraternity.
Dave enjoyed teaching for several years in the Sacramento community, including at Arden Middle School. He enjoyed sailing his boat on Lake Folsom, lifeguarding, weight lifting, and collecting electric model trains.
Eventually moving to Laguna Beach he continued teaching Social Studies, Civics and English at schools in the Mission Viejo area. He loved the beaches and made many friends in the community. After his retirement, he moved to Spring Valley in the San Diego area to be nearer family.
Dave is survived by his brother, Ronald De Fields (Ann) and his beloved nephews, Steven De Fields (Sandra) and Derek De Fields (Rose) who live and work in the LA area.
At his request, Dave's ashes will be spread off favorite beach locations in San Diego and Laguna Beach.
No services will be held. For further information you may call Ron at (619) 461-5457 or [email protected]


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We have been friends since the early 60’s at Sacramento State.
His passing hurts, he was one of the good guys.
John Winters
Friend
December 4, 2020
Dave was a dear friend since 1965. We would call each other on our birthdays every year to catch-up and reminisce. I didn’t hear from him this July. I tried to call him today on his birthday to no avail and found out the sad news of his passing. Dave was a constant in my life. He will be forever loved.
Julie (Blanchfield) Zickefoose
Friend
October 14, 2020
Mr. DeFields was one of my teachers at Arden Middle School — about a half century ago. During the summer, he was also a lifeguard at the La Sierra Park pool. He had a great sense of humor. Everyone looked up to him and thought he was cool. He was definitely one of my best teachers. Thank you, Mr. DeFields.
Doug Craig
Student
October 4, 2020
My sincere condolences to the family and friends of David. May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this time of deep sorrow. Those who pass on, God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. (Hosea 13:14)
September 30, 2020
I was a student at Arden Jr High from 1970 -1971. Mr. DeFields was one of my favorite teachers. The obituary photo looks exactly the way I remember him. Teaching a room full of middle school students would be a challenge for most people, but Mr. DeFields made it look easy. Thank you Mr. DeFields. You did a good job.
Mark Webb
Student
September 30, 2020
I have nothing but fond memories of Mr. DeFields, who was my social studies teacher in junior high. He was passionate about teaching and he imparted a love of learning on many of his students. He remains one of my favorite teachers. My deepest condolences to his family. Please know that Mr. DeFields had a lasting impact on many students.
Claudia Cantarella, Esquire
Student
September 28, 2020
“Mr. DeFields was my junior high school “Core” teacher in 1968! He always made our class fun and interesting and made sure we were all active participants. He was one of my all-time favorite teachers!
Ruth Rezos
Student
September 27, 2020
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