David Francis Pugh

July 10, 1935March 14, 2013

David Pugh, 77, of Ventura, died on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at his home. Dave was born in Pittsburgh, PA on July 10, 1935 to William and Grace Pugh. He was the sixth of nine children. Dave had been a Ventura County resident for 30 years.

He moved to Sacramento as a teenager. After serving in the Marines for three years, Dave attended Sacramento College. His career started with a worker’s compensation insurance company in Los Angeles. It was there where he met his wife Elmerina.

In the early 80’s Dave decided to make income tax preparation his full time career. He moved to Ventura in 1983. Dave loved his job and loved teasing his clients with his dry sense of humor. For many years Dave was on the Ventura College Foundation Board and served as chairman for a few of those years.

Dave leaves behind his wife Elmerina of 50 years; daughters, Tracy Carlton and Tricia Pugh-Covarrubias (Rene); “the loves of his life” his grandchildren, Tristan Carlton, Truman Carlton, William Miller, Nichole Miller (Joe), and Cameron Miller, all residing in Ventura; sister, Mary Jane Wheeldon (George) of Shingle Springs; brother, Tom of Phoenix, AZ, brothers-in-law; William Morton (Pat) of Moorpark and Lee Reams of Calabasas; numerous nieces and nephews.

Thank you to the Spa Nursing staff at Community Memorial Hospital for taking such good care of Dave on his bi-weekly visits.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013, 2:00 P.M. at the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura with the Reverend Dan Hull officiating. The United States Marine Corps will render military honors.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ventura College Foundation Scholarship Fund.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home and Crematory, Ventura.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 23, 2013

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Yvonne Bodle Farris

April 12, 2013

Dear Elmirina, Tracy & Tricia, I was so sorry to hear of Dave's passing when we recently returned. He was a good friend and was always there for me. I loved bringing him a box of See's Candy when I came in and watch his eyes light up! He would always say he was "going to hide it!" My prayers are with all of you. Dave was absolutely the best!

Toni Garubo

April 9, 2013

After returning from vacation, I was so sad to hear of Dave's passing. He was an amazing accountant---I knew he knew the laws & would always do the best job ever for me every year. He was an amazing family man---he loved his wife, daughters, & grandkids so much--he would beam just thinking about them. He was an amazing friend---he always wanted you to feel comfortable--his sense of humor coupled with his broad smile, always made me smile. I will miss him--my thoughts & prayers are with his family always. I'm so sorry I missed his life celebration--I know the room was filled with love for a wonderful man.

Kim Laminen

April 4, 2013

Dear Elmarina, Tricia and Tracy, My heart goes out to you during your time of loss. I am sadden to hear of Dave's Passing, I only found out today. I am so sorry. He was an incredible man. He loved and was devoted to his family and his character was admirable. I was so happy to have met him and experienced a small measure of who he was, those who knew him well were indeed blessed. God's comfort and healing to you all in the days ahead.

Cheryl Pease

April 4, 2013

"Our Family sends our most sincere condolences to the Pugh Family during this most difficult time."
David and Cheryl Pease & Roberto Blasini and Alison Bradley (Ventura, CA)

Burl & Roni Cleveland

April 3, 2013

I join with so many others who knew Dave in offering our heartfelt condolences on his passing.

Randy & Eileen Jones

March 27, 2013

David Pugh...kind, sincere, warm, witty, caring, professional, intelligent, honest, fun, loving...and the list goes on! We are so grateful to have known Dave as tax adviser and friend for 20+ years and will miss him tremendously. Our deepest sympathies to his beloved family. Hoping the song of happiness and freedom that your "sparrow" is singing brings some solace.

John/Jodi Gragg

March 25, 2013

He was a wonderful man, he provided tax services for our family and advise for many of our family members for years and years! He was always trusted and loved by all. He was a true "man" in every sense of the word! He will be dearly missed and thought of by all! We are very sorry for your families loss. May his love and memory be always with you as it will be with us.

Dan , Irene Garmon

March 24, 2013

Sorry to hear of Daves passing he was a good man and better friend.

Nikki Gankas

March 23, 2013

We will miss you Dave, the exciting news of our taxes, our annual dinner afterwards to celebrate and your joking personality. You were my rock throughout the year always there to answer any questions anytime, the year will not be the same without you. I'm glad u were part of our life all these years and you will be truly missed may your memory be eternal our prayers are with you Elmerina and the family. Love Frank and Nikki

Harry & Vesta Hunt

March 23, 2013

We will truly miss Dave's friendship, and are so grateful for many years of his excellent tax services. Dave always made tax preparation fun, friendly and personal. We both enjoyed a story or two about our Marine Corp. experience. The memories are wonderful. Our best wishes and prayers to Elmerina, Tracy and Trica, the family Dave loves so much.