David Ivan Lamphier

January 16, 1930 – May 15, 2019

David Ivan Lamphier, 89, loving husband, father and grandfather, died peacefully at home on May 15, 2019.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years Jan, daughters Susan Grill (Daniel) and Diane Ruddell (Rob). He was the proud grandfather of Gracie Ruddell, Madeline Ruddell and Eric Grill. He will be remembered fondly by many good friends and other extended family.

Born January 16, 1930 in Springfield, OH, he spent his childhood in Springfield and New Castle, PA. He attended Slippery Rock College and graduated from Ohio University with a B.S. in Commerce. After four years in the Air Force he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Masters in Retailing.

David came to California in 1958 and worked for the Underwood-Olivetti Corp. before working for the next 17 years for the General Services Administration in San Francisco. He retired from GSA in 1990.

He met the love of his life, Jan, while living in San Francisco, and they were married in 1965.

He was active in College Heights Church, Episcopal Marriage Encounter, the Great War Society, and the San Mateo Police Department Neighborhood Watch program both as a board member and long-term block captain. He served the San Mateo County fire department through the Peninsula Fire Buff Club for over 23 years. As fire buffs, he and Jan enjoyed providing canteen services to fire fighters in San Mateo county at all hours of the day and night as well as holding multiple leadership roles within the organization. He was a charter member and served as president and treasurer of the Knights of the Gnomon, Sherlock Holmes scion. As a San Mateo library volunteer, he helped create the 101st airborne screaming eagles display (unit adopted by San Mateo).

David was deeply loved by his family and friends and will be remembered for his encyclopedic knowledge of history, automobiles and other forms of transportation, honesty, quick sense of humor and wonderful laugh.

A memorial service will be held at College Heights Church in San Mateo on June 15th at 1 pm. For those who wish, donations in memory of David may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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