Covell Funeral Home

312 Pine Street, Elk Rapids, MI


David John Abbott

September 9, 1955April 20, 2020

Lt Col David John Abbott, USMC, Ret. passed away on April 20, 2020. David was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son and brother. He was active in his community and served our country faithfully in the U.S. Marine Corps for 22 years.

David was born on September 9, 1955 in Jackson, MI to Donald and Dolores Abbott. David grew up in Jackson, MI with his 3 siblings, Bill, Nancy and Chuck. David attended Parkside High School where he excelled in football, lacrosse and track and field. Upon graduating high school, he was drafted into the United States Marine Corps and attended Officer Candidate School while attending Albion College in Albion, MI. During college he continued to excel in athletics and was a Tri-Captain of the Albion College MIAA Championship Football Team and Tri-Captain of the Albion Lacrosse Team. He graduated in 1977, and was later inducted into the Albion College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.

After graduating from Albion, David went on to become an Officer in the United States Marine Corps. He retired out of Camp Pendleton, CA as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1999 after 22 years of military service. During his time in California, he coached his sons in Lacrosse and became the Southern California Lacrosse High School Coach of the year in 2004. He went on to earn his MBA at Pepperdine College and had a successful career in business. He retired in 2012 and eventually settled in Elk Rapids, MI with his wife, Sally. David continued to serve his community in Elk Rapids, and became the AmVets District Commander. David enjoyed spending his time with family and friends at the Post, on his boat at the Elk Lake sandbar, and golfing at A-Ga-Ming.

David is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Sally. David and Sally met in Gardnerville, NV in 1982 and married in Minden, NV on April 9, 1983. Together they raised three beautiful children, Kurt 40, Jessica 38, and Jacob 33. He was a proud grandfather to six granddaughters and one grandson, who lovingly referred to him as their Papa. Kaya 16, Sarah, 14, Sephora 12, Presley 9, Kennedy 7, Isaiah 7, and Caelan 6. David provided a wealth of love and knowledge to his children and grand children, telling stories of his travels and experiences around the world, and teaching them how to fish, hunt, and make s'mores around a campfire.

David left our family with wonderful memories and a huge hole in our hearts. The family will hold a memorial service at a later date at the AmVets Post 114. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the AmVets Post 114 in his honor.


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Susan Dillon

May 5, 2020

To Dave's family and loved ones, I'm so sorry for your loss. Dave was my direct supervisor for several years. In that capacity, he provided amazing leadership and compassion, and was a straight shooter, telling it like it is. I appreciated his transparency and candor and always knowing where I stood with him. Even after leaving the company, he continued to keep in touch, congratulating me on milestone work anniversaries.

May your memories of him, and those being shared with you by others, bring you comfort. I will always remember Dave fondly.

Teri Davis Ollila

May 1, 2020

I am so sorry for your family's loss! I graduated with Dave from Parkside HS in 1973. He was a great guy, smart and athletic. I was so shocked to hear of his passing. I last spoke with him in 2018 in regards to our reunion, he wanted to attend but had an outpatient surgical procedure scheduled that kept him from traveling south. He assured me it was nothing, but I didn't check back in with him. I am sorry. Great guy who will be missed.

Valerie Glick/Banning

May 1, 2020

I am saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. Our whole family sends our prayers and hopes for healing at this time.
I knew Dave from Parkside High School and the Country Club. Great family.

Michael Arntson

May 1, 2020

To the Abbott family,
I am very sorry to learn of David's passing. I have fond memories of the days we worked together at the Country Club of Jackson when we were younger.
As a fellow veteran I would like to thank you for David's service to his country, he will be missed.
Semper Fi

Sally Abbott

April 28, 2020

James Fay

April 24, 2020

My sympathies to family and friends. The thing that I most remember about Dave is, that after he came back from officer’s training in the summer, I heard that he was complaining to the coaches during 3 a day practices that they weren’t working us hard enough. To compensate, he got up early to run 3-5 miles, maybe 10, I’m not sure. God Bless you all. Jim

Milton Barnes

April 23, 2020

To the Abbott Family my deepest sympathy and I pray that God gives you strength and comfort during this time of bereavement.
When I heard the news I couldn't believe it. I can only tell you that I viewed Dave as one of the toughest guys I ever met. I secretly, during our college years, admired him because of it. I never knew anything about Lacrosse, being a black kid from Saginaw. I admired Dave's toughness on the football field to the point I had to see a Lacrosse game because he told me I couldn't play it because it was too tough of a sport. He was right (LOL)! I couldn't but I had more respect for him because of the way he played both football and lacrosse. That motivated me to be a tougher basketball player. I last saw Dave in Texas a few years ago where we had an opportunity to play a round of golf and I finally had a chance to tell him how much I respected and admired him during those college years. I'm thankful to have been able to tell him that and thankful for the inspiration he provided me as a player and later as a coach.
RIP my friend!!

Jill Holder

April 22, 2020

Always made me laugh. Fun and loved his family and his country. WE WILL MISS YOU!

Robert Lachance

April 22, 2020

A true gentleman. I will miss seeing and talking to Dave each Tuesday at Agaming. Will miss him in the golf league... Dave was an excellent golfer and always kind to his competition. May his spirit and memory burn bright in all that knew him. Peace my friend.


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