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David M. Mackey

MACKEY, DAVID M. Age 78, entered into rest on December 29, 2004. He was residing with his son Mark and his family in Hemet, CA. at the time of his death. David, or Dave as he was known by, was born May 12, 1926 in Burlington, Iowa. He resided there, working for the C.B.&Q. Railroad until his enlistment in the United States Army in 1945. December of 1945, Dave arrived in Europe serving with the 16th Constabulary Squadron assigned to the Berlin Command. While in Germany the 16th Constabulary supported the newly activated Berlin Police Force. Upon his discharge from the Army in 1948, Dave returned to Burlington, Iowa and his job with the railroad. On March 13, 1949, he married the love of his life, Jean Head, also of Burlington, Iowa. After working 13 years with the C.B.&Q. Railroad, Dave moved his family to California settling in Rubidoux. He was hired by the Jurupa Unified School District in 1958. After 40 years of dedication to his job with the school district, he retired in 1998 from his position of JUSD Warehouse Manager, receiving a Distinguished Service Award from the school district. Dave was known throughout the Jurupa area as a humanitarian, willing to give of himself. He always had an extra dollar for anyone that needed it. His sense of humor, bright smile and shining blue eyes preceded him wherever he went. He loved to play practical jokes on those he cared about. It was his way of saying, "I appreciate you for who you are." Dave's family was his life, having tremendous pride in his children and grandchildren, he always ±stood tall by their side. He was a dedicated volunteer for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, donating many hours and funding to fight the disease. He was always a champion of helping youth activities, receiving many acknowledgments from those he assisted. When thinking about Dave, you knew that he was there to support any cause that would benefit his fellow man. Dave was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Jean. Dave and Jean shared 52 years of marriage. He is survived by 5 children, Steve, Mark, Kevin, Lori and Pat; 4 daughter-in-laws, Elayne, Lorri, Debbie and Kris, who loved him as if he were their own father; 9 grandchildren, Michelle, Brett, Joy, Katie, Kasie, Jenny, Breeana, Barbara and Megan; 4 great-grandchildren, Maggie, Hunter, Parker and Logan; and his sister and brother-in-law, Karen and Tom Brown of Lubbock, Texas. Dave attended Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Pedley, CA. A viewing will be held at Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary, 7944 Magnolia, Riverside, CA. 92504, Wednesday, January 5, 2005 from 5-9 p.m. A memorial service is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. Thursday, January 6, 2005 at Grove Community Church, 5320 Victoria Avenue, Riverside, CA. Burial services will follow at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA. at 2:01 p.m. °°Remembrances may be made to The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 153 East Whittier Blvd., Suite A., La Habra, CA. 90631. ACHESON & GRAHAM MORTUARY Garden of Prayer (951) 688-1221

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