David Webster
David Webster
David Webster
David Webster
David Webster

Obituary of David John Webster

David John Webster passed away Tuesday morning, September 6 after a long battle with Alzheimer ’s disease.

Dave was born July 10, 1938 in Brainerd, Minnesota where his father worked as a physician at a tuberculosis sanatorium.  At the beginning of the Second World War, his father was called to service at Camp Barkley in Abilene, Texas.  Dave grew up in Abilene, attending St. Joseph’s Parochial School and graduating from Abilene High at the age of 16.  He was accepted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but transferred his junior year to the University of Texas, where he graduated with honors with a degree in Industrial Engineering.

Dave began his career with Proctor & Gamble in Dallas, and also worked at Xerox Corporation and The Leisure Group, the manufacturer of Ben Pearson Archery Equipment.  In 1968, he was hired by Braddock, Dunn and McDonald (later BDM Corporation), a testing and analysis firm working in the defense industry.  BDM transferred Dave to Albuquerque, New Mexico where he worked on several major defense systems from the 1970’s to the 1990’s including the Maverick Infrared Missile System, the B-1 Bomber, the F-20 Tiger Shark and the MX Missile.  In 1991, BDM transferred Dave to Albany, New York where he worked at the National Arsenal in Watervliet to improve manufacturing systems for cannon barrels used on tanks and howitzers. After Ford Motor Company purchased BDM, Dave was transferred to Detroit where he worked in the auto industry for several years before joining a start-up company in Ann Arbor called Quantum Solutions, which developed software for manufacturing systems.  Dave retired in 2001 and moved to Denver, where he lived in the downtown area. In Denver he became very active in Kiwanis and served as a member of the city planning commission.  Dave was fascinated by architecture and enjoyed listening to jazz music, both live and recorded.

Dave was married to Francys Young in 1962 and had three sons: Scott, Stephen and Gregory.  Following Greg’s death from cancer in 1980, Dave was divorced.  In 1986, he remarried Janice Louvorn.  Dave and Janice remained together until her unexpected passing in 2014.  At that time, Dave’s battle with Alzheimer’s had begun and he made the difficult decision to move to northeast Ohio where his son, Stephen, lived with his family.  Dave lived for several years at Breckinridge Village in Willoughby, before his condition necessitated him moving into the memory care facility, Symphony at Mentor.

David was preceded in death by his son, Gregory: his parents, Dr. L.J. and Mildred Webster; his sister, Elizabeth Kelk; and his wife, Janice Webster.  He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Jim and Kathy Webster of Euliss, Texas, his son Scott and daughter-in-law Dr. Sarah Erickson, and granddaughters Katherine and Oliva of Albuquerque, and by his son Stephen and daughter-in-law Jennifer and grandchildren, Nathan and Lauren of Painesville.

Because the death of his son to cancer so impacted Dave’s life, donations would be appreciated in lieu of flowers to Velosano: Cleveland Clinic’s premier fundraising initiative in which 1OO% of every dollar raised supports lifesaving cancer research at Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Children’s.  Donations can be made directly in Dave or Greg Webster’s name at https://www.velosano.org/donate