OBITUARY

David Acuna

May 4, 1932December 5, 2012
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David Acuna May 4, 1932 to December 5, 2012 Resident of Santa Clara David passed away peacefully on December 5 at his home surrounded by his wife of 53 years Delia and their daughters Yolanda, Maria and Teresa. David is survived by his son-in-laws Juan Reyes (Yolanda) and Art Ruiz (Maria) and 8 grandchildren Juan David, Jessica, Marco and Espiridion (Reyes) and Alicia, Gilbert and Gloria (Ruiz) and by Isabella (Acuna). David was also blessed with one great-grandson Derek Rodriquez (Reyes). He also survived by 3 step-children Richard Galindo, Virginia Salazar and Toni (Brian) Runke and their families. He also leaves 4 siblings Fidel Acuna, Vicki Estrada, Angie (Ralph) Valencia, and Socorro Musgrove and numerous nieces and nephews and their families. David was born in a suburb of Sacramento, Gardenland in 1932. He was the first of six children born to Raymond and Angela Acuna. By all accounts he was born into very humble beginnings and grew into a curious and mischievous young boy. He spent his youth tinkering with objects to see how they worked, building objects, playing baseball and teasing his sisters. He developed a love of aviation during this time also which lead to his career. David joined the Navy in 1953 where he served as an aviation machinist and he served on two aircraft carriers, the USS Lexington and the USS Yorktown. His highest rank achieved in the military was AD2. He was very proud of his time in the Navy and enjoyed his travels from Hawaii to the Orient. He then left the Navy with an Honorable Discharge and continued his aircraft/mechanical education in Southern California. He was then hired by United Airlines at San Francisco Airport where he spent the next 33 ½ years learning and teaching his craft. He lived in San Bruno for a short while during his “bachelor days” as he liked to tell us but shortly after he met Delia and soon they moved to East Palo Alto where they began their lives and family. From there they moved down the peninsula to the city of Santa Clara where their family grew. He enjoyed watching baseball with a beer and cigarette, camping and having his children around. Working for United Airlines, he was able to take us on many vacations but this for some reason was always stressful on him until we were actually there. He had told us that he travelled enough during his time in the Navy and really didn’t need to travel anymore. But he did this for his family…. He retired from United in early 1990’s and pretty much just wanted to enjoy his life quietly. He was enjoying being a father and grandfather. He was not one to be the center of attention but he would help anyone and everyone who needed it. He gave a lot of himself to others over his life and lived his life quietly, proudly, honorably and with dignity. That is also how he left this world and he is now with his mother and father and younger brother and awaiting all of us. Daddy we love you and we will be together soon and know that you are always in our hearts and thoughts. Thank you for the wonderful life that you gave to us and we will do our best to pass on your example of life to our children and grandchildren. We will miss you but we are comforted knowing you are now at peace no longer suffering. Until then…. The Funeral will be Friday, December 14th at 10:30 a.m. at Lima Family Santa Clara Mortuary, 466 N. Winchester Blvd. Santa Clara. Interment will follow in Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in Los Altos.

Services

  • Funeral Service Friday, December 14, 2012
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David Acuna

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Ronnie & Reina Mabanta

December 14, 2012

We will surely miss you Mr. David. The conversations we had, from dry leaves, cars, home repairs, to ships and airplanes. Thank you for all the life learning experiences and memories that will surely be treasured forever.

Laurie O'Leary

December 13, 2012

My deepest sympathies to the Acuna Family. What a wonderful, kind and gentle man Mr. Acuna was. May he soar into the heavens.

Jonna Amato

December 13, 2012

Dave, your memory will live on for all of us. We will miss you dearly. Some of my fondest childhood memories include you and your family. I will always think of your Genie slippers when I think of you. Love and prayers to all of the Acuna family at this time. Jonna (Denhof) Amato

Kathy Pearson

December 13, 2012

You will be missed by many Dave. I remember many good times. My love and prayers to all of you. You are in my heart and my prayers.

Rose Valencia

December 13, 2012

Now u are at peace , I am so glad i was able to see u when u came down to visit, It's nice that Dominick is following your footsteps in baseball , We love u , <3 Forever in our hearts!Rosalie, Jim and Family!

Robert Galindo

December 13, 2012

To Grandpa Dave, You were such a kind and generous man and appreciated the way you treated me and my family. We have the utmost respect and admiration for you. You showed me what a nice compassionate man could be and I always take that with me hoping to live up to that standard especially when I needed a positive male role model in my life. I am sorry that I did not get the chance to tell you how much you meant to me in person but sometimes our paths weren't able to cross. There were so many times I would pass by your house and want to visit you and Grandma but did not feel welcome and I am sorry for that. May you rest in peace and I know you will be up in Heaven with mine and my wife Yelonda's daughter Juliana who passed
away at birth on June 4,2006. I will miss all the times we spoke and all the great advice on cars, money and life you gave in your humerous way.God Bless You with love from your grandson Robert Galindo

Rose Valencia

December 13, 2012

Now u are at peace , I am so glad i was able to see u when u came down to visit, It's nice that Dominick is following your footsteps in baseball , We love u , <3 Forever in our hearts!Rosalie, Jim and Family!

Delia Ramos

December 13, 2012

Uncle David, you are now at peace and no longer in pain. You are now an angel up above and in the arms of gramma and grandpa..You will be greatly missed and thought of by ALL who knew you..Rest In Peace Uncle David..Love, Delia (The Bear)

Rachel Bailey

December 13, 2012

Our love and prayers go out to you during this difficult time.
God bless you always.
With love, Rachel, Chris, Christopher, Lisa and Daniel Bailey

Ralph, Jr. & Josephine Valencia and family

December 13, 2012

Rest in peace Uncle. My favorite memory is of you leading a conga dance at my daughter Lisa's wedding reception. Have a happy flight and say hello to Grandma and Grandpa Acuna for us.