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Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors

1010 Bering Drive, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

David Johnston Devine

February 5, 1931November 7, 2019
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David Johnston Devine was born on the 5th of February 1931, in Houston. He died peacefully of natural causes in Houston on Thursday, the 7th of November 2019, at the age of 88.

Dave grew up in Tampico, Mexico where Spanish became his first language. He remained fluent throughout his life and always enjoyed using his language skills. He especially loved seeing the surprised look on people’s faces when they heard the blue-eyed “guero” speak.

Dave came back to the U.S. to attend high school at Schreiner Institute in Kerrville. He then moved on to the Rice Institute where two life-shaping events occurred; he played baseball and he met Carolyn Douglas. As a baseball player, Dave was unanimously named as an all-Southwest Conference selection and Carolyn would become his wife of 47 years. Love of Carolyn and support of Rice University and its athletics would be his passions. After two years in the U.S. Army, Dave and Carolyn returned to Houston to settle down and raise their family. Dave spent his life in dedication to that family – never missing a recital or a game and later providing countless hours of dedicated care to Carolyn as she battled illness. This dedication would later be fully repaid by his wife, Pam.

In addition to being a devoted husband and father, one of the activities that Dave wholeheartedly enjoyed, and truly excelled at, was coaching youth sports. He coached many championship teams – leaving lasting impressions on his players that remain to this day. Dave’s dedication to his family was spiced up by a readiness always to join family and friends for a gathering and a good time and he was known for his ability to fill a room with laughter – both his own and others’. He spent many a Saturday night watching baseball, playing bridge, or dancing – and doing them well. For the last 16 years, Dave was blessed by the company of his second wife, Pam. Through a shared passion for Rice, a new family to care about, and an expanded view toward travel, they created many wonderful new memories. Pam’s tender care for Dave at the end of his life was a testament to their time together.

Dave was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Douglas Devine; by his parents, Franklin French Devine and Elizabeth Masterson Devine; by his brother, Franklin French Devine Jr; and by his sister, Patricia Devine Ritch.

He is survived by his wife, Pamela Smith Devine; by his daughter, Kirby Elizabeth Simmons and John Simmons, Austin, Carolyn and A.J. House and their two children, JJ and Evelyn; by his son, David Johnston Devine Jr, and Lynne Armstrong Devine, Kelsey Elizabeth and Andrew Murphy, Derek Armstrong, and Jenna Lynne; and by his son, Patrick Douglas Devine, and his fiancée, Jenny Booth, Patrick’s children – Joseph Patrick, Katherine Ann, Christopher Douglas, Daniel Paul, Elizabeth Rose, and David James.

An interment service is to be conducted at noon on Wednesday, the 13th of November, at Glenwood Cemetery, 2525 Washington Avenue in Houston. A uniformed steward from Geo. H. Lewis & Sons will be stationed at the entrance to direct guests to the grave site.

A memorial service is to follow the interment at half-past one o’clock in the afternoon, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.

Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent grand foyer.

In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed toward The David J. Devine ‘53 Baseball Athletic Scholarship Fund for baseball players at Rice University. Information on making a donation can be directed to Mike Melendez at mike.melendez@rice.edu.

Services

  • Interment Service Wednesday, November 13, 2019
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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Douglas Watson

November 9, 2019

Thank You Big Dave for employing me to help paint the fence around Weimer retreat.

Thank You Big Dave for letting Pappy throw my Bachelors party at the Weimer retreat.

Thank You Big Dave for my memories.

Douglas Watson

November 9, 2019

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Next up for fun was the excursion to Chichen Itza and that's where I had the bewildered look when hearing the blue-eyed "guero" speak when booking the airplane jump flight.

Big Dave and the Ticket dude were conversing in Spanish at a blistering speed. I remember looking at Pappy with a "what the hell look". Everyone in the Devine family was milling around as if nothing odd was taking place. When Big Dav turned around with tickets in hand, little Dave casually asked, "So what did you talk about?" Big Dave then casually answered, "Oh he wanted to know where I was from in Mexico" which required me to take a another double time "what the hell look" at Pappy who casually said, "My Dad grew up in Mexico". At the time, I was thinking, did I miss something here? Is Devine a name with mexican heritage? With a little more insightful details, I learned the story. My wife just walked by and asked me what I was doing. She said "That's a great story" as she's heard it more than once. Climbing up the pyramid to visit Chacmool still kind of creeps me out. The ascent of the pyramid was one thing, but the descent on what seem to be 2 inch wide steps was a whole different story. Even with the chain rope helper, I still remember considering a step by step butt crawl down the pyramid humiliating or not. This ends the story of the Big Dave and family vacation memories that I chairish to this day....

Douglas Watson

November 9, 2019

A few of my lasting memories of your father:

"Dave wholeheartedly enjoyed, and truly excelled at, was coaching youth sports. He coached many championship teams – leaving lasting impressions on his players that remain to this day."

My Dad and I first met Big Dave and Pappy during a summer league champion series playoff. As the manager of the championship team in our respective summer league, Big Dave went on to take his team into the regional championship tournament series. Big Dave gave me the opportunity to head to the tournament series with his championship team when he added me as a supplemental player. After the first practice, My Dad and I knew the real opportunity and take away wasn't about baseball as much as meeting Big Dave and his son Pappy. Little did we know at the time that this meeting and our relationship with Big Dave and his family would resume with Rice Baseball down the road. What a true blessing for me and my family.

"He especially loved seeing the surprised look on people's faces when they heard the blue-eyed "guero" speak."

The Cancun Vacation:
In this case, Big Dave picked me up as a supplemental player for a championship family vacation to Cancun and what a vacation! Big Dave rented four scooters and off we went scooting around the island. Next up fun in the sun were the dive trips. Big Dave was my Dive Buddy and we hung out together at about 20 feet down drifting above the reef while Little Dave and Pappy headed down to meet the reef. Next up was the night life fun where we hit Carlos and Charlie's for what was my first real taste of the Mexican cuisine. It seems like I remember Big Dave headed straight for the enchiladas of which I believe may have been of the green variety but I could be wrong on that? It might have been the cheese and chilli? Next up for fun was the excursion to Chichen Itza and that's where I had the bewildered look when hearing the blue-eyed "guero" speak when booking the airplane jump flight.

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