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David Eyde Westley Sr.

April 9, 1923November 11, 2021

David Eyde Westley, Sr., a retired Department of Commerce Officer, died peacefully on November 11, 2021.

Mr. Westley was born in Chester, PA and grew up in various places in Long Island, New York. In WWII, he served three years overseas in the North Pacific Theater with the Air Force as a Navigator on B-24s. He attended Duke University and Columbia University and received B.S. and M.A. Degrees. He majored in Political Science and American History.

In 1951, he joined the Department of Commerce where he served up until his retirement in 1984. During that time he was an International Economist and Trade Promotion Officer. In 1956, he was assigned as a Commercial Officer to the American Embassy in Karachi, Pakistan. In 1969, he was assigned to the National War College at Ft. McNair in Washington, D.C. In 1974, he was assigned to the American Embassy in Tehran, Iran as head of the Commercial Section at the height of the Oil Boom. He remained there for over four years, leaving just before the Shah’s departure and Khomeini’s return to power.

Mr. Westley was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie, his brother William (Bill) Westley, and sister Johanna Lucas. He is survived by his wife Diane Maimone, his son David E. Westley, Jr. (Trudy Johnson) of Iowa, his daughter Hilarie Malmberg (Allan) of Reston, VA, granddaughters Jennifer Collins, Kelly and Kasey Westley, and Alice Malmberg, and great grandsons Kameron Westley, and Spencer and Weston Collins.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army or S.O.M.E.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, November 21, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, November 21, 2021

  • *Reception

    Sunday, November 21, 2021

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Suzi Clark

November 20, 2021

Dear Di,
I didn't know Dave, and yet knowing you I am sure yours was a loving and lovely marriage, proving truly good things are worth the wait. Your loss hurts my heart since you are in my heart. I wish there were words to use as a balm to soothe and dissolve the pain you have. My condolences go to you as well as Dave's children and grandchildren. For you I also include my love and affection, hope and prayers that your days will go softly with continued strength of body and emotions. I wish you speed to enable you to heal and see the beauty of life with friends and family once more. You are a strong individual and have many who love you; may this be the comfort and support to strengthen you always. I have nothing but love and caring to offer, and this I do with all my heart.
Gently I say, may G-D bless you.
Suzi

JoEllen Palasciano

November 17, 2021

Dear Di

As much as we all love you, we were most happiest for you when Dave came into your life. You waited for the perfect man to marry and share many wonderful years with. And, he was that very special person who deserved your love and care. Dave will be very much missed by all who knew him, but we'll keep him in our hearts always.

Carol Kiranbay

November 17, 2021

Dave will be sorely missed! No more cheering at Nats’ games, or partnering in bridge, or swapping Long Island tales, or hearing his sweetly sung ditties and sharp quips, or savoring a scotch together. God bless him! And bless Diane and the rest of Dave’s family as they face life without this dear man! Carol xoxo

Mark and Bobbie Musick

November 16, 2021

Dear Diane,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult times.
We have fond memories of our times together and think of them
often. Dave was a kind and gentle man who accomplished so much in his life time. We have missed you both since we all moved many
years ago.
I know these coming days will be difficult but Dave's love for you
and those memories you created together will be with you to
comfort you always.
Much love to you, Bobbie and Mark

Ingrid Wollemborg

November 15, 2021

Diane, You know how I felt about Dave and why. Leo also remembers not just his great personality but their shared Foreign Service experiences.

Walter Lundy

November 15, 2021

Dave was a friend of 47 years beginning in 1974 when he arrived in Tehran. We worked together for the ensuing year and remained friends until his passing. He was a real gentleman of the old school, always thoughtful, considerate and kind. Most of all, he was a dedicated and effective public servant. The Departments of Commerce and State were lucky to have him on board. He knew how to make things happen. His legacy is to be treasured by his family and friends.

Pete & Nancy Brown

November 15, 2021

David was simply a wonderful and intelligent man. He ALWAYS had a smile on his face, and a positive attitude, even when he wasn't feeling great. We both really loved sharing and comparing flying stories about WWII and current flight activities on the island of Shemya, located near the end of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. Both Dave and I spent a lot of time on Shemya and flying in that always terrible weather was a real challenge. Diane, know that we've been thinking and praying for you both these last few months. It won't be easy, but you are strong, intelligent and creative, so things will all work out. All our love, Nancy and Pete.

Pat Swoope (Picinich)

November 15, 2021

Diane, I did not know David but knowing you means that he must have been a wonderful person. Much Sympathy to you and family. It is hard to lose a loved one and I can relate as my love of 54 years passed away this year as well. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this sad time.

Burton Gerber

November 15, 2021

Dave Westley we know as a distinguished diplomat and promoter of our nation’s economic and commercial interests. His friends know him as a remarkably generous man, sharing his optimism and friendship widely. He spoke with wisdom and warmth to those who met him. He was a loving husband to my friend Diane who shares his positive view of life. God bless Dave.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY