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David G Lavender
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Birth: Jun. 27, 1934
Denver County
Colorado, USA
Death: Feb. 23, 2013
Green Valley
Pima County
Arizona, USA

Ojai Valley News
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013


David G Lavender

Services were held Saturday, February 23, 2013 for David G. Lavender, a long-time resident of Ojai who passed away near his home in Green Valley, Arizona, on February 16 following hospitalization from respiratory failure. He was 78.

Born June 27, 1934 in Denver, Lavender was the only child of noted Western American historian David S. Lavender and Martha Bloom Lavender. His early years were spent on the family ranch in Southwestern Colorado. after the ranch was lost during the Depression, the family moved to California and eventually settled in Ojai, where he lived on and off for much of his life. He attended The Thacher School in Ojai, where he excelled at baseball and gymkhana, and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1955. In 1957, Lavender married Valkyrie Steele, whom he met while she was a student at Nordhoff High and he was at Thacher.

After two years in the Army he worked at a variety of jobs before choosing college administration as a career. He worked at Harvey Mudd College, became director of development at Carleton college, and then was vice president for development at Colgate University. He returned to Ojai to work at Thacher in 1973 and later founded a successful consulting firm that served all types of nonprofit organizations throughout the country. He bought a house on the east end of Grand Avenue, where her enjoyed tending to his avocado trees and taking his beloved dogs on walks.

It was during the mid-1970s that Lavender took up golf and became a regular fixture on the fairways at Soule Park and the Ojai Valley Inn. He and his golfing buddies earned such a notorious reputation for joking around and making side bets that the local press profiled Lavender and his foursome in a feature headlined "Golfers Play for Laughs."

He was a member of the Ojai Valley Inn, where he was an avid, though bad, golfer, and a Rotarian. At various times he attended St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and the Ojai Presbyterian Church, was a member of the Ojai Vally Land Conservancy, and an active volunteer for the Ojai Valley Community Hospital. He had a longtime hobby as leader of a Fantasy Golf league, which involved many golfers and friends in Ojai.

Lavender was laid to rest in Telluride, Colorado, where her built a second home in the early 1970s and spent his summers with his family fishing, golfing and four-wheel-driving in the Rocky Mountains.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Val; five children, and numerous grandchildren.

His family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in David G. Lavender's name may be made to Peppi's House, a hospice affiliated with the Tucson Medical Center that granted Lavender comfort and peace in his final days (address: TMC Hospital/Peppi's House, 5301 Grant Road, Tucson, AZ 87512). 
Created by: Mary Bryan
Record added: Feb 26, 2013
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