A Life Well-Lived
Dave was born on September 18, 1935, in Richmond, California. He grew up primarily in El Segundo, Ca. Dave’s Father died when Dave was at an early age, and his mom never remarried. As a single mom, she raised Dave and his 3 siblings-Bill, Betty and Steve.
In Dave’s High school years, he enjoyed playing the trombone, as well as playing on the high school football team. He also had a passion for cars-the fast hot -rod type. He participated in many local car racing clubs and won many medals.
Seeking direction and structure, upon graduating from high school, Dave joined the Air Force. Dave was stationed in Germany, focusing on radio communications, which ultimately developed into a passion and career in electronics. He spent 4 years in the service.
Soon thereafter, back in Southern CA. Dave met Claudette “Claudie” Xavier, who quickly became the love of his life. After a brief courtship, Dave and Claudie married in October 1960. With this marriage, Dave enjoyed being a member of Claudie’s lively Portuguese Chinese family with many social gatherings, family milestones events, and introduction to Catholicism. Dave converted to the Catholic Church at this time.
Soon after marrying, Dave and Claudie decided it was time to start a family, and had 3 daughters, Dianne, Pam, and Elaine in the at order, about 3 years apart. In 1970, the family moved to a new home in Mission Viejo, and were the first family on their street to move in. This home became the mainstay for the family for decades to come, with raising their girls, Dave building his career, Claudie’s passion for interior design and gardening, and living together happily as a family. The Weather’s home became the hub as the family grew, as each daughter married and had children.
Dave had a very successful career in Sales in the electronics industry. He was with a large electronics manufacturer, Tektronix, for 27 years and worked his way up to manage the western U.S. Sales Region. Dave took that experience and eventually started his own company, Test Southwest, and had a long and successful run until his retirement in 2018. A key reason for Dave’s success in his career, and life overall, was his desire to help others.
In their senior years, Dave and Claudie continued to enjoy their lives together, Dave loved playing golf, Claudie enjoyed tending to her garden. They both enjoyed visiting with their kids and grandkids along with their life in Mission Viejo.
Sadly, in 2016, after being diagnosed and battling with Parkinson’s Claudie passed away. After some time, Dave developed health issues as well, and decided it was best to move to a Senior Living facility in Rancho Santa Margarita, where he resided until his death.
In 50 + years in Mission Viejo, Dave and Claudie were active parishioners at St. Kilian’s and all 3 daughter’s weddings were at the church. Dave was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and he continued to attend Mass virtually until his final days.
Dave Weathers lived a full and rewarding life. But it is in rewards he gave to others that he will never be forgotten, as a loving husband, Father, “Poppy” to his five grandchildren, and friend to all who crossed his path. He is survived by his daughters; Dianne Stobbe (Don Stobbe), Pam Vanni (Mike Vanni), Elaine Olofsson (Mike Olofsson) and grandchildren; Danielle Stobbe, David Stobbe, Nicholas Vanni, Kris Oloffson and Erik Olofsson.
Funeral Mass will be on February 23, 2024 at 10:30am at St. Kilian Church in Mission Viejo.
David will be interred next to his wife, Claudette, at Ascension Cemetery in Lake Forest.