Obituary – David Whitney Small

obit-david-smallDavid Whitney Small passed away peacefully Saturday, June 27, 2009 in his Atascadero, California home with hospice care.  He was born in Massachusetts, November 16, 1925.  His parents were Nancy Sophia Brigham and Irving Wheeler Small, who was captain of the US Olympic Hockey Team and won the Silver Medal in 1924 in Paris. David attended Lawrence Academy in Massachusetts, a member of the class of 1943; was a Veteran in the Army Air Corps in WWII, 1945 and attended USC where he was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity, majoring in Business Administration.

He worked as a freelance photographer which put him through college. He met his wife, Jacquelyn at USC.  He photographed her and entered the photo in a contest in the Los Angeles Times in 1951 and won second place.  They married in 1952 and bought a house in Arcadia, California in 1956.  He coached little league baseball and youth soccer.

He was a Boy Scout leader and served as the City Recreation Commissioner. He was self employed as a design contractor in the construction/commercial industry.  He developed a love for growing orchids and was an avid family historian who studied genealogy of the Small heritage.

David and his wife retired to Oxnard, California in 1996 and when she passed away in 2004 he moved to Atascadero. He is survived by his son Glenn W. Small; daughter-in-law Phyllis; and two grand children, Jack and David. At his request, his remains will be cremated and a service will be held on July 10, 2009 at 10:00am at the Atascadero Cemetery District.

Donations in his name may be made to the Central Coast Hospice, Paso Robles Office, 106 Gateway Center Drive, Suite B, Paso Robles, CA 93446.  He will be missed.

July 9, 2009

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