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David Louis Sever

Our beloved David passed peacefully into the arms of His loving Heavenly Father on Wednesday, July 20th (age 86 years) surrounded by his loved ones. David was a loving husband, father, grand/great grandfather, son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend to many. He was a gifted engineer, mechanic, craftsman, and gardener.

Born second of five children to Louis and Mabel Sever in Los Angeles and raised in Lynwood CA, David served in Japan during the Korean War as a 1st Lieutenant. He married his dear wife Velora (Lorrie) in 1955, then graduated from USC after which he and Velora moved to Santa Barbara in 1959. David enjoyed 37 years as a mechanical engineer, 34 of those for EG&G in Goleta. His engineering career and travel with his wife Velora took him to many places, in the US and abroad, all of which he enjoyed.

David loved the Lord and was active in the First Christian Church of Santa Barbara since 1959, serving in many roles including Moderator. A Sea Scout himself, he actively mentored his son, Craig, and other boys in YMCA Gray Y, the Boy Scouts and loved camping with his family in the Sierras.

David is survived by his wife Velora with whom he enjoyed nearly 61 years of marriage, son Craig (Margie), daughter Tara (Dave), granddaughter Mandi (Jared), grandsons Nate, Ryan (Sarah), Aaron and Ben, and great-grandchildren Kaleb, Savanah and Reed.

David lived and led by example; he was steadfast and strong, gentle and kind, firm in his convictions, always thoughtful of others, and loved his dear wife Velora and family greatly. David enjoyed life and looked forward to each day; always friendly and considerate of those around him even when the pain and discomfort of his illness grew. David never complained of hardship or hurt, he was a fighter to the end. Our hearts ache for his presence, he will be greatly missed.

Memorial Service followed by reception will be Saturday, July 30 at 2:00 pm at the First Christian Church of Santa Barbara, 1915 Chapala St., Santa Barbara. All are welcome.

I Corinthians 13:4-7

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