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Unforgettable Doesn't Begin to Describe Him

Date of Birth January 25, 1944

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Date of Passing January 14, 2019

David E. Doggett

from Ames, Iowa, United States

David was a native of Ames, Iowa, where he graduated from Iowa State University. He was in the US Navy during Vietnam, in the Gulf of Tonkin area aboard the USS Constellation from 1963-1967. He lived in Houston in the early '70s, where his oldest daughter was born, and then moved to California to the South San Francisco Bay Area in the mid-70s. He spent the 80s & 90s working and raising his children and thriving in the fast pace of the tech boom in Silicon Valley, moving from Sunnyvale to Redwood City in 1999. After 8 years in Redwood City, he moved to Berkeley, California after deciding to move in with Betsy after 6 years together. In 2015, he returned to his roots to Omaha, Nebraska with Betsy.

David's exuberance and excitement for life, love, experiences, emotions, knowledge, friendship, and empathy made him unforgettable to anyone who had the privilege of encountering him. He spread kindness, generosity, compassion, and thoughtfulness everywhere he went and touched the lives of so many people.

As an optical engineer, he spent his career trying to advance in his field and discover all he could about everything else. As a poet, he was the creator of lovepoetry.com, that website was oft considered his youngest child by his actual youngest child. If you waited tables in Silicon Valley anytime in the 80s or 90s, he probably quoted a poem or three to you whenever you came to the table to check on him. He loved to learn and loved to share that knowledge with anyone who would listen. 

David loved the arts - music, art, theater, opera, ballet. He wasn't afraid to cry and was a staunch feminist. He raised his daughters to know they could do anything they put their minds to. He was a dreamer, an inventor, holder of many patents. He was the man you went to for advice - on life, love, and everything in between. 

David is survived by his two daughters, Sarah Jowett, and Michelle Bender; his grandson Connor Jowett, the love of his life, Betsy McDaniel; his stepchildren Jay and Stacey Jolley, David and Cristin Jolley, and Emily Jolley, along with his step grandchildren, Connor, Evan, and  Makenna. In California, his stepsons, Troy, John, and Joseph Barros, and his step Grandson Cameron Barros, plus all of the many other people who he considered to be his children. Not to mention numerous nieces, nephews.

David was there for anyone who needed a Dad, or even just a friend. His last wish was for the impeachment and incarceration of Donald Trump and all of his colluders. A true Renaissance Man, the world is a bit dimmer now that he is no longer in it. He is missed and loved by many. 

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    Reply Km F / Jan 29, 2019

    I am sorry for your loss, please accept my deepest condolences. God gives comfort during this difficult times (2 Corinthians 1: 3,4) May you find comfort in knowing that your dear one is safe in the memory of God, who will remember every detail about him and bring him back again ( John 5:28, 29)

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    Reply Christian Love / Jan 22, 2019

    Beautiful remebrance that captures his passions of art and love for life. My deepest condolences in losing a complex man who was truly a larger than life individual, brilliant debater and deep thinker. Sending love always to the family.

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    Reply Erin Cable / Jan 22, 2019

    I only met him once when picking up Michelle, but I can say, without a doubt, that was the most memorable, most fascinating, most eclectic conversation I have ever had with anyone upon first meeting them. I hold that conversation in my heart...in that special box of best memories.

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    Reply Michelle / Jan 21, 2019

    I will miss you every single day until my last day. I love you Daddy.

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