Carroll Oliver David

Date of Birth: November 25, 1931  |   Date of Death: April 1, 2017   |   Service Date: 4:00 P.M., Sunday, April 9, 2017. 

David, Carroll Photo001Born November 25, 1931 in Opelousas, Louisiana, he died on April 1, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas, at the Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital, surrounded by his family.  He is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years, Helen E. Burttschell David; their children Sue Haschke, Steve David, and Sarah Luecke, and their spouses; eight grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren who call him “PawPaw” ; and his beloved dog, Lady.  He is also survived by his brother Donald, and his much-loved extended family in Louisiana. He served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War.  After the war he earned a B.A. in English Literature from St. Edward University in Austin, Texas, and later a Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas in Austin.  His distinguished career as a family therapist in Dallas and San Marcos spanned over five decades. He authored a textbook chapter and a number of articles and presentations related to his work with head-injured patients and their families.  

Carroll delighted his family and friends with his lifelong zest for learning. His interests included history, philosophy, mathematics, classical literature, tennis, golf, and furniture-making. He was an advocate for social justice, and had several letters to the editor published in the Austin American Statesman.  He loved singing and lively political discourse at family gatherings. 

He was the patriarch of our family and will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered.

Visitation will begin at 3 PM, followed by a Memorial service at 4 PM, on Sunday, April 9, 2017, at Pennington Funeral Home in San Marcos, Texas.  Burial will be 0915 hours on Monday,  April 10, 2017, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.  In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the VA Fisher House GPF7053, which provides assistance to families of veterans .  The family wishes to thank the VA system in general, and the Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital Community Living Center hospice in particular, for the compassionate care that they provided for our beloved Carroll David. 

Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche, San Marcos, TX 78666, 512-353-4311.


4 Condolences

  • David & Laura Oles

    April 4th, 2017 on 6:29 pm

    Carroll was a wonderful neighbor and an interesting, intelligent and kind friend. We will miss his presence, his wave from the front yard, his lively spirit. Our thoughts are with Helen and the David family.

  • Sheri and Andy Askew

    April 5th, 2017 on 3:02 pm

    Our love and thoughts and prayers are with you all during this tough time. We love you.

  • Sam and Delaina Taylor

    April 5th, 2017 on 7:08 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and lifting prayers for your entire family.

  • Bill & Ann Mears

    April 6th, 2017 on 11:59 pm

    We cannot begin to imagine or understand the sorrow that you must be experiencing at this time. Please know that our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

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