David passed away peacefully at his home with his family and friends by his side. He was two weeks shy of his 54th birthday.
David grew up in Alameda on College Avenue before the family to their home on Fountain Street. Like most Alameda kids in the 70's, David hung out at the park. He was a loyal Krusi Colt, playing Bantam's and PeeWee's baseball there. The popular PlayBall publication even printed a photo of him in action.
Growing up, David enjoyed camping and fishing, especially the annual family trips to Idaho Falls. Mentored by his father Chris, David caught the fly fishing bug at an early age. He was soon wading knee deep in the rivers there, side by side with his Dad and brother Mike.
David attended Otis, Lincoln and Alameda High School. In high school he stood out on the football field. Unfortunately after coming down with spinal meningitis, he was prevented from continuing to play.
After high school, David found a new sport to excel in...golf.
David began working at the then Alameda Municipal Golf Course driving range and quickly worked his way up to the Pro Shop. His golf game improved rapidly and he held an 8.5 handicap from the NCGA for many years. David had a passion for the game. He enjoyed beating his buddies on the links, had fun wagering for a few dollars at times, but his real joy was helping people improve their game.
A good friend said he had a way of needling and applying pressure in ways that would help ANY golfer, young or old, improve their score. He also supported the Alameda and Encinal High School golf teams by donating buckets of balls for their practices.
David experienced wins in different ways throughout his golf career, but he'd tell you his biggest win was when the love of his life Anna, said YES! when he proposed to her surrounded by friends at the golf course.
A few years later, David and Anna welcomed their son Christopher into the world. Being a devoted Raider fan, David immediately anointed Christopher into the Raider Nation. Father taught son the ways of the Silver & Black. Like, "Just Win,Baby!". And, "Niners Suck!" At the age of 6, Christopher attended his very first Raider game. David was so proud.
The Raiders were the love of David’s life, second only to Anna and Christopher. As a season ticket holder, he and his Raider buddies never missed a single home game in 11 years. Scoring tickets to watch their beloved Silver & Black play in Super Bowl 37 in San Diego was a highlight. From the pre-game tailgating at the Coliseum to David's chance meeting with Al Davis, those Raider Sundays were surely some of the best days of his life.
David worked in the construction trade most of his life. In 2013 he joined Consolidated Engineering and became a Procurement Specialist, traveling to construction sites throughout the Bay Area. He enjoyed his job and the friends he made along the way, very much.
David is survived by his loving wife Anna and their son Christopher.
His parents Chris and Cheryl Rae, brother Michael, sister-in-law Bridget (Holgerson) Rae and nephews Matthew and Brian in Alameda.
His uncle and aunt, Warren & Kathy Warfield, cousins Lisa Warfield, Lauri Warfield Larson, her husband Carl Larson and their daughters Anessa and Haley Larson in WA. His aunt Susan MacRae in Aromas.
David is also survived by his wife's family. His sister-in-law Charla (Phillips) Liddle, and her wife Tammy Liddle in Modesto. His brother and sister-in-law Larry & Tracy Phillips and nieces Kristie and Amber in Sonora. His brother and sister-in-law Joseph & Susan (Sparks) Phillips, niece Ella and nephew Maddox in Piedmont.
David was preceeded in death by his mother-in-law Dee Clutts and her husband Jimmy Joe Clutts of Alameda. His grandparents Betty (Rae) White & her husband Charles Bruz White of Alameda. And grandparents Dale & Margaret Warfield of Twain Harte.
Husband, Father,Uncle, Brother and Son…
Part of our Lives - our World - our Hearts...
Always and Forever
A funeral mass & celebration will be held at a later date.
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