David William Cattanach
February 11, 1939 – October 23, 2019
The youngest of the late John Grant and Gertrude Lester Cattanach's four children, David William Cattanach was born on February 11, 1939, in Quincy, Massachusetts, and while growing up with his siblings, Donald "Donny," John "Jack,"--both of whom he admired greatly--and Jane, in the suburbs of Boston, including the town of Needham, Dave developed his love of trains and for all Boston professional and college sports teams at a young age, frequently attending Wednesday afternoon Ladies Day Red Socks games with his mother, an avid baseball fan. As a child, Dave was a bit of a challenge for his parents, with his intense curiosity and wanderlust often leading him to seek adventure by hopping on trains passing through their town, and during the summer months, his mother directed his energy to gathering blueberries--coming home with his mouth and tongue blue from eating more than he picked--for the delectable pies and deserts she made each day for her family. After a failed teenage marriage, Dave joined the Navy at the age of 17 and began his 14-year military career, during which time he was stationed throughout the world, served two tours of duty in Vietnam, and was thought of by his young nieces back home in Massachusetts as the "cool" uncle because of his tattoos, and while assigned to Treasure Island in San Francisco, he met and married Maureen Ralston, with whom he was blessed with a daughter, Wanda Marie, and a son, Bruce Alan, and began a 35-year career with UPS. Following his divorce from Maureen, David married and divorced a third time--a union he referred to in the golfing term as a "mulligan." A first-generation American on his father's side--John had emigrated from Edinburgh, Scotland, as a young man--Dave was especially proud of his Scottish heritage and, in his later life, enjoyed listening to the bagpipes and indulging in Glenlivet Scotch whiskey on special occasions such as Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns' birthday in January, his own birthday in February, and when his teams won major championships, as well as other celebratory occasions. On August 7, 1982, Dave married Drucilla Salazar, with whom his loving partnership of 37 years was enhanced by the birth of David Alexander in 1984 and Ramon Grant in 1988, both of whom he supported in all their sport and academic endeavors and brought him great pride and happiness, as did all his children and grandchildren, and after transferring with UPS from the Bay Area to Sacramento in 1992 and retiring in 2001, Dave was a stay-at-home dad, much to the frustration of Alex and Ramon, was an active golfer and member of the retirement organization SIRs, enjoyed reading about history and politics, and honed his skills as a barbeque "pit" master. Preceded in death by his brothers, Donny and Jack, his sister, Jane, his father-in-law, Jesse Salazar, and his brothers-in-law, Ruben and John Salazar, Dave leaves to mourn his passing and cherish his memory his wife, Dru Cattanach; his daughter, Wanda (Dusty) Louis; his sons, Bruce, Alex (Marcella Mojibi), and Ramon Cattanach; his granddaughters, Shelby, Kayla (William Altenloh), and Simone Louis and Riley Cattanach; his great-grandsons, Evan Louis and Tyler Malone; his brother- and sister-in-law, Clif and Lorrene Salazar; and a host of family members and friends on both the "left" and "right" coast.
On November 16, 2019, family and friends are invited to the home of Alex and Marcella, 3095 Asante Lane in West Sacramento, at 1:00 p.m. to honor and remember Dave, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, and to celebrate a life well lived.