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David Terry DeMille had a heart attack and passed away on July 6, 2020 in Garden Grove, CA at the age of 52. He was born on December 10, 1967 in La Mirada, CA and was raised in Norwalk, CA. After graduating from Whittier Christian High School, Dave attended Christian Heritage College earning a Bachelor of Science degree and a K-12 Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.
David married Shani (Danzeisen) DeMille on July 22, 1995 in Ballard, CA which was their favorite vacation area. They enjoyed beginning their life together in Whittier, CA and started their family of 5 children.
Dave's first career was in the field of education, first as a classroom teacher for 9 years and then as a curriculum and instruction administrator of various federal and state educational initiatives for 13 years. During that time, he received a Master's Degree in school counseling.
Dave began his second career in the Behavioral Healthcare Industry facilitating drug and alcohol groups as well as domestic violence classes. He wrote curriculum and materials used to influence client change in specific areas of need, including the many facets of substance abuse and treatment. He was motivated by his compassion for the "addict who still suffers."
Dave loved music of various kinds, Stephen Sondheim being his favorite composer/lyricist. He also enjoyed playing piano and singing. He poured his passions into all of his relationships and had a unique joy of life along with very deep thought and reflection. Dave was inspired by his Christian faith in all he did.
David is preceded in death by his mother, Meriam DeMille. He is survived by Shani, his wife of nearly 25 years; children Katriel, Devin, Karys, Kiara, and Kelsey DeMille; Father, Terry DeMille; and Brother, Daniel DeMille.
David will be laid to rest at Rose Hills Memorial Park in a private ceremony by the family.
Thursday, July 23, 2020
9:00 - 10:00am (Pacific time)
White Emerson Mortuary
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