“Dave died. Hotrods and tools for sale.” Those two sentences are what Dave said he always wanted for his obituary notice. More needs to be said, though.
David Gammon Eagleburger died of prostate cancer that could not be cured via early detection, medication, or chemotherapy.
Dave was born during World War II on the Quantico, Virginia Marine Corps Base. At the war’s end, he moved with one of his younger brothers and his parents, Helen and Gerald “Dutch” Eagleburger to Mesa, Arizona. He was a Mesa resident from that day until he died.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ann. He is also survived by his eldest son, Matthew and his wife, Megan and their two sons, Jack and Craig, his youngest son, Casey and his wife, Nicolle and their two sons Buck and Mack. He is also survived by his brother Greg and his wife, Gail and their daughters Sarah (Colin) Danna and son Daniel. He is also survived by his other brother Mark and his wife, Patty and their daughters Amy and Kelsey.
Dave grew up in Mesa from kindergarten to graduation from Mesa High School (the only high school in Mesa at the time). He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Northern Arizona University. He began teaching English and history and coaching football, wrestling and Track at Carson Junior High School in 1964. He continued to work for the Mesa Public School District No. 4 for over 40 years as a school principal, the district athletic director, an assistant superintendent for Senior and Junior High Schools, and as the associate superintendent.
Dave respected most. Feared none. He was as comfortable riding cross country to biker rallies as he was presenting to corporate and educational boards. He was as comfortable driving hotrods to car meets as he was speaking to gatherings of thousands about achievement. He was as comfortable camping with his once rowdy friends as he was playing a banjo solo with the Mesa Symphony Orchestra. He measured twice and cut once-well, most of the time anyway. He knew that there were more horses butts than horses in this world. He knew that what you want to do, you do and all else is simply talk. He took care of business.
A Celebration of Life will be held in his honor on Saturday, January 12th from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Windemere Hotel & Conference Center, 5750 E. Main St., Mesa, Arizona 85205. Doors open at 2:00 PM for food and drink. Memories will begin and be shared at 3:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Bldg #2, Phoenix, AZ 85014