David Peter Powers

February 4, 1946June 12, 2018

David Peter Powers, of Bradenton Florida, passed away Tuesday June 12, 2018 at the age of 72. He was born on February 4, 1946 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Dave attended Creston High School in Grand Rapids, where he was a gifted athlete. Upon graduation, Dave attended Central Michigan University where he earned a degree in physical education. Dave spent his teaching career with Grand Rapids public schools and enjoyed refereeing high school sports. He spent his free time golfing with friends, going to the lake, and riding his motorcycle. Shortly after retirement, Dave moved to Florida to enjoy the sunshine and beach year round. He also loved sitting on his deck at his home and watching the wildlife around the water. Dave will be remembered for one of his greatest passions, dancing and listening to local bands.

Dave was beloved by his family and many friends. He will be missed.

David is preceded in death by his parents, Gilbert and June Powers.

He is survived by his loving sister, Marykae “Mickey” Powers (L. George) Clayton, his brother Gilbert “Chick” (Nancy Johnson) Powers, his niece Amy (Tawny Hammond) Clayton, his nephews Lawrence Clayton, Shad (Xochitl Pena) Powers, Ryan (Jillian Dowgiallo) Powers, several cousins, and his four beautiful grand nieces, Parker, Cora, Ivory, and Jenison.

The family also wishes to express their gratitude to Dave’s friends for their help and support.

Manasota Memorial Park and Funeral Home is entrusted with his care.


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Linda Colson

June 17, 2018

I met Dave at the Cortez Café, just happened to sit next to him and we started a conversation. Dave was a very kind and interesting man and we had some good laughs and talks. Eating was usually involved and we shared a very nice evening at the Moose watching the sun go down. Always polite and easy to share opinions. I have never seen him dance but it is my understanding from other friends that he had his own special style and truly loved dancing. I'm sorry I missed out on that. He has been on my mind so much these past couple of weeks and I'm so sorry I didn't take the time to reach out to him. I don't doubt that he is dancing in heaven and teaching a few new steps. I was blessed to know this man, even for a short period of time. He was well liked by Sam and his staff at the Café and is missed by all. My condolences to his family for your loss.