David Edward Powell
June 08, 1932 - July 12, 2017
David Edward Powell, 85, died at home on July 12, 2017 following a nine-year struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Dave was born on June 8, 1932 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Beatrice Myhand Powell and John Marcus Powell, Sr. He was reared in Little Rock and was graduated from Little Rock Senior High School in 1950. After serving one year in the US Naval Reserve and four years active duty in the US Air Force he received honorable discharges from both branches and relocated to Dallas, Texas. In Dallas, he answered an ad that said “wanted, adventurous young man”. He began working for Geophysical Services, International in Dallas and was posted to various locations including New Orleans, LA, Calgary, Canada, London, England, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Beirut, Lebanon, and Tripoli, Libya. He spent his entire working life in the geophysical industry and loved every minute of it. In 1970 he relocated to Houston and made Houston his permanent home .
Dave was an avid distance runner, scuba diver, and dancer. He ran competitively in his age group and volunteered as a course assistant in numerous local races. He was a volunteer for the Houston Marathon Committee for 25 years. He always thought that the best part of running was the breakfast afterward with his friends. He loved scuba diving and was completely awed by the spectacle of underwater life. He made more than 50 dives and was happy to report that he never saw a shark. Dave discovered late in life that he was a natural dancer and enjoyed jitterbug, waltz, and tango. He was a long-time member of the Post Oak (now Trotter) YMCA. After his early morning workout he would frequent the men's coffee station to encourage the younger members to keep "pulling the wagon" for the retired group. He is a former member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors and was very grateful to the local San Jacinto Chapter for their educational opportunities and their generous technical assistance. His family included four Dalmatians and five alley cats. He is survived by his wife of almost 46 years.
A Memorial Service will be held August 5, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Belfort Street, Houston, Texas 77025. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Stevenson Companion Animal Life Care Center, Collage of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, 4461 TAMU, College Station, Texas 77843-4461