Dec 12 1943 – Sep 15, 2021
David “Dave” Verdery, beloved husband, father, father-in-law, son-in-law, dad, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle and dear friend, passed away of this life on the evening of September 15, 2021. David is born in Waco, Texas. He was the first of three children of David Paul and Ruthe McCawley Verdery.
Dave attended Waco Public Schools and graduated from Waco High School in 1961. After graduation he attended Baylor University, initially focusing on becoming a minister. . In college, he had the opportunity to replace a friend as an announcer for the local KEFC radio station in Waco. It marked the start of an incredible 35-year radio career that took him to New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He was honored by The Gavin Report as Adult Contemporary Music Director of the Year for 1992 and 1993 for his work at KBIG in Los Angeles. One of his proudest accomplishments has been the founding of Disco Saturday Night. This weekly program of classic disco hits that he mixed himself helped KBIG reach number one in this time slot. Disco Saturday Night is still syndicated on other radio stations today.
Dave was married to Randy Lee Mahan from 1968 to 1970 and they had a son, David Roderick (Rod) Verdery. Rod and his wife, Karen, have four children, Lucas, Alexis, Elijah and Hanna, affectionately known as g-kids. Dave is affectionately known to them as Grandpa.
Upon retiring in 1997, Dave returned to Waco to help care for his mother and find out what the next chapter in life would be. Over the next few years, he got involved with the local PBS station, KWBU, as the host of their TV fundraisers, periodically sat down as a guest DJ for a local radio station and performed started performing in Waco and Temple Civic Theater productions. Dave was a wonderfully gifted actor who had the opportunity to appear in many musicals and plays. He also continued to try his hand at directing, finding it incredibly rewarding. Perhaps her most valuable role was that of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof.
In 2000, Dave met Curtis Cannon. They publicly affirmed their love and commitment to each other with a blessing in 2000, a sacred union service in 2001, and finally, a legal marriage when this right was finally granted to them in California in 2008. The couple reaffirmed their wedding vows. in 2015 in Waco, Texas, to celebrate the adoption of national marriage equality.
Dave was officially diagnosed with Parkingson’s disease in January 2007. Although it was a huge shock, Dave focused on learning all he could about Parkinson’s disease. He joined a local Parkinson’s support group in Waco (HOT PACs) and focused his time, energy and passion on conducting weekly exercise classes (for which he mixed special thematic music ), served on their board of directors and helped plan education and Parkinson’s programs. conferences.
In 2016, Dave and Curtis decided to move to Southern California where they would be closer to their family. Curtis quit his job so that he could be available as Dave’s full-time caregiver. Upon arriving in Coachella Valley, Dave and Curtis got to know the Parkinson’s Resource Organization and its many support groups, services and programs. Dave enjoyed sharing roundtable discussions about the products he had discovered that had helped him in his daily life with Parkinson’s disease. He also enjoyed writing poems for the monthly PRO newsletter that were a window into his experience with Parkinson’s disease.
Dave is survived by his son, David “Rod” Verdery Tomlinson (wife Karen) and their daughters, Alexis and Hanna, and their sons, Lucas and Elijah; sister, Gini Verdery Bortz (husband Garry); brother, Richard Verdery (wife Beverly); nephew, Ryan Bortz; nephew, Brennon Bortz (wife Whitney) and their daughters, Aisling and Kella, and their son, Cavan; nephew, Scott Verdery (wife Traci) and their daughters, Ella and Emerson; niece, Suzanne Dell (husband Nick) and their sons, Jacob and Jonathan; niece, Laura Edmonds (husband James) and their son, Harlan, and their daughter, Samantha Ruthe; stepmother, Joyce Montgomery Cannon; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Chris and Laura Cannon; niece, Kari Stickney (partner Brian) and Kari’s son, Jason; nephew, Jason Stickney (wife Brit) and their son, Bennett, and daughter, Linden; aunt, Ruth Cannon; ex-wife, Randy Tomlinson (husband Richard); her husband, Curtis Montgomery Cannon, and so many dear friends.
It is difficult to conceive that this wonderful and brilliant light is no longer with us. May his many contributions of love and all the sweet and precious memories console those of us who mourn his passing.
A memorial celebrating the life of Dave will be held at the Weifels Memorial Chapel in Palm Springs on Sunday, November 14.
In lieu of flowers, donations to one of the two above Parkinson’s charities would be a wonderful tribute in Dave’s memory.
Posted by Waco Tribune-Herald on October 10, 2021.