Tuesday, March 11, 2014

My Friend, David Stiller, Passes On

I cannot let another day go by without a mention of the passing of my friend, David Stiller, over the weekend.  Dave had been in and out of two hospitals over the past three weeks before succumbing to natural causes just about 48 hours ago - at 1 a.m., Sunday, March 9th.

Bradley Zint wrote an excellent piece about Dave Stiller HERE, which captured the essence of the man I knew.  In particular the quotation by Parks and Recreation Chairman Byron De Arakal is especially precise.

I knew Dave as a truly dedicated community volunteer, who served the city in a variety of ways.  At the time of his death he was a member of the Fairview Park Citizens Advisory committee, the Financial Advisory committee and the Costa Mesa Senior Corporation Board of Directors.  He previously served on the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Transportation Commission.

Dave Stiller was a man of strong character, strong opinions, a lover of classical music and a man who would debate issues that were important to him tenaciously.  He truly valued his old friends from the Naval Academy and his Naval service.  He was an excellent sounding board for those trying to resolve one of life's puzzles or flesh-out the municipal morass.

Dave was preceded in death by his wife, Clarisse, and leaves behind two sons, Eric(Jennifer) and Braden, two brothers and hundreds of friends.  I will miss him.

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Anonymous Terry Koken said...

He died far too young.

3/11/2014 01:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

David was a strong and decent man. I always admired his commitment and contributions to the community. He cared deeply and loved this city. I have known David since he was on the Transportation Commission back in early 90s. He was a determined and major critic of the way we engineers set speed limits. While we disagreed, we respected each others' opinion. I am appreciative of his work for the community and will miss him.
Peter Naghavi

3/11/2014 09:20:00 PM  

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