David DeMarea

April 2, 1946October 2, 2011

David Paul Michael DeMarea, age 65, of Bentonville, died unexpectedly on October 2, 2011. He was born in Kansas City , Missouri , on April 2, 1946.

Dave came to Bentonville with his wife, Debbie in the spring of 1982, to work for the Arvest Bank Group, and has been with Arvest since then. Dave worked in the banking industry for over 35 years, and truly has enjoyed his work. He was a board member for several banking institutions and was known as a “forward thinker” within the industry.

Together Dave, Debbie and the girls made a life in Bentonville where, over the years, Dave was a part of many community boards and service groups, including: Bentonville’s first school Mileage campaign and the Bentonville Girls’ Softball League.

Dave grew up in Kansas City , Missouri . He was a boy scout, attended St. Francis Grade School and Hogan High School in Kansas City , and was an altar boy at St. Francis Catholic Church. He was drafted into the Army during Vietnam and spent time during his service in Germany .

Dave enjoyed golfing, reading, taking care of his yard and pool, and spending time with his family and friends. He was a devoted husband, father, grandpa, and friend who always put his family first and made the best of any situation.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Debra Jean DeMarea; daughters, Nicole DeMarea, Alexandra DeMarea; granddaughters, Marley Nicole DeMarea-Hufford and Maddex Marie DeMarea-Hufford, all of Bentonville. He is also survived by his mother, Helen DeMarea of Raytown, Missouri; sisters, Michelle DeMarea, Kathy Rembs and husband John all of Kansas City, Missouri; brother, Frank DeMarea and wife Tammy of Overland Park, Kansas; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

David was preceded in death by his father, Frank August DeMarea in January, 2011.

Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5, 2011, at Callison-Lough Funeral Home, Bentonville. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Rogers .

Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made in David’s memory to the American Diabetes Association – Northwest Arkansas , 1732 Moberly, Suite B, Bentonville, 72712.

Cremation arrangements are by Callison-Lough Funeral Home of Bentonville. Online condolences may be made at


  • Memorial Service Thursday, October 6, 2011

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Leeann (Smith) Lelo

March 14, 2012

Debbie, Nicole and Alex,
I just recently heard of your loss. No words can express how sorry I am. I have so many fond memories with you all and your dad growing up on Quail Run. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Karen Brown

October 14, 2011

We love your whole family. You all have been more than the best neighbors ever-more like family! We will miss David but he will never be forgotten! Thanks for being there. You are in our prayers. Mike and Karen Brown

Cindy Kohler

October 13, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I worked with David through the industry.

October 10, 2011

Debbie, Nicole and Alex: Leslie, Paige, Josh and I are so sorry to hear about David. We have thought about you all a great deal since last week, and know we have all prayed for you. We hope and pray the Lord will bring you peace and strength.

Paul and Carol Lark

October 6, 2011

We were so sorry to hear of your loss. We attended Hogan with Dave and we were so fortunate to see him at the St. Francis 50 year reunion last year and share memories that night. Please know that Dave and your family will be in our prayers.

October 6, 2011

Debbie, you and your family are in our prayers! I'm so sorry for your loss. Rene Tallchief (Bartlesville, Ok)

Harold Anderson

October 6, 2011

Our condolences to all the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Larry Janacaro

October 6, 2011

My prayers are with David's family, Even though we did not speak often, I considered him to be a TRUE friend having known him my entire life-our families were close for generations. May God be with you and comfort you.

David Porterfield

October 6, 2011

Debbie, so sorry to hear about David. The two of you treated me like family when Jeff and I visited you and I'll never forget that. My thoughts and prayers are with you and you family.

Bobby Swearengin

October 6, 2011

Debbie, I am so sorry for your loss. Dave was a great guy and he will be sorely missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers.