Maurice “Pat” David

Maurice David
Maurice David

A memorial service for Maurice A. “Pat” David, a former attorney and judge of Bartholomew County, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at First United Methodist Church, 618 Eighth St., Columbus, IN.

The service will be preceded by visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), 1531 13th St., No. 2107, Columbus, IN 47201.

Mr. David, 94, of Nashville, died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, at the home of his younger daughter.

He will be cremated and will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., with full military honors at a later date.

Lt. Colonel David retired from the United States Marine Corps in 1964. He served his country as a Marine for 22 years. He fought and was wounded in the Pacific during World War II and was a Purple Heart recipient.

Prior to his enlistment he had attended Indiana University and Purdue University. In 1949, after applying, he was selected by the Marine Corps to attend George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., where he obtained a bachelor of laws degree.

He was a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, the State of Indiana and the District of Columbia. Throughout his military career he had duty stations in Virginia, Maryland, California, Hawaii, North Carolina, Okinawa and Washington, D.C.

After relocating to Columbus, Indiana, Lt. Col. David was elected judge of Bartholomew County Superior Court in November 1964 and served in that capacity through 1968. On Jan. 1, 1969, he joined the law firm Sharpnack, Bigley, David and Rumple as a partner where he practiced law until he retired in 1987. Mr. David received his certification as senior judge on July 30, 1991, and served the courts of Bartholomew County and multiple central and southern counties.

Among his community involvement, he served as a director and secretary of Bartholomew County Jail Building Corporation, director and vice president of Housing Partnerships Inc., director of Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company Inc., director and pro bono lawyer for Quinco Consulting Center, president of Bartholomew County Youth Study Commission, president of Columbus Kiwanis Club, president of the Bartholomew Consolidated School Board Nominating Assembly, and American Center for International Leadership, program officer for Emerging Leaders Summit Conference between young American and USSR leaders in Philadelphia, 1988, and in Moscow, Leningrad, and Sochi, Soviet Union, 1990.

He was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Frank O’Bannon in 2001.

The son of Daniel and Violet Moore David, Mr. David was born in Nashville, March 26, 1922. Pat was the first Boy Scout in Brown County to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

He married Martha Heilman David on Sept. 16, 1944; she preceded him in death Oct. 15, 2003. In February 2005, he married Bevera Libke; she also preceded him in death in September 2014. Mr. David’s brother, Dale Clinton David, preceded him in death in 2015.

Survivors include his daughters, Patricia David (William) Entrekin of Greenwood and Lucinda David (Robert Vernon) of Nashville; grandchildren, Jill Entrekin Laker, Matthew David (Laura) Entrekin, Bronwyn Deaver (Alex) Shroyer, Jonah Daniel Deaver and Kelzee Kathleen Tibbetts; and great-grandchildren, Wyatt Matthew, Anna Elizabeth, Katie Wynn and William Thomas Entrekin, Nathan Robert and Henry William Laker, Eliana Deaver and Odin David Shroyer. He is also survived by a brother, David Warren (Mary Jane) David.

The family will receive online condolences at Hathaway-Myers Chapel is serving the David family.