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David R. Tyce

March 23, 2010
David R. Tyce
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David R. Tyce 1930 - 2010 David R. Tyce passed away in Brookings on March 23, 2010. He was 79 David was born in 1930 in Chula Vista, CA to Roland and Muriel Tyce. He grew up and attended school there until leaving high school to begin an engineering apprenticeship under his father at the family company. Just a few years after that, when he was 23, David was managing a 500 man machine shop and was known as a mechanical genius. After his father retired from the business, David went to work for Garrett Research in San Diego as an aerospace engineer where he developed many new technologies including pioneering a heat exchanger for use on the Alaska pipeline. He married Catherine Hart in Puetro Rico in 1953. That marriage ended in divorce in 1983. David later married Lois Granger. They built a home in Brookings and moved into it in 1992. David loved cars and planes. He served as a pylon judge at the Reno Air Races. He built a 1934 Mercedes from the ground up and even held the land speed record at El Mirage, CA for half-an-hour. He was a people person and loved to tell jokes and stories. His grandkids nicknamed him "the silly grandpa". David also like dogs and is already missed by his chocolate lab, Truffi. Survivors include his wife, Lois of Brookings, children from his first wife, Catherine including his son, Louis "Lou" Tyce and his wife, Debbie of Missouri, Michael "Mike" Tyce and his wife, Patti of Crescent City, CA, daughter, Christine "Chrissy" Tyce of Kentucky, children from his second wife, Lois included Robert "Bob" Gibson and his wife, Anna Belle of Corpus Christi, TX, daughter, Cynthia "Syndi" Stelly and her husband, Sal of Norwalk, CA, daughter, Sandra "Sandi" Southard and her husband, Roger of California, twenty six grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, brother, Lawrence "Larry" Tyce and his wife, Joan of Chula Vista, CA. David was preceded in death by his parents. Memorial contributions may be made to Relay for Life c/o American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

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