In Memory

David MacMurdo Jr

David (Dave) Allen MacMurdo, Jr. of Suisun City, CA passed away on January 25, 2020 at the age of 75. Dave is survived by his children, Timothy MacMurdo of Brooklyn Park, MN, Christopher MacMurdo, of Logan, UT, and Kimberly McDowell of Fairfield, CA, and 7 grandchildren and one great-grandson. He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Sandra Wright; his siblings Doug MacMurdo and Deanne Henry. Dave was born September 27, 1944 in Chicago, IL. to David MacMurdo, Sr., and Dorothy MacMurdo (nee Beach). Dave grew up in the Sacramento area, and graduated from El Camino High School in 1962. He graduated with a Bachelor in Arts in Liberal Studies from Raymond College (University of the Pacific) in 1965. He married Sandra Wright in 1966 and they joined the Peace Corps together and served in Chile before traveling around South America, returning to the United States with little more than a guitar, photos, and amazing stories. After Peace Corps, Dave completed his teaching certificate from UC Berkeley and made a home in Suisun City, CA. He began working as a teacher for the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District In 1972. At first as an elementary school teacher at Crescent, Crystal, and David Weir Elementary Schools eventually making his transition to Sullivan Middle School where he taught computers and mathematics until his retirement in 2002. Dave was a devoted teacher who received several “Teacher of the Year” awards and enjoyed mentoring new teachers. Dave was active with the Suisun City Volunteer Firefighters for ten years in the 1970’s and 1980’s, achieving rank of Lieutenant. His family has many fond memories of participating in fire department activities in the community. He also took pride in restoring and maintaining his Victorian home in Old Town Suisun. Dave enjoyed spending time outdoors engaging in activities such as backpacking, hiking, and car camping. He fostered his love and appreciation of the natural world in his children and grandchildren, and was also a supporter of numerous organizations whose mission is the preservation of nature for all to enjoy.

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08/15/20 04:59 PM #1    

Frederick Vail

So sorry to learn of another ECHS classmate who has passed on. Dave's father was Pastor of St. Mark's United Methodist Church, next to the former Orville Wright Elementary School. It was our family's home Church for a number of years. Both of my parent's Memorial Services were held there. Dave and I sang in the Youth Choir and in our 'unofficial' Madrigal group at ECHS. We've learned of three of our former classmates who have passed on this year and it certainly makes us re-evaluate our lives, look back with fondness of our younger days, when there was no Covid-19 to deal with (I guess Polio was the Covid-19 of ours, and our parent's generation. I remember taking the sugar cube vacine in the cafeteria/assembly room at Orville Wright. Mr. Foreman was the Principal and many who went to Orville Wright moved on to Thomas Starr King when it opened). Even though Dave and I did not keep in touch following our graduation from ECHS, the bond we formed while classmates was--and is--a lasting one. RIP, Dave. You were a great guy, a good friend, and will be missed by your classmates, family, extended family, and all who knew you. 

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