Dave Deuning

Dave Richard Deuning

Thursday, July 25th, 1957 - Tuesday, April 21st, 2020
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Dave would like you to know that his work here on earth is done. He received an urgent call from the "Man" upstairs, if he were here, he would say it was like the scene from one of his favorite classic movies “The Godfather”, he was made an offer he couldn’t refuse!

This new journey means a reunion with family and friends he has not seen in quite some time, and a time of rejoicing in being made whole once again in the image of God.

We have no doubt that Dave is celebrating, socializing, dancing and being free of illness and pain. We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Dave during his 62 years of living, some of these lessons were: When traveling to a different country, carry a roll of toilet paper it’s always handy to have; If I have some, I’ll gladly share with you; Pay it forward, pay for someone’s cup of joe at Starbucks, giving is the best feeling!; Always tell those that have helped you how grateful you are for all their efforts made on your behalf; Kindness goes a long way; Live life to the fullest; Life isn’t about stuff it’s about the quality of your life and the company of those you love the most; Don’t hold grudges, life is too precious and short.

We will remember his smile, his warmth, his wittiness, great sense of humor and his great ability to love large and with all his heart.

He is survived by his niece, Sascha Benanua and boyfriend Chris Shields, brother in law Wayne Benanua, cousins Hedy Deck and husband (Tom Deck), Kim Wijmer, Phil Wijmer and wife (Angela Wijmer), Michael Resnick, Travis Deck, Colton Deck, Nikki Wijmer, Brenda Verhaar-Van Affelen Van Saemsfoort and husband (Paul Verhaar), Dilly Verhaar, Jim Van Affelen Van Saemsfoort, Bob Van Affelen Van Saemsfoort, Astrid Pritchard and husband (Wayne Pritchard), Kyron Pritchard, Robin Pritchard, Lestyn Pritchard, John Deighton and wife (Veronica Deighton), Francisco Deighton, Aunt Tante Nancy Van Affelen Van Saemsfoort, Uncle Oom Hilbert Dooyeweerd, many other cousins and friends as well.

Everyone who remembers Dave is asked to celebrate Dave’s life in their own way, raising a glass of their favorite beverage and lighting a candle in his memory would be a great way to honor him.

In lieu of flowers, Dave would hope that you would perform an unexpected act of kindness for someone who really needs it in his name, or maybe donating to

Funeral services will be held at St. Monica’s Catholic Community in Santa Monica, California. Service is TBD due to Covid-19.
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    St. Monica Catholic Church
    701 California Ave
    SANTA MONICA, CA 90403
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Gary Lang

Posted at 12:48pm
I met Dave in the UCLA dorm, when he showed me the unusually long bed they assigned him, which was explained by an autograph etched into the dorm wall - "Lew Alcindor". We laughed so hard, and were friends for decades. We lost contact 20 years later - surprisingly in the age of the Internet, and none of my old phone numbers worked. Numerous Google searches over the years failed to help me find him. Scanning photos this week, I was thinking of him, tried again, and now I find this sad news.

He was in my wedding, and we spent last evening talking about what a great guy Dave was to know and be friends with.

Miriam Rees

Posted at 03:42pm
Rest in peace Dave, you will be remembered for your kindness and gentleness.
We worked together only for 1 year but I'm glad that we kept in touch and we were able to chat the last week.Thank you for your friendship, rest in the arms of our Lord!

Brenda Verhaar-van Affelen van Saemsfoort

Posted at 03:45pm
I will miss his kindness and his humor ,glad i facetimed with him last week and we had alot of great laughs as usual. Alot of my childhood memories are in Pomona when we had good family holidays and also when the Deunings came to visit us in The Netherlands.There was always an ocean between us but our bound was there till the end.Have a great saté party in heaven Dave ,until we meet again.Love ,Cousin Brenda xxxx

Erick Angeles

Posted at 01:01am
What I remember Dave is his kindness. He is like my older brother that I don't have.
Every time I attended comin con convention to meet my favorite Stars, Dave never fail to leave me an amusing comment next to the pictures I posted. That is one of the thing I will missed about Dave. One time when I got stucked on the graveyard shift at work, he picked me up from work and drove me home. He is a very private person but he shared his heartbreak when he first lost his beloved Dad, then lost his Mom, then lost his Sister. I know that he is depressed but for once never show it. I am sad to lose a true friend/brother/pal but on the other hand, he will be in a much better place away from this cruel world, away from this pandemic, away from any suffering. I know that he is looking forward to joining his Mom and Dad and Sister in Heaven. RIP my beautiful friend, until we meet again, I will have much stories to tell you. You, my cousin Jeff and my Grandma will be my guardian angel. Thank you for everything.

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