David Joe Zett
November 23, 1952 – July 10, 2019
David Joe Zett was born in Falls County, Texas on November 23, 1952, and peacefully left this life, on July 10, 2019, in Killeen, Texas, after an exhausting battle with cancer, comforted by his Little Buddy, Rowdy and his loving daughter-in-law, Carrie. Whether you knew him as “Joe Willie”, “Stallion”, or just David, he more than likely left an everlasting impression. His infectious heart subconsciously sent and received love to family, friends and strangers. He loved to laugh and was quick with a comeback. That's not to mention that he was never scared to tell anyone what was what, whether right or wrong... Probably right.
He graduated from Killeen High School in 1971, competing in football, baseball and track. He worked in various aspects of the telephone industry, from communications, technicians, structure loading, and assignments, until retiring from Century Link in recent years. Even as a dedicated worker, he never missed an opportunity to be at his son’s practice, game or life event.
These efforts weren’t directed solely towards his son, as helping everyone came natural to him. His true passion was coaching sports and mentoring youth to live a better life. His passions were realized through the many players he coached, and other various efforts within the community, from the creation of the Killeen Junior Golf League, to his work through the Killeen Noon Lions Club and Redman Bingo.
He is predeceased by his, father, Joe A. Zett, Jr. and brother Steve R. Zett.
He is survived by his mother, Angeline Zett; son and his spouse, Rowdy Cole Zett (Carrie); and his nieces and nephews; Shelly McCoy, Steve R. Zett, Jr., Kyle Mikles and Kelly Mach;
A visitation will take place on Sunday, July 14 from 4:00-7:00 PM at Crawford Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen, Texas, and a funeral service is scheduled for Monday, July 15 at 2:00 PM to be held at Lifeway Fellowship, located at 4001 E. Elms Rd., Killeen, Texas 76542.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in memory of David to: The David Zett Memorial Scholarship Fund, to benefit young local athletes, 25206 Singing Rain, San Antonio, Texas 78260.
David Zett Memorial Scholarship Fund
25206 Singing Rain, San Antonio, Texas 78260
- Visitation Sunday, July 14, 2019
- Celebration of Life Monday, July 15, 2019
David Joe Zett
July 12, 2019
Joe willie was an open and loving person. Our sons spent many days playing ball and I watched as he raised that toddler into a wonderful young man! He was so dedicated to Rowdy and it was extremely impressive to watch a man love a child so much! RIP, David, your loving spirit will be missed!
July 12, 2019
RIP Joe Willie. You were a good man gone all too soon.
Linda Elliston - Jones
July 11, 2019
My heart is heavy for the Zett Family.
David is my first cousin and my young childhood memories are of us being at the Brazos River with his Dad, Uncle Joe, brother, Steve and his Mom, Aunt Angeline. We went fishing and fried catfish on a open campfire. We camped out. We all went together on vacation to RockPort and stayed in a Bungalow. Of course, we went fishing!
I admired his dedication to his son, Rowdy. He told me, he had the son he always dreamed of having. I’m glad he did! It’s sad to lose you so soon, David.
You were a good man. Soar high!
July 10, 2019
My heart goes out to the Zett family. I'm deeply saddened to hear that David has passed away at such a young age. My fondest memories of David all tie back to his love of baseball. I remember hanging out with him and Rowdy after all of the games and tournaments during my Junior/Senior years in high school. If there was a Hooters restaurant in town, that's where you generally found us after baseball games. Rest in peace David!