Earthman Southwest Funeral Home

12555 South Kirkwood, Stafford, TX


David Duane Brittain Sr.

May 14, 1941January 11, 2020

It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. Dave “Rexie” Brittain passed away on January 11, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family after a life well lived. He will be profoundly missed by his wife of 57 years Carol Nan (Farrar) Brittain, his sons David D. Brittain, Jr., Eric M. Brittain (wife Tricia Ochoa Brittain) and his favorite daughter Karen Painter (husband Dr. Timothy J. Painter). He will be especially missed by his grandchildren David “Trey” Brittain, Michael Brittain, Zachary Brittain, Timothy “T.J.” Painter, Alexander Brittain, Thomas Painter, Meghan Brittain, Caroline Painter and Caleb Painter with whom he shared immense love and joy. Extended family who share our love and loss include Veronica Kahanek Brittain, David Painter and Doris Painter each of whom he dearly loved.

Dave and Carol were married on September 9, 1962 and have been inseparable ever since. Dave graduated from the University of Texas in 1964. He remained a life-long Longhorn and was a life member of the Texas Ex Students Association. He was an avid reader and loved books of all kind. He had a particular fondness for history, especially Texas history. He was involved in all things Texas including volunteering with the San Jacinto Monument and its refurbishment, the Texas Historical Society and was a Son of the Republic.

He was active in local community interests including water boards, HOA and MUD districts and St. Theresa’s Catholic Church. Dave’s faith was central to his and Carol’s life. He and Carol were both people of strong faith not only by attending Mass but by example. Dave cherished his membership in the Knights of Columbus.

He spent his professional career with Texas Commerce Bank which later became Chase Bank. But his true passion was in helping others. He gave generously of his time, talents and treasures.

This space does not allow us to do Dave justice in describing every charity and group that he worked with. These are but an example: the Texas Marathon for Non-Public Education; Habitat for Humanity, repairing homes for the disabled and disadvantaged; President of the Hope Center for Troubled Youth; a tutor and judge for math students at local schools; senior citizens groups including the Jewish Community Center; church men’s clubs, the Fort Bend Friends of the Library; the YMCA; the Indian Guides; the Boy Scouts of America; March of Dimes; the Houston Food Bank; PBS; and the Salvation Army where he filled in for Santa.

He smoked hundreds of briskets over the years and loved being around just about any kind of cooking. He loved to fish and crab and catch oysters. He loved catching the elusive “6 o’clock” to the Bolivar Peninsula from Galveston for fishing with his sons and buddies.

He also loved his garden, his lemon trees and the orange trees he proudly grew. He was also an esteemed cactus farmer and has over a hundred cactuses from all over the world. He loved watching the butterflies in his yard enjoying the native habitat flowers he grew for them.

He absolutely loved to travel and one of his favorite places was Hawaii. He explored all over the world including trips to London, Australia, New Zealand (where he saw the first sunrise of the 21st century), Italy, Germany, Scotland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, France, Austria, Switzerland, Russia and other places throughout Europe.

During his final weeks all of his family came home, and he was surrounded by his loving wife, his three children, their spouses, his 9 grandchildren and Mimi and Pop, who were always there for him. They all gathered to share their love for him and to feel his love for all of them, passing time talking, laughing, crying and remembering. Rexie knew they were all there to be with him and to share the abundant love that was his everlasting gift to his family. May he Rest in Peace!


  • Visitation Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Rosary Service Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Committal Service Wednesday, January 15, 2020


David Duane Brittain Sr.

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Mary Ann & Cletus Zimmerman

January 15, 2020

Carol, you & your wonderful family are in my thoughts & prayers. David was a prince, an extraordinary human being. He was always there to lend a helping hand.

May God continue to bless you and your family at this very sad time.

Mary Ann & Clete Zimmerman

Mary Ann & Cletus Zimmerman

January 15, 2020

Carol, my thoughts & prayers are with you & your wonderful family. I was so sorry to hear of David’s passing.

He was a true friend, so kind, & always there to lend a helping hand. The world lost an exceptional human being.

Mary Ann & Clete

Michelle Descant -Fernandez

January 15, 2020

Thoughts & prayers to the Brittain Family. Lots of good memories with your family. God Bless

Mary Zimmerman Polnau

January 15, 2020

I was so sad to hear of David’s passing. I have such fond memories of him from my childhood and St. Ambrose days. He was such a kind and charitable man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time.

Allen&Terrie Ruppert

January 14, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss, our prayers are with all of you. I know David is looking down on his family with love.

Ofelia Marquez

January 14, 2020

Carol and family, so sorry to hear about David. I know he left you beautiful, wonderful memories. Praying for you.

“Tote” Clement-Arnold

January 14, 2020

David and I met when we lived in a housing project. We were preteens and became good friends. His sister,Susan, and I were inseparable. We were truly the Three Musketeers. The projects offered many activities and we didn’t miss any of them. David was such a kindhearted person and never had a bad word for anyone. He was a devoted son and brother. When his family moved, I lost a lot. Susan and I stayed in contacted the rest of her life and I kept up with David that way. He and I met several times in adulthood but it was never enough. I will never forget his kindness to everyone he met and his great influence on everyone. Fly with the angels, dear man.

Paul Dyke

January 13, 2020

I remember Mr. Brittain, David Duane Brittain , Sr. well growing up ...at church where he served as an extraordinary minister, at school where he was usually seen managing a function of some sort and around the neighborhood. He always had a wry and amusing comment at hand and made me feel at ease ....especially when helping me and David Duane Jr. when we were in trouble...I mean...stay out of trouble. He was a good father and an esteemed businessman and in fact was one of my first references when I entered the business world which I will always remember and appreciate. He was a good man and I will miss him.

Eva Gates

January 13, 2020

May the memories of David provide comfort to family and friends and may the Lord’s eternal love sustain all during these difficult times.

Sandra & Henry Lee

January 13, 2020

We are so upset to hear about David, and our prayers and thoughts are with you Carol and the family. Our friendship goes back many years and we have enjoyed continuing that friendship with our gatherings for Jeff Davis Alumni 1959. He was a fine man and he will be missed.