May 5, 2011

In memoriam: A college friend and fraternity brother

I learned today when I sent my friend of 45 years an email joke... that Dave Longbottom, 64, passed away in his hometown in California.  Dave was a founding chapter fraternity brother at PSU before becoming a US Marine.

An Army brat who called many cities home over his lifetime, he was a patriot, a gentile conservative Christian, who was active in Marriage Encounter to help others,  a career teacher of mentally handicapped children in California, and an avid cross-country cyclist.

He passed after a short bout with pancreatic cancer. 

Dave was among those who have contributed email jokes and warm messages to this blog over the past several years.  Here's my favorite picture of him.  RIP, brother.  Condolences to his wife Judy and several grown children and young grandchildren.

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