David Eugene Clapp (April 20, 1938 - August 09, 2023)

In loving memory of
David Eugene Clapp
  • April 20, 1938
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  • August 09, 2023

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Born in (Newark, New Jersey) April 20, 1938, to David Bingham, and Alice Madeline (Sunny), Dave was preceded in death by brothers Roger, (wife Ann, Tracy, Barbara, David), and Raymond (wife Antoinette (Tony), (David, Matthew, and Christine). Always revered, and remembered by their little brother.

Dave, “Splash Clapp” was a sensation as captain of the swim team at Irvington high school. Drawn by the promise of cowboys and Indians, he began a lifelong love affair with the Rocky Mountains, studying at the University of Colorado (go Buffs) where he acquired a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. Dave then joined the Air Force, eventually becoming a Captain. A chance trip to Ohio had Dave walk into a bar and meet beautiful, beguiling, Mary Ann Everly. After a whirlwind romance the two married in 1962. In 1963 son Mitchell David Clapp came along (Biloxi, Mississippi), 17 months later, daughter Dawn Marie (Chandler, Arizona 1964). During this time Dave procured a masters degree at Arizona State University (go Sun Devils), and a well earned PHD.

Dave’s first job was at Mt. Rainer National Park, then a professor at Florida Technological University (now UCF), worked for NIOSH, the CDC, and taught the first online course (project management) at Florida Institute of Technology. At home he taught his children how to fish, shoot BB guns (there was an unfortunate incident with a safety instruction and a bird), camping, swimming, our Indian Guide (now Y guides), sailing, hiking, skiing, how to drive, how to change a tire, check and change oil in a car, and so much more.

December 1983 son Mitch died, turning the light off. Dave met Father Tom (Monastery of the Holy Spirit), who introduced the Catholic faith, a buoy that turned Dave back to the sun.

In 1995, Eric Schreiner came into Dave’s life, a beloved son-in-law. In 1997 with great joy, and love, Dave met granddaughter Elena Marie. 2002 brought Toby William, glorious, treasured grandson. Eric’s family, dad Chuck, mom Jan, brothers Dave (Kristin), Mike (Amy, Henry, Sam, Lily), enriched Dave’s life immeasurably.

He retired in 2022, and was a YMCA gym rat, spending most afternoons on the weight circuit and treadmill, drinking coffee and making friends with anyone in his vicinity.

Dave’s family has a wealth of memories. The way light plays on a lake, the purr of a kitten, the wind on our faces, how we enjoy a good meal, or giggle at a ridiculous joke. Dave shared with us a love of travel, the majesty of the mountains. He gave us New Smyrna Beach, a respect for all of nature, a commitment to exercise, an endless curiosity of people and places. Mostly he gave us his time, his enormous love, stunning generosity, and many, many stories. We love you Dave, dad, grandpa, for all the rest of our days.

There will be a service to remember Dave’s life at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church on August 25, 2023 at 11 AM followed by a burial at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery with Military Honors at 2 PM.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that a donation in Dave’s honor be made to:

St. Peter Claver Prison Ministry

PO Box 135 Ocoee, FL 34761

A Zelle account for direct donations to St. Peter Claver Prison Ministry has also been set up by the family, please use phone number 407-467-7764.


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  1. Dawn posted an image:
    07 Jul 2024
    Gorgeous young Dave Clapp
    Gorgeous young Dave Clapp

  2. Dawn posted an image:
    07 Jul 2024
    Dad, at his favorite beach.
    Dad, at his favorite beach.

  3. Dawn posted an image:
    07 Jul 2024
    Dad in Ohio, visiting an Amish town.
    Dad in Ohio, visiting an Amish town.

  4. Dawn posted an image:
    07 Jul 2024
    Last photo of dad. ❤️
    Last photo of dad. ❤️

  5. Dawn posted an image:
    07 Jul 2024
    Dad, grandpa, with Elena and Toby. In Rocky Mountain National Park.
    Dad, grandpa, with Elena and Toby. In Rocky Mountain National Park.

  6. Dawn posted an image:
    07 Jul 2024
    Family photo from the 80s.
    Family photo from the 80s.

  7. Dawn posted an image:
    07 Jul 2024
    At dad’s service, I dressed up his truck with sunflowers and magnets asking: “honk for Dave”.
    At dad’s service, I dressed up his truck with sunflowers and magnets asking: “honk for Dave”.

  8. Dawn posted an image:
    07 Jul 2024
    Dave in one of his favorite places, Colorado.
    Dave in one of his favorite places, Colorado.

  9. Dawn Everly posted an image:
    16 Aug 2023
    I’m very sorry for the families loss. He is now with his beloved lost family members, at peace and not suffering. He was a one of a kind individual who loved meeting others, sharing conversation and life. He also had a great love of nature. I believe one of his greatest pleasures was spending time with his grandchildren. He will be missed. Happy your at peace! Love you Dawn
    I’m very sorry for the families loss. He is now with his beloved lost family members, at peace and not suffering. He was a one of a kind individual who loved meeting others, sharing conversation and life. He also had a great love of nature. I believe one of his greatest pleasures was spending time with his grandchildren. He will be missed. Happy your at peace! Love you Dawn

  10. Dawn Everly lit a candle:
    16 Aug 2023
    Lit since August 16, 2023 at 8:38:12 AM

  11. Cass Catroppa says:
    15 Aug 2023
    I am so saddened to learn of Dave's passing. My deepest Heartfelt Sympathy to Mary Ann, Dawn and family. Dave was a true renaissance man. I have so many beautiful memories of him. May he rest in peace in the arms of our Lord Jesus whom he loved.

  12. Ann Welch says:
    15 Aug 2023
    What a beautiful man. He will be missed! I'm glad that he and MaryAnn were able to visit when they did and spend time with my Dad a while back..

  13. Paul & Terry Creighton lit a candle:
    15 Aug 2023
    Lit since August 15, 2023 at 8:19:40 AM

  14. Jim & Michelle Bailey says:
    14 Aug 2023
    We met Dave later in his life when we came to live near Dawn & Eric.
    He was a wonderful, charming man who was interested in everything and everyone.
    He was particularly fascinated by our British background and we answered many questions about our life!
    I know he will be missed by all who knew and loved him
    Sending love to the family
    RIP Dave

  15. Jim & Michelle Bailey lit a candle:
    14 Aug 2023
    Lit since August 14, 2023 at 8:25:12 PM

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