David W. Erbach

June 2, 1948February 15, 2021

Dr. David William Erbach, 72, of Las Vegas, Nevada, passed away on February 15, 2021, in his home from heart and renal failure.

Dave was born on June 2, 1948, to Theodore and Angelin Erbach in Chicago, IL. After graduating from St. Viator High School in 1966, he entered the Viatorian Novitiate. The Viatorians or Clerics of St. Viator are religious community of priests and brothers, working in Catholic High Schools. David received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1971 from Loyola University of Chicago. Dave then went on to complete a Master of Arts in Physical Education from Northwestern University in 1974.

Dave was on the faculty of St. Viator High School, his Alma Mater, from 1971 to 1978. He was Associate Dean of Students, American Government teacher, football and basketball coach.

In 1978, Dave was reassigned to Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. At Gorman, he was Assistant Principal, he taught several history classes, coached football and basketball and acted as the Athletic Director for several years. He coached the Gaels to a state championship and was known as “Coach” to many of the students.

In 1983, he decided to leave the Viatorians. While continuing his career at Gorman, he also continued his education and in 1988 received a Master of Education in Administration and Higher Education from University of Nevada Las Vegas. In 1991, Dave became the principal of Bishop Gorman. He continued to teach at the same time and began to work on a Doctorate.

While working on his Doctorate classes in 1994, Dave was introduced to Carol (Brown-Townsend) Erbach through a mutual friend. They married on February 4, 1995. Together they share three children, Jessica (30), Nathan (28) and Matthew (23).

Dave completed his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from University of Nevada Las Vegas in 1996 and in 1998 he retired from Gorman after 20 years. He continued his career in Education with the Clark County School District as an Assistant Principal at Silverado High School until 2000 then as the Principal of Burkholder Junior High School until spring 2004, when the school was closed. In the fall 2004, Dave had the privilege of opening the new Mannion Middle School as Principal and remained there until he officially retired in September 2016. In all, Dave completed 45 years in education. He was a beloved colleague, boss teacher, coach, and friend; affectionately referred to as “Doc” around the Mannion campus.

Dave spent his retirement watching the Chicago Blackhawks hockey, Cubs baseball, and Bears and Notre Dame Football. He was an avid reader, huge history buff and loved talking politics or theology with his friends and relatives. He would have liked to travel more with Carol but his health dictated otherwise. However, he was ever present to see all three of his children get married and in 2018, Dave became a grandpa (Papa) and treasured every moment he had playing with his two granddaughters.

Dave is survived by his wife, Carol; his brothers, Gerald and Edward Erbach; his three children and their spouses: Jessica and Joshua Reynolds, Nathan and Kelsie Erbach, Matthew and Desirae Erbach; and his two grandchildren, Georgia and Harper Reynolds.

Anyone who would like to make a donation in honor of Dr. David Erbach is encouraged to make a gift to Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, Alternately, if you would like to contribute to the family’s GoFundMe to help offset Dave’s medical and funeral expenses, please visit

The live broadcast will begin at 10:40am on February 27, 2021 so that people can log on early prior to the 11:00am service. Below you will find a public YouTube link that will host the service. Please click or paste this link into your chosen web browser (Safari, Chrome, etc.) on your computer, mobile smartphone or other devices.

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Karen Englert

March 1, 2021

Hi Carol, This is Karen Englert. Our husbands worked together on and off and I met you at Silver Springs rec center when we did TRX together. I just learned of your husband's passing and wanted to share our deepest condolences. I am glad you are a woman of faith and pray that God will bring you peace and comfort as needed moment by moment of each day. May your memories, your children and your lifetime together bring you beautiful and happy moments even in grief. And may you take comfort in anticipating your reunion one great day in heaven. God bless you and your family, With love, Karen and Michael Englert

Tim Brennan

February 26, 2021

Loved this man dearly, I am at loss I have not seen him, I hate that lesson. So happy he had a wife and family. He must have been a great Dad. I learned and played from 1979 to 1983 with a Coach Erbach. He was my Freshman and Varsity B-Ball Coach, and I was also fortunate for his guidance and nod as he judged what my Australian Exchange Student grades were going to be as they translated back to Gorman grades (?) upon returning after being away a year.
He was the “ White Shadow” in my eyes, and a lot of guys eye’s then, for sure.
Only mention I would make is that Coach Erbach loved Bobby Knight, and his 5 man motion offense. We ran the hell out of that! He called me out at practice for not knowing my left or right - at that moment, when he was screaming, I didn’t! It would be an honor to meet sometime. My greatest prayers are for him.

Christie Breeden

February 23, 2021

So sorry for the whole family such a tremendous loss. Carol you and your family are in my prayers.

Breedens, Trey and Christie