David Chris Heatley, “Papa Fish”, was a man of unwavering faith in our Heavenly Father. He loved his family dearly, demonstrated kindness to others, and had a passion for the outdoors.
David was born in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts on December 18th, 1947. At the age of three, his family moved to Beaumont, Texas where he remained through high school. At 18, he moved to Georgetown, Texas where he attained a degree from Southwestern University.
He eventually found his true calling in the healthcare industry by continuing his education and attaining a nursing degree from Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas. He went on to work as a nurse paramedic for the city of Austin EMS. In 1991 he became a CRNA. David retired from the healthcare industry after 41 years of dedicated service. David also served our nation in the Navy Reserve.
Throughout his life, David was an active member in his community. Much like his vocation, he devoted his free time to helping others and was an active member in the church. He was an avid fisherman, loved golf, and enjoyed sailing. Most importantly, he found solace in dedicating his life to his family. David was an excellent role model for his five children and served his family by being a source of wisdom, guidance, and encouragement.
David is preceded by his parents, David and Neva. He is survived by his loving wife, Debbie, his children, Lauren and Matt McNeil, Grant Heatley and fiancé Kelly Weafer, Cliff and Amber Holdridge, Matt Holdridge, and Chase Holdridge, and sisters Kathy Salem and Susan Baldwin. Papa Fish also adored his four grandchildren, Grace, Elijah, Anna Ruth, and Hope.
David went to his heavenly home Tuesday, September 17 at 4:23 PM. David loved Jesus and will be dearly missed. We celebrate today that he is with Jesus and free of pain. We look forward to seeing him soon. Please join the family in a celebration of life to honor David Heatley.
Service will be held at Life Marble Falls in Marble Falls, Texas on Saturday, September 21st at 2:00 PM. Fishing shirts and casual attire are encouraged.
In his memorial the family requests donations to be made to Capital of Texas Alzheimer’s Association at https://www.alz.org/texascapital or mailed to 5508 Hwy 290W, Ste 206, Austin, TX 78735.
Arrangements entrusted to Cremation Advocates by Putnam, 206 Avenue H, Suite 204, Marble Falls, Texas 78654. (830) 798-8413.