David J Deutchman
November 3, 1934 – November 14, 2020
David J. Deutchman, loving husband, father, and grandfather, died at his Sandy Springs home with his family by his side, November 14, 2020 after recently being diagnosed with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer. He was 86 years-old.
David was born in the Bronx, New York on November 3, 1934 to Ruth and Herman Deutchman. He served in the US Army from 1953 to 1955 and was selected for the distinguished Presidential Honor Guard under President Eisenhower. He was awarded an Honorable Discharge in 1961.
David soon began what would be a 41-year career with Maidenform Worldwide, Inc., ultimately as Senior Vice President of International Sales for his last 10 years with the company.
It was during his retirement that he found a new purpose volunteering at the Children’s Hospital of Atlanta, mostly in the Neonatal Intensive Care unit. Over the last 14 years he took great pleasure comforting thousands of babies and children he referred to as “my kids,” their families, and often the nurses who cared for them. They called him “Grandpa David” and after a photo of him holding a baby went viral, he became known as the “ICU Grandpa.”
David and Ronnie married in 1962 and lived in Boston where their two daughters were born and relocated to Atlanta in 1973. David and Ronnie shared a love of classical music, skiing, hiking and a passion for travel. David was also an avid reader and runner. But perhaps his greatest pleasure came from spending time with his family.
David is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ronnie, his daughters Susan Lilly (James Lilly) of Telluride, Colorado, Jill Deutchman (Eric Naviner) of Atlanta, his grandson Jacob “Eli” Prussack of Telluride, and his granddaughter Ryan Prussack of Atlanta.
He was predeceased by his brothers Jules and Ronald Deutchman.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
David J Deutchman
November 23, 2020
I didn't know David but was touched by his work in this ICU that I read about in the newspaper. My condolences to the family...
November 22, 2020
I do not know Mr. Deutchman directly, but he has definitely touched my heart. Several years ago I saw his story online of how he volunteered to cradle, rock, & hold NICU babies. His story struck my soul, and right then I decided that I would do the same when I came to that point in my life. So, Mr. Deutchman's story and influence has a legacy that will be far-reaching as he looks down from heaven because he has touched me and thousands, if not millions, of others. He was indeed a very special person.
ERIKA CHRISTIE DOS SANTOS LEITE
November 21, 2020
God Bless Mr. David Deutchman and take him to his Glory. Very, Very Beautiful mission he had here in Earth...
By Erika from Brazil.
November 16, 2020
I had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Deutchman through his daughter, Susan, who was my college roommate and continues to be one of my dearest friends. Susan loved and respected her father immensely and always had wonderful stories to share about a joke he'd told, some wisdom he'd imparted, or just generally how much she appreciated him. I know how much she and all the family will miss such a treasured father, husband and grandfather. How lucky they were to have had him for so long. With love.