OBITUARY

John "David" Giddens

October 9, 1949June 1, 2021
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John "Dave" Giddens passed away of June 1, 2021, after a brief illness surrounded by family. Mr. Giddens served with the Palmetto Police Department from 1974 to 1994, retiring as a Sergeant. He continued his law enforcement career with the Holmes Beach Police Department from 1995 to 2008, also retiring as a Sergeant. During his tenure there he was nominated by the Department for the 100 Club Officer of the Year for 1999.

Dave Giddens is survived by his wife Debra Giddens (Cales), Father John W. Giddens, daughter Alisha Kromer (Chris), son John Giddens, Jeremy Giddens (Kathryn), granddaughter Emily Eneix (Patrick), grandsons Chris and Nathan Giddens, granddaughter Emmalee Giddens, sisters Susan Willis (David) Judy Albritton (Randy) preceded in death by his mother Katie Giddens (Romine) and son Brett Giddens.

Dave Giddens was a dedicated public servant to the residents of Manatee County for most of his life. He enjoyed hunting, camping and a wide variety of outdoor activities. Dave was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and enjoyed spending time with his family. He will be fondly and lovingly remembered by his family and all that knew him.

Visitation will be held on June 8, 2021 at 6:00 pm at Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home at Manasota Memorial Park, 1221 53rd Ave East, Bradenton, FL. Funeral Service will be held on June 9, 2021 at 10:00 am.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 8, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, June 9, 2021

  • Reception

    Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Memories

John "David" Giddens

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Chrstopher Kromer

June 8, 2021

The world lost a kind,gentle, lovin' man.
May he find the peace that he always did.,. to serve and protect. I am a better man because I new him.

Gina Tibitts

June 7, 2021

The Georgia clan here is holding you all close in our heart, thoughts, and prayers. So many wonderful memories of him coming up for hunting trips and staying in our cabin. He was always family and will be greatly missed.

Ronny Kromer

June 5, 2021

I am so sorry for your lost. May GOD bless and keep you safe.

Penny West

June 5, 2021

My heart breaks with & for all the family. David was a good man but most especially a good father to his 4 children. I think back & remember David & our time together and although we were unable to go the distance, we produced a wonderful son together. I do have many precious memories of David and will always cherish the time we had together . Rest in peace David and now that you are reunited with our son in heaven, have a great time together. Debbie and I will see you again one day and we will all rejoice as a family.

Terri Tamera Milbert

June 4, 2021

Terry and I ,
We are sending prayers to you and your family. We are here if you need anything. We love you all.

DAVID BOYD

June 4, 2021

EVERYONE HERE KNOWS WHAT A GOOD GUY DAVID
WAS. ONLY THREE PEOPLE THAT I KNOW OF HAVE
KNOWN THIS LONGER THAN ME.

My parents built a home in 1953 on a dirt road in Oneco. Three years later, the Giddens family built a home on the end of the same road. When we were kids, I knew him as Doobie. I never asked where that came from, but recently discovered that Romper Room premiered in 1952. We were an odd pair. I was always as skinny as a rail, and Doobie…….well, Doobie wasn’t. Doobie and I would become lifelong friends. We shot marbles in the road, we shot minnows from the small dock on the pond behind their home and dragonflies off the clothesline. Our family’s first pet, Shadow, was a puppy we got from David’s family dog, Mitzi. We inherited a tree fort in the woods built by older kids in the neighborhood when they outgrew it. We swam in the pond and had water lily fights all summer long. We camped with our rifles for the whole weekend and no one worried about us. It was a great time to be a kid. There were lots of kids in the neighborhood and everyone's parents were your parents. And Doobie and I somehow became the best of friends as kids. When Dave repeated the third grade at Oneco Elementary, he told me that he did it on purpose so that we could be together more. Many may not be aware of that little tidbit, but I have always held it dear. While David went into law enforcement, I found myself in the world of rock and roll. Over the years, each time we ran into each other, it was like nothing ever changed. We recently took our grandkids to Oscar Scherer State Park. We grew up 6 houses apart and, 12 years ago, wound up 6 blocks apart. Less than a mile from our childhood homes. I gave him the shirt he is wearing in his profile picture on facebook. He is the answer to security questions naming first friend. He had keys to our home and is still on my emergency call list with the alarm company. I trust that he is preparing the next big adventure for us when we reunite.

Kathryn Giddens

June 4, 2021

We love you Papa and will miss you very much. We will hold close all the memories we made together and all the fun times we had.
Love Chris ~ Nathan ~ Emma

Victoria Lashbrook

June 4, 2021

I will miss his laugh and kindness.

Dawn Yochim

June 3, 2021

Hey guys... I'm so terribly sorry to hear about your daddy, David... There are no words.... Just the feeling of sadness and empathy for your profound loss 😥 If anyone needs a place to stay, some alone time to clear thoughts, a good listener, or the longest hug ever, Please don't hesitate to call me... I'll do anything I can to help. My house isn't big but it's very close & open to anyone that needs it. I've missed y'all😘 I hope you'll call, come by...Let me help ❣️
Dawn Yochim
941-592-3407

Joyce Keirns

June 3, 2021

So sorry for your loss of David. So many memories working at the police dept in Palmetto. We really enjoyed camping with Dave and you at Murphy , NC. He will be sadly missed.

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