Anderson-Clayton-Gonzalez Funeral Home

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David Morton Lander III

November 22, 1945September 28, 2019

David Morton Lander III

Born November 22, 1945 in Dallas, Texas, and went home to meet the Lord on September 28, 2019 at the age of 73 in Dallas, Texas. David is proceeded in death by his father David Morton Lander, Jr. and brother Doak Haynes Lander Sr. He is survived by his 99 year old mother Bobbie Dawn Lander, nephew Doak Haynes Lander, II and his family, many cousins, Mesquite High School Class of 1964 Alumni, Austin College classmates, many, many friends in the airline world and his stepdaughters Amy Spade and Jennifer Jenkins.


  • Visitation Tuesday, October 1, 2019
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, October 2, 2019


David Morton Lander III

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Sharron Sue Radney Lichtenberger

October 4, 2019

I met David in fourth grade. We both had Mrs. Web for our teacher. We played chase at recess and David always chased me and I was very happy that he did. We were friends through high school and then lost touch like so many do only to be reunited by the internet after 911. He met my husband a retired Army Colonel and he shared emails and such with us. David was a true Patriot of this country. He was always a gentleman and good person. He will be missed by so many. I had just heard from him a few weeks prior and when I asked about his mother, he reminded me she was 99 years old. Well done, Mrs. Lander! David will be missed by any who had the good fortune to know him.

Bill Stroud

October 3, 2019

David, where you now fly, the sky is always clear and you have a good tail wind.

Barbara Sherrill Jones

October 3, 2019

David was one of my husband Ted’s favorite high school students. Most of the time David received a grade of 100 on biology tests. I loved the way that The young man challenged Ted’s theories and made him offer proof. When Ted and I married, David gave us a lovely hobnail vase that I have to this day. I will always remember this student as a kind, caring, intelligent human being. When I was a senior, David was a sophomore and in my sister Janice’s class. His classmates respected him and he is missed.

Rhonda Houlahan

October 1, 2019

David, it was a pleasure to get to know you over the years during my trips to Dallas and yours to Florida.
You will be deeply missed. There was so much to look forward to...
You were a very special person and will always hold a piece of my heart. I’m glad for the times we had and look forward to seeing you again one day.
Fly high! Rest easy.

Albert & Paula Jandura

October 1, 2019

The clock of life is wound but once,
and no man has the power.
To tell just when that clock will stop,
at late or early hour.
Now is the only time you own,
live...love...toil with the will...
Place no faith into tomorrow,
for the clock may then be still.

David, you were loved will be missed!

We enjoyed being your neighbors. sharing many dinners and evenings with you. Your incredible knack for trivia (particularly sports trivia) captivated us. The loving son, who gave us updates on his mom's health, because "she's 99 you know!" Thank God, we were politically in sync! And flying, how you loved flying! Your passion for life showed!!! Your clock has run out, but we look forward to seeing you in that big blue Heaven beyond.

Amy Spade

October 1, 2019

Life isn’t always what we expect; things are constantly changing. You welcomed me in your life over 40 years ago with unconditional love and I truly was blessed to be able to call you stepdad! You were a constant in my life and for that I will always be grateful. You had a passion for flying which first led you to the military to serve our country by flying the C130 for many years prior to flying for American Airlines, THANK YOU! Your hobby was tennis, you loved the sport. David, thank you for always being involved in my life and teaching me many life lessons through my high school years and beyond. You helped motivate me to run track for Cooper and was always a fan of mine! I will truly miss you!

Allen Brock

October 1, 2019

I first met David in 1988 in Raleigh Durham on a layover. We had a similar life growing up in west Texas. David invited me to play tennis at Prestonwood and introduced me to some amazing people. Our friendship was based upon mutual respect and our many alike life experiences. So much in common, flying, tennis, basketball and a large circle of friends. I believe if you needed anything, David would help you. The kind of friend we all should aspire to be. Thank you David for your friendship, all the shared memories and good times. Thank you for your service to this country. Eternally grateful for your life. RIP Brother.

Marny Bishop

October 1, 2019

Jerry and I were saddened and shocked to learn of David’s passing. One of David’s relatives taught with my mother at Bradford Elementary and they encouraged us to look each other up when we arrived as freshmen at Austin College. David was a true gentleman and always had a smile and a pleasant word whenever you saw him. He played on the college’s basketball team and treasured his experiences at Austin College. He was recognized more than once proudly carrying his Austin College duffle bag as he went about his duties working as an airline pilot. Recently David enjoyed visiting with Jerry and his other AC friends at the monthly Austin College breakfast. He will surely be missed by all who knew him. RIP, sweet David. Our condolences to his family.
Marny and Jerry Bishop

Gerald Shaw

October 1, 2019

I considered David as one of my true friends in this world. One of only a few I call friends. David and I flew together for several years in Corporate Aviation, flying various jets based in the Dallas area. He once flew with me and my son Patrick in a Citation III to ferry it from Dallas to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A very memorable trip and one that I was fortunate to have David, with his vast experience, onboard. He was a kind man, honorable, and a good soul. I will remember him for his military service, his contribution to Aviation, a good pilot, his kindness, inspiration and guidance to my son and his flying, and his true friendship to me. David, I hope you will watch over me as I fly, reaching the end of my career. I'll see you when it's my time.

From half way around the world in Malaysia,
Gerald Shaw