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 David Simon Weiss

David Simon Weiss

Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Death 23 Mar 2003 (aged 72)
Seal Rock, Lincoln County, Oregon, USA
Burial Centerville, Davis County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 10195873 · View Source
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A celebration of life will be held at the Holman Funeral Home, 2610 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. in Portland, Oregon on March 28, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. in memory of David Simon Weiss, age 72, who died March 23, 2003 at his home in Seal Rock, Oregon.

Born in Salt Lake City, UT on Nov. 21, 1930 to Simon Weiss and Clarissa Dean Chase. David spent his early childhood in the Sugar House area of Salt Lake City. In those days, he rode horses, played marbles, and ran like the wind during recess. As a teenager he attended East High School in Salt Lake City. During his senior year the family moved to Centerville, UT; David graduated from Davis High School later that year. David had been a gifted student, but rather than attending college decided to pursue a career in business immediately out of high school. In this era of his life, he served a short stint of active duty as a Seaman in the United States Naval Reserve during the Korean Conflict.

He met his wife, the former Marilyn Ballegooie on a blind date; by their fourth date the young couple were engaged. Shortly after their wedding, the Weiss' moved to Portland, OR .

In their 40 year marriage, he and Marilyn had five children together, David is survived by all five; Mark Weiss, Matthew Weiss, and Jessica Kelly, all of Vancouver, Washington; Jeanette Deters of Westminster, Colorado; and Connie Butterfield of Dallas, Oregon.

David was preceded in death by his former wife, Marilyn. He is survived by his wife, Annette, of Seal Rock, Oregon. For the last ten years David and Annette have divided their time by making their home in Salt Lake City and the Oregon Coast. David is also survived by 30 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

David was the founder of the David S. Weiss Company, a supplier of component parts for the recreational vehicle manufacturing industry. He was a pioneer in the fiberglass industry and formerly owned a company known as Plastolite which manufactured fiberglass awnings that he had invented and designed. He is the former president of the Society of Plastics Institute. In this role he played a key part in establishing ultraviolet light testing in the United States to improve the longevity of plastics used in many home construction and industrial applications. For nearly 20 years, David also served on the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association Education Committee, as well as the National Show Committee. In these roles, he was known for his ability to bring disparate groups of the industry together and bring about a consensus.

David was an avid supporter of the Boy Scouts of America and had served in such positions as Scoutmaster, Committee Member, and Commissioner in the Eastmoreland neighborhood. As a Scouter, he was most proud of his role in training adult leaders how to help boys themselves run effective Troop organizations.

A self-taught engineer, David was fascinated with the mechanics of any novel device and found great pleasure in gadgets. This fascination extended to all modes of transportation. He loved cars, and in the last few years had restored a 1941 Packard, the same model car he had used to learn how to drive. He also had owned and enjoyed riding a motorcycle. In the late 1970's, he became a pilot and for a number of years enjoyed participating in the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual "Fly-In" at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. In past years, he had owned various kinds of sailing boats and had won a number of regattas in racing events all over the Pacific Northwest. After finishing his racing days, he continued to find great enjoyment in sailing on the Columbia River on the last boat he owned, the "King's X" A grave side service will be held at the place of interment, the Centerville City Cemetery in Centerville, Utah at 3:00 p.m. April 4, 2003.

Published in the Salt Lake Tribune on 03/27/2003

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 10195873
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