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David Lee Holcombe

July 3, 1965August 24, 2020
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David Lee Holcombe, 55, passed away suddenly in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 24, 2020. He was the son of Julianne and Burrel (Red) Fulcher. Also the deceased Donald Lee Holcombe. He was the oldest of 3 boys, being born on July 3rd (I tried to keep him in until the 4th), 1965. His brother Thomas was born March 5, 1968 and Robert was born April 27, 1973.

Although David was a native Texan, being born in Houston, the family moved to Alexandria, Louisiana when he was a month old and he lived there until 1978; when the family moved to Kingwood, Texas. He always had a deep love for Louisiana and upon graduating from High School was so excited to enroll in LSU to further his studies. He is and forever will be a fan of LSU football. He could quote their statistics for the past 20 years!! Geaux Tigers! His Dad is an Alabama fan, and his mother is an Ohio State fan; so it made for interesting comradery through the years.

As a young boy growing up in Alexandria, David loved playing outside in the swimming pool, in the bayou and their fort in the back yard. He loved fishing with his Dad and Granddads, learning to play the piano and “jammin’ with his friends. He spent his summers at Camp Arrowhead in Tuxedo, NC and with his “grannie and pawpaw” in the mountains of North GA.

Upon moving to Kingwood David took up the Saxophone and flute and was a member of the Kingwood High School Marching Band and their Jazz combo. He was on the debate team and, as we all knew, he had great debating skills. He and his friends loved going into Houston at night to go to jazz clubs, often in seedy, smokey and tiny venues, and sit-in with the musicians until the wee hours of the morning. David was a talented musician and played by ‘ear’. He played the saxophone, piano, drums and flute, but loved the piano the best.

David’s quest for knowledge and life experiences led him to LSU where he received a degree in mechanical engineering, then entry level jobs in the gas and oil industry. After a few years in the workforce, David went to Rice University in Houston, Texas and received his MBA. Later he was a certified CPA in the state of Texas. He spent 20 years as an Assistant Treasurer and Sr. Financial Analyst, including 5 years as an Environmental Engineer with various companies.

David loved traveling and meeting people all over the world. He visited all over Western Europe, several weeks in Russia (learned to speak Russian) and then 2 / 2 Thailand.From the start he loved Thailand and visited a couple of times and decided to live there for the past 6 years, visiting all over Thailand, Viet Nam and Cambodia. He finally returned to the US for good in June, 2020 and settled in New Orleans, his Jazz city!!

He was a unique gentleman and has maintained friendships with classmates and friends for year and years. He was very loyal and had a kind heart and nearly naïve trust and love for his fellow mankind and that was his greatest strength.

David was baptized and confirmed in the Methodist church, but as he aged he felt deeply in a Higher power and felt it through the wonders of nature and this world that was created. He especially was interested in Buddhism; as he said the people of Thailand were so peace loving and respectful of each other.

David is preceded in death by his Grandparents, Tom and Marjorie Holcombe, Desma and Harold Fulcher and Mary and Albert Krebs.

David is survived by his parents, Julianne and Burrel Fulcher, his brothers Thomas Holcombe and Robert Fulcher, his niece Ashton Holcombe and 3 grand nieces, Jessari, Briana and Aubriella, all living in Texas

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    Friday, September 18, 2020

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Deanna Sheaffer

September 20, 2020

“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.”

I met David in grad school at Rice and We became fast friends. I have so many lasting memories of friendship, fun, and learning (not only academic but also that of life’s lessons that bind 20-somethings like no other). He was a loyal and true friend that always made us laugh and feel good in his presence. Over the years, he was so good about keeping in touch and made sure his friends knew they were in his thoughts. He will be missed...and is forever part of the Rice MBA ‘96 grad school crew. Rest In Peace David.

Brian O'Rourke

September 20, 2020

I was fortunate enough to have met David early in our time at Rice University’s MBA program. Our lockers were right next to each other and we shared quite a few classes together.

When I think of David, I think of laughter. Whether it be our time together in grad school, a trip made to Europe with several other MBA classmates, our time together post school, or simply David telling one of his legendary Boudreaux/Thibodeaux jokes, I was almost constantly laughing while around David. He had an infectious sense of humor, and had a way of making everyone feel welcome. He always seemed to see the good in whoever he met, and he was a great friend.

Given the pandemic, traveling isn’t as easy as it used to be, and many of those who would have liked to attend David’s memorial last week in Frisco were unable to do so. However, upon hearing of David’s passing, those of us in Houston who went to grad school with David gathered one night as a tribute to David and to pay our respects. Below is a picture of that evening. David was loved by many of the people who attended Rice with him. Given the hectic pace of life, family, careers, etc., many of us don’t get to see each other as often as we used to despite all being very close. It was almost as if the evening we all gathered to pay our respects to David was his last gift to us: bringing a group of close friends together again. Rest in Peace David, we love you and we’ll miss you tremendously.

Cynthia Ellis

September 20, 2020

I knew David during our LSU days. We lost touch for many years but he recently called me out of the blue when he moved back to New Orleans and we talked for quite a while, felt as if we had always stayed in touch. I was looking forward to meeting up with him to catch up some more. I will always remember his laugh and his love for music. Praying for peace and strength for all his family and friends. Much love, Cynthia

Rob Imparato

September 18, 2020

David and I have been friends since August 1994 when we commenced business school at Rice. I was not your typical MBA student: my undergraduate degree is in journalism. Aside from writing for periodicals, I possessed no work experience. Naturally, this led me to feel intimidated and then some.

That changed when I met David Holcombe. He was clearly one of the smartest and most impressive people I would ever know. Yet he was defined by his intangibles. His self-effacing and folksy demeanor were calming and infectious, and he was very generous in sharing his wisdom. David, or "JW" as we nicknamed him, did all this with a sense of humor that could make anyone smile. We laughed at everything from assigned reading to politics to the absurdities of life. Throw in a mutual love of college football, music, classic films like "Back To School" and socializing, and I not only found a kindred spirit; I had a brother.

Graduation occurred too quickly in May 1996, and as with all of us, life went on. I took a job and moved overseas the following spring, but not before David threw an unforgettable farewell party and took me to Earth, Wind & Fire at the rodeo (it is fitting that we celebrate his life in September; the EW&F song bearing that name was among his favorites). He and I were ushers at each other's weddings and saw one another less often thereafter but stayed in touch. And we struggled in our own ways. That is where I am especially proud to be David's friend. He never gave up and kept moving forward, and he always ensured that others were doing the same.

I was so happy for David when LSU won last January. In an alternate universe, he and I would have convened last weekend to watch the Tigers and my Longhorns play in Baton Rouge. That would have been a wonderful reunion. I know we will meet on the other side someday. Until then, you will remain in my heart, and thank you for talking me off the ledge. My deepest sympathies to your family and friends. We love you, JW.

Shane Matheny

September 17, 2020

Just FYI - to the family... I have a few more photos of David and I that I would be glad to send along - I can be contacted at:
shane7766@hotmail.com or (214) 673-1241

Shane Matheny

Shane Matheny

September 17, 2020

Holc was one of my best friends. We did a lot of 'growing up' together during high school - to say the least. Dave loved life, adventure, friends, music, travel and his family. He laughed a lot and his laughter was infectious, as he found humor in many things. David was an amazing musician - he was playing 'jazz fusion' with much older players at a very early age. He could pick up anything by ear and add his own special touch to the phrase or composition. I used to listen to him freestyle on his precious Fender Rhodes 88. He also loved cars and we often talked about what cool cars we would drive when were older. Dave seemed to accomplish anything he set his mind to. By any account he had an extremely successful work life and career that took him many places and allowed him to meet people all over the world. He became a bit of an explorer and a seeker. I wish we had more time together in recent years, but life sends us all in our own directions and down our own paths.... There is so much more we could talk about and many more stories to tell.

My deepest sympathies to his family, friends, and all who knew him. Can't believe I won't see him again, he will be missed in this life. RIP Holc.

Your friend, Shane

Nick Dabkowski

September 16, 2020

I first met David in Thailand, he was a lovely, kind, generously spirited guy, we stayed in touch all through my postings in Afghanistan and beyond, he had a positive outlook and attitude on life.
David will sadly be missed, safe onward journey my friend. RIP.

Lynnette Smith-ambrozy

September 10, 2020

Sending you love and my deepest sympathies.
Lynnette Smith-Ambrozy

Thomas Holcombe

September 6, 2020

I don't know what im feeling, I just know how much I idolized my very intelligent brother,
a gentle man, whom I loved very much. We were very competitive and sometimes it pushed us in different directions, I wish I had his decision making skills and I just don't understand it, I never new last year on Thanksgiving when David came home from Thailand and I picked him up, and i had not seen him in over 5 years as he was not in town much, but i remember him an I talking, his smile, his very naive attitude of the world we live in. I believe he made incredible accomplishments in education, mba, cpa, stock anylist, multiple engineering degrees from Lsu and MBA from Rice, David i always thought new to much and sometimes thats has got to be tuff, lol. I will ways remember us growing up in Alexandria. La, We lived and played and fought like brothers do, but Davids talent for music was which made him a diamond in the ruff, listening and understanding music are 2 different things and he truly understood it and played multiple instruments but he was a incredible jazz pianist which he didn't need to read music to play it, he played it from his soul.....Im going to miss him so much and I wish I could just tell him how much I really loved him, jealousy, is all I can admit, He wasn't a violent man nor was he a perfectl man, we all have faults and Im just angry that we didn't get closer and my behaviors caused that, ill miss him more then anyone will know, I love you and Im so sorry. Just know I love you brother, play the piano with the masters because you are and ways will be. Iove you with all my heart, please ask God to help me be a better man, last favor,lol. I LOVE YOU and be in peace, love you, Thomas, your little brother, Please help me stay strong. Love you, Go LSU!!☆

Holcombe Holcombe's photo of David Lee Holcombe on September 6, 2020
JULIANNE FULCHER
September 4, 2020

JULIANNE FULCHER's photo of David Lee Holcombe on September 4, 2020
JULIANNE FULCHER
September 4, 2020

Holcombe Holcombe

September 6, 2020

I don't know what im feeling, I just know how much I idolized my very intelligent brother,
a gentle man, whom I loved very much. We were very competitive and sometimes it pushed us in different directions, I wish I had his decision making skills and I just don't understand it, I never new last year on Thanksgiving when David came home from Thailand and I picked him up, and i had not seen him in over 5 years as he was not in town much, but i remember him an I talking, his smile, his very naive attitude of the world we live in. I believe he made incredible accomplishments in education, mba, cpa, stock anylist, multiple engineering degrees from Lsu and MBA from Rice, David i always thought new to much and sometimes thats has got to be tuff, lol. I will ways remember us growing up in Alexandria. La, We lived and played and fought like brothers do, but Davids talent for music was which made him a diamond in the ruff, listening and understanding music are 2 different things and he truly understood it and played multiple instruments but he was a incredible jazz pianist which he didn't need to read music to play it, he played it from his soul.....Im going to miss him so much and I wish I could just tell him how much I really loved him, jealousy, is all I can admit, He wasn't a violent man nor was he a perfectl man, we all have faults and Im just angry that we didn't get closer and my behaviors caused that, ill miss him more then anyone will know, I love you and Im so sorry. Just know I love you brother, play the piano with the masters because you are and ways will be. Iove you with all my heart, please ask God to help me be a better man, last favor,lol. I LOVE YOU and be in peace, love you, Thomas, your little brother, Please help me stay strong. Love you, Go LSU!!☆

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