David Stelman

With fond remembrance we sadly announce David Stelman's sudden passing at age 75, after living with a heart condition for several years.

David Stelman was the youngest of four children born to Jacob and Reba Stelman in Philadelphia. There he was selected to attend Central High School and became the first member of his family to attend college, graduating from Penn State in 1959 and earning a Ph.D. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1964. After post-doctoral work at Caltech and the University of Florida, David had a long career in research and development, working on energy, defense, and aerospace projects at Westinghouse, Atomics International, Rockwell, and Boeing.

Although a credited inventor on US Patents and author of scientific journal articles, David was better known by his family for Pinewood Derby cars, model rockets, and the "Gee Haw Whimmy Dibble" constructed in his garage with his sons, and for the kitchen laboratory creations of giant soap bubbles and rock candy with which he delighted a dozen grandchildren. He served as a volunteer chief for his sons' Indian Guide tribes and a council member for their Scout troops. As they got older, dad helped his teenagers turn old motors into science fair projects and keep their jalopies running. He remained active in retirement and enjoyed the Channel Islands and Thousand Oaks Personal Computer clubs, Photo Group, Thousand Oaks Videomakers, Los Angeles Cinema Club, and Jewish Genealogy Society of the Conejo Valley.

David was predeceased by his loving wife Joan and her grandson Brandon. He is survived by his brother Manfred; his four sons Michael (Pamela), Nathan (Cindy), Steve, and Ken (Christine); their mother Myrna; and adoring grandchildren Jake, Aly, Julia, Becca, Abby, and Zach. He is fondly remembered by Joan's children Steve (Karen), Linda (Don), and Julie [Ron], and grandchildren Allison, Brian, Jennifer, Melissa, and Evan. He is also dearly missed by Ellie Shiek, whose companionship he treasured in his last few years.

The funeral will be held Friday, November 16, 11 a.m. at Eden Memorial Park, 11500 Sepulveda Boulevard in Mission Hills

Donations in his memory can be made to the American Heart Association, Neuro-Immune Disease Alliance (, or American Cancer Society.


  • Funeral Service Friday, November 16, 2012

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American Heart Association

November 17, 2012

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

November 17, 2012

We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts are with all of your family. We hope you can find peace and love in all the memories that lifetimes seem create.
You are in our thoughts and prayers,
The Mcgrath Family
Phil, Joanne, Cole and Carter

Connie Wade

November 15, 2012

Although I did not personally know David, my heart goes out to his family and those close to him in this difficult time. He obviously left a positive mark on this world and it's a better place because of him.
Connie Wade
Thousand Oaks Photo Group

Donna Bock

November 15, 2012

David touched our lives, with love, compassion, knowledge, wisdom, direction, guidance, companionship,& great desire to help out where ever he could. He went the extra mile to be there as a true caring individual. We love him and will really miss his presence. We send our love to his wonderful family in this time of passing and transition.

November 15, 2012

Our thoughts and hugs are with you Stelman Family. We know this is a sad time. Hold the memories of your dad Nathan (& family) close to your hearts forever. Love, The Kaplan Family

Ted Chavannes

November 13, 2012

Shocked to hear of his passing. I have always admired his friendliness, integrity and willingness to spend the time and often significant effort to help others.