Born: January 10, 1933
Died: June 08, 2013
January 10, 1933 – June 8, 2013
Dave Carruth, loving husband, committed father, pocket watch and clock fanatic, Al Jolson disciple, tattoo tapestry and all around nice guy, died on Saturday, June 8, 2013.
Dave was born in Sapulpa, OK and lived in Long Beach, CA before he joined the Navy in 1950. He traveled the world aboard the destroyer USS Blue DD 744 as a sonar operator during the Korean War, collecting tattoo souvenirs along the way.
In 1956, Dave met the love of his life, Colleen, in Stanley, North Dakota and after a whirlwind two-week long romance they were married on October 26th; they never looked back and made the naysayers look foolish by remaining soul mates for fifty-six years. Dave and Colleen lived in various places in California, Colorado, Wyoming and North Dakota before they settled down in Buena Park, CA in 1964 where he resided until his passing. His rough, weathered hands are a testament to the fact that Dave was never afraid of hard work; while other men pushed papers in air-conditioned offices, he worked in oil fields, chemical plants and refineries to bring home the bacon.
Together, Dave and Colleen raised four children; Sharon, Jennifer, Kathleen and Robert as well as fathering and mothering virtually every kid on their block at some point. Their lawn and garage was the neighborhood playground and there were always enough PB&J sandwiches and Popsicles to go around. God rewarded their hard work with seven grandchildren who think they are the best! Above all else, Dave taught his kids that “a steep hill ain’t nothing for a high stepper.”
Dave excelled at all things mechanical. He loved guns, even after they became politically incorrect, antique cars, pocket watches, clocks and compasses. His patience and attention to detail enabled him to examine and repair machines that most would not dare to open. He had a keen eye for cars and appreciated classic beauty. If there are cars in heaven, Dave is driving a 1929 Cadillac.
Though he never attended a university, Dave had a PhD. in Common Sense and Living. He was always reading and learning and sharing with anyone who would listen to the bits of information and lessons he acquired from the vast array of periodicals and science fiction books he read. If he made a promise, he kept it. If you needed help, he was first to offer his hand. If you needed to talk, he was all ears. He was the golden rule personified.
He had a life-long love affair with pinto beans, bologna sandwiches, fried okra, coffee, fried eggs, fried spam, biscuits and gravy, smoked oysters, Colby cheddar cheese, Taco flavored Doritos and ice cream; a real man’s menu. He consumed quantities of food large enough to make people think he might eat them next. His barbeque skills were legendary up and down Harrison Way where the smell of fresh garlic bread wafted from the backyard during the summer. He was a master of the grill; he once prepared a meal for his family on a small hibachi during a torrential rainstorm in Idaho.
Dave was slow to anger and made friends easily. While not bold, he was solid as Gibraltar and always faced reality with confidence until the end of his days.
Viewing, Wednesday, 5-9:00 pm, June 14, 2013, Renaker-Klockgether Mortuary, Buena Park, Ca.
A Memorial Service will be held at 4:00 PM on Thursday June 13th at Christ Community Church, 6575 Crescent Avenue, Buena Park, CA. Pastor Doug Scholten will preside over the service and a reception will immediately follow in the Fellowship Hall where dinner will be served.
Burial with military honors presented by The United States Navy, Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 1:30 p.m., Riverside, Ca.
The Carruth Family invites you to join them and celebrate Dave, a loving husband and father, and a life well lived. He will be missed and remembered until we see him again.