David L. Skinner

May 6, 1943May 26, 2018

David L. Skinner, an entrepreneur and long-time resident of Georgetown, TX, died peacefully at home with his family on May 25, 2018. In 1976, he moved his family to Georgetown to startup a company called Tessco Electronics, once the largest employer in Williamson County. Over the years, Dave founded many companies in Georgetown, notably STI guns, which soon came to be known and marketed worldwide. Dave leaves a big impact on the city, the industry, and on the thousands of people he has employed and labored with for many decades.

Born in Greenridge, MO on May 06, 1943 to Bernard W. and Anna H. (McCampbell) Skinner, Dave was most passionate about creating businesses, establishing lasting friendships all over the world, and competitive sport shooting. He was a lifetime member of USPSA, IPSC, and the NRA.

Dave married Shirley Ann Williams on March 04, 1977, and theirs was a powerful marriage that lasted up until her death on May 16, 1998. He is also preceded in death by his father, Bernard. He is survived by three sons; Robert, Russell and his wife Elke Skinner, and David James (DJ) and his wife Kristen Skinner; seven grandchildren, Justin, Brett, Travis, Erich, Austin, Ava, and Alexa; and one great-grandchild, Iris Octavia Skinner. He is also survived by Morgan McLaughlin, whom Dave considered to be a member of his family.

Visitation is scheduled from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home in Georgetown, TX. The funeral will take place at 10:00 am on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at the funeral home chapel. Burial will be at I.O.O.F Cemetery in Georgetown, where he will be laid to rest next to his loving wife.

Dave was passionate about the care and welfare of our brave soldiers, and would want any memorial be made to the Semper Fi Fund at


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 30, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 31, 2018
  • Reception Thursday, May 31, 2018
  • Committal Service Thursday, May 31, 2018

David L. Skinner

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John H Montgomery

May 31, 2018

I have a lot of fond memories of shooting and training out on Dave's firing range at his house... When I and a couple of friends of mine were going through Police Academy back in '92-93 Dave gave me free reign to use his range as I pleased... He was always SO nice to my friends and I.

At least now he's happy again, now that he's reunited with his Beautiful Shirley.... RIP Dave.

Dawn Thompson

May 29, 2018

I worked with David's sister Janice Thompson (no relation to me, but a good friend)...I had a nice brunch with Janice last Saturday morning - she got her email that David had died just after she left the restaurant, and sent me an email as to her sadness at David's passing. May David Skinner rest in peace, with his sister's love very evident. Dawn Thompson, Omaha, Nebraska