David A. Chambers
January 29, 1932 – August 7, 2019
David Arlen Chambers was born January 29, 1932 in Kansas City, Kansas to Laura and Gib Chambers. He and his older sister, Betty, and parents moved to Mission, Kansas where he finished high school at Shawnee Mission High School. He enrolled in Junior College and took up his all time favorite sport, basketball. He was the scrappiest forward on the team which led to his love of the Lakers and the Warriors. It was there that he joined a reserve group and was called to active duty with the US Navy Intelligence in 1952. There he served for two years as a Code Breaker on the island of Guam.
Returning from the service, Dave attended Kansas State graduating with a Bachelors in Business, and going to work for Conoco for over 8 years. During those years, Dave had his son Mark, in 1957 with his first wife, Mary Ann. Post Conoco, Dave ventured out on his own as a Petroleum Landman forming his own company, Amber Oil Company, drilling wells in Kansas and Oklahoma.
In those next few years Dave’s love for the University of Oklahoma Sooners paled in comparison to his new found love with Martha Perkins, who he met in the fall of 1975. Marrying in 1977, Martha brought a high school Senior and 8th grader to the union, Chris and Clark Perkins. Those years were tons of fun with OU trips to football, basketball and whatever excuses they could find to spy on their kids.
During those years of his growing business, Dave was very involved in the American Association of Petroleum Landmen of which he received his 50 year certificate just this week. In addition, he achieved the highest ranking as a Certified Professional Landman.
Angel Fire, New Mexico will always hold special memories for the family. Their cabin was used for snow skiing, snowmobiling, golfing, dirt biking and very tame college boy visits. The cabin was sold in 1998 and ushered in a brand new California era!!!
In 1998 Martha and Dave purchased a home in Palm Desert, CA. Dave tried out Resort Golf, Ping Pong, the Republican Club, and Concerts Club. Martha excelled in Tap, Water Aerobics and Travel Club just to name a few. They went to concerts, tasted wines, shopped on the Coast and started their 2nd careers as Cruise Professionals. They went on over 20 cruises and eventually decided on the Mediterranean and Alaska as their all time favorite destinations.
Martha and Dave loved their years in California, but due to the declining health of Dave, chose to move to Austin in January of 2019. They approached the move with the best of attitudes viewing it all as their New Adventure. Sadly, that adventure was cut way too short on the morning of August 7th upon Dave’s passing.
Dave was predeceased in death by his stepson Clark Perkins and is survived by his wife Martha Chambers, his son Mark David Chambers and his stepson, Chris Perkins. Dave was also the loving grandfather to 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
He was a man who loved well and was well loved by many. He will be missed so very much.
The family has designated the American Lung Association for memorial contributions.
- Memorial Service Saturday, August 10, 2019
David A. Chambers
August 9, 2019
My heart is with you Uncle Dave. Growing up with you as my Godfather was priceless. I have fond memories of the Chandelle Club, your office in the Founder’s Tower with ocean blue carpet, you and Daddy with matching Volkswagens. Going to Eischen’s bar when I could barely see over the edge of the shuffle board, lunch at El Chico’s , listening to Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass at your house.
You were the best Godfather a girl could ask for and I hold these memories close.
Give Daddy a huge hug for me and you two behave up there! ;)
Rest In Peace.
August 9, 2019
Dave was "a best friends dad". If you look that up you'll see his picture. Marks senior summer Dave took Mark and I to Padre Island for Family vacation. I knew we were living the life when he took us to the harbor, stopping only to get ritz crackers and cocktail sauce. He introduced me to fresh crab and I've never had enough since.(addicted) When Mark went to OU and "left me in high school" I was meandering at best. Dave was spending most of his time in Kansas but he didn't want the house to look empty so asked me to "check on it". When he came back to town he'd pop something in the oven ( introducing me to Stouffer's great pasta!) and we'd eat listening to Joni Mitchell on the McIntosh. I never remember "getting aquatinted" to Dave.(or Mark for that matter) You were instantly family! I admired his ability to stop and enjoy the moment even though I could never keep up when he took off again. He has taken off on a new journey. And I'm one lucky guy for getting to share a small bit of the his time. I'm celebrating his life with all you, what great passion he taught!
"The other Mark."