David GRAMLING Sr.
November 9, 1956 – November 9, 2020
David Gramling was born to Pastor Horace O’Neal and Mattie Gramling on November 9, 1956 in New Hampstead, New York. He was the seventh of ten children. In 1962, he and his family moved from New York to Los Angeles CA, where David and his siblings were raised in a strong Christian home. He attended Gardena High School and was a standout in track and field, specifically the 100-meter and 400-meter dash. In fact, David set records in both events that lasted 20 years. After graduating from high school, he attended El Camino College where he studied business administration and continued excelling in track and field. Upon graduating El Camino College, David enlisted into the United States Army as a communications specialist. After his enlistment, David enlisted into the United States Air Force again specializing in communications.
After receiving an honorable discharge from the Air Force, David married Penny Evans in 1980. After their wedding, they moved to Loma Linda, California. To provide for his wife and 5 children, David commuted to Los Angeles every day for work for over 20 years. In 1995, he began working as a Public Relations Supervisor at the Los Angeles Times. While there, David was awarded the Los Angeles Times Supervisory Excellence award and the Consumer Marketing Award. In 1999 David began working as a Project Manager at AT&T in Hollywood California where he managed a group of over 50 employees.
Seeking a career change, in 2002 David began working in Car Sales, a profession that ended up being his passion. In the next 18 years, David worked at car dealerships all over Los Angeles and Orange County ranging from Santa Monica Dodge to Rolls Royce Beverly Hills.
David was a true patriarch who concerned himself with ensuring the well-being of his family and raising God fearing individuals. Every single day David cooked for the entire family, a tradition that he and the family loved. One thing David was known for was fighting for his family and refusing to allow anyone to disrespect them or the Gramling name. He was also the most likable person in the room. Anywhere he went, he made friends and was instantly loved because he was genuine. What David however loved more than anything was bragging about the accomplishments of his wife and children to anyone that would listen. As unselfish as the word could possibly dictate, he would much rather talk about his family than himself.
David began his rest in Christ on November 9, 2020. He leaves to Cherish his memory, his loving wife Penny of 40 Years; five children Michelle (Hugh), Monica (Liu), David, Monique, and Daniel; five siblings Lauretta, Patricia, Larry, Michael, and Angel; five grandchildren Kenny, Michael, Matthew, Layla, and Maya; a host of nieces, nephews, family, friends, and brothers and sisters in Christ.
Saturday, November 28, 2020