David W. Akers

September 26, 1941July 11, 2012

David Warren Akers, a devoted husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend passed away quietly at home on July 11th, surrounded by loved ones. David was born in Seattle, Washington on September 26, 1941, to Byron and Beatrice Akers. He graduated from Franklin High School, received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and Master’s Degree from Oregon State University. He served in Viet Nam as a first lieutenant in the Army, then first as a forward observer and later as Battery Commander. He received the Purple Heart and Military Commendation Medal for Military Merit in 1966. Upon his return from Viet Nam, he finished graduate school and married Sharron in 1969, and went on to teach mathematics at Saint Martin’s College in Olympia. In 1972, he went to work for Paramount International Coin Corporation where he worked his way up to President. He traveled all over the world visiting their offices in Europe, meeting with representatives of foreign governments regarding their coin programs, reviewing private collections for auctions, and speaking before various professional groups on the value of coins as an investment. Coins were his passion since he was eight years old, and he felt so lucky to be able to turn his love of coins and their history into his profession. He started his own rare coin business in 1987, and ran major auctions in Baltimore and New York City. The rarest of rare coins crossed his desk frequently. He became a renowned numismatist, having studied coins for so many years, authored eight books on coins, having received many numismatic awards. Even the United States Treasury Department would call him to authenticate a coin! His family and friends remember his zest for life, his warm sense of humor, his bright smile, and his infectious laugh. They will also cherish the memories of his sharp analytical mind, his phenomenal memory and extensive reading, which enabled him to recall information on most any subject. But most of all, he will be remembered for his honesty, integrity, and being just a nice guy. David is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sharron ; his daughter, Heather Anne; his sister, Joan Booms; his nephew, Douglas Booms, and his wife Catherine; brother in law, Mark Osterhout of Seattle, Washington and his faithful dog, Buster. A memorial service to celebrate the memory of his life will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 1500 South Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL, 34995 on Wednesday, July 25th at 3:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made in his name to the Hibiscus Children’s Foundation, 2400 NE Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach, FL 34957. Please visit David’s online obituary at All arrangements are entrusted to Aycock Funeral Home, Stuart, FL.


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Robert Christopher Attorney

September 29, 2012

David and I shared a room together on the ship going to Vietnam in 1965. That was the only time I had the privilege of sharing time with him. Once we landed in Vietnam, we went our separate ways . I have always remembered that he enjoyed life and had a passion for coins. I always hoped to visit with him later in life but never had the opportunity to do do. Sadly I will never have that chance to talk with him. If you would want to talk to me about my short time with him please call me. 574 583-4862

Christina Smith

August 12, 2012

I am so sorry to just hear of Mr. Akers' recent passing. Although I did not know him well personally, he was instrumental in my education in relation to U.S. gold coins which I still specialize in to this day after 30 years as a professional numismatist and dealer. At the very beginning of my career, Richard Nachbar recommended David's series of books on the gold coin series, which were then purchased, and to this day still serves as a valuable reference. Although now dog-eared and bruised, they remain and will always remain on my main reference shelf because of their importance both personally and professionally. I am very grateful for the gift of his knowledge and research. David Akers far exceeded the minimum goal that I believe we should all at least aspire to during our lives, which is to leave this earth a little better than we found it.

Amanda Gonzalez

August 7, 2012

Dear Heather and Sharron,

We are very saddened to hear of David's passing. I will always remember his kindness to you and to all. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Amanda Gonzalez

August 1, 2012

A great man, with great accomplishments. He was always helpful with his vast knowledge. As a stranger with a request he never hesitated to assist. Great men always live on. Hany Haddad

Bob McGrath

July 29, 2012

Dear Sharron and Heather,

We were deeply saddened by the news of David's passing. We have lost a wonderful friend. David was a most unique and inspiring person. He was extremely intelligent, had an incredible memory, a quick and engaging wit, and a warm and generous personality. We admired the integrity and ethics which characterized his business and personal reputation. He was the consummate Notre Dame man. While our Notre Dame bond united us in that fraternity of graduates, it was David's personality and persona that took our personal friendship to another level. We enjoyed his company and Bob delighted in his frequent conversations with David about a wide range of topics, but especially about Notre Dame sports. His encyclopedic memory and recall and his undiminished optimism, even when the team went through challenges, made each exchange stimulating.

We admired his strength and determination when dealt physical and illness obstacles that long ago would have wilted almost any man. In addition to excelling as a family man, he served our nation gallantly and at great personal expense in Viet Nam. He was as a teacher and a creative corporate leader, and he has been honored as few others in the coin Industry where his talents are legendary and where he leaves a treasure full of respected work. David was valued by the institutions he represented and by the countless people who had the privilege of working with him. For all, David's passing is a loss. We are among them and we will miss him as a respected and beloved friend.

But our loss pales compared to the unimaginable loss you and Heather have suffered. We know what a wonderful husband and father he was. We know how very much he valued and loved all his family and how he was always ready and willing to do anything he could for others. And we know that the feeling was mutual and that you did everything you could for him.
Please accept our deepest sympathy and condolences. David has left his friends and especially his family a rich legacy of wonderful memories. In time, we trust these will mitigate the pain of your loss and enrich your celebration of his time with you.
You, David, and all your family are in our thoughts and prayers,
Bob & Jean

Charles Surasky

July 28, 2012

I am saddened to learn of David's passing. He was instrumental in my success in the numismatic world. On my first day at Paramount International he took me out of the telephone sales training program and assigned me to work with Tom Mulvaney in the publication department. Thanks to David's intervention, I have had more than 35 years of success writing newspaper ads, newsletter articles, press releases, direct mail flyers, product inserts, auction marketing material, executive speeches, internet site copy and ghost-writing articles for the leading firms in our industry. I will add his name to my daily prayers.
Charles Surasky

Marie M

July 26, 2012

May the God of comfort be with family and friends during this time of distress.

Patricia Merena

July 24, 2012

Dear Sharron and Heather,

On behalf of Ray and myself, on the passing of Dave, I just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you and remembering some very good times when we were all part of Paramount. Dave was truly an outstanding man.
Ray now lives in Alzheimer care but I know somewhere in his lost memory he would agree with me.

Love to you and your family,
Pat Merena

Pat Patrick

July 23, 2012

My name is Pat Patrick and like Gene Alfarone knew David from 1st grade on at Beacon Hill through Franklin. His dad was the custodian at the Beacon Hill. Dave was one of the very good guys and a friend to everyone. My condolences to the family.

July 23, 2012

So sorry to hear of David's passing. My father Wayne Smith use to take David and me fishing on opening day at Lake wilderness. We always had a great. Philip Smith