David C. Weir
November 04, 1963 - May 01, 2017
David C. Weir
November 04, 1963 - May 01, 2017
Lieutenant Colonel David C. Weir, USMC, Ret., 53, of Ladera Ranch, passed away peacefully on May 1, 2017. Those who knew and loved David will forever remember him as a man who shared unyielding kindness, unconditional generosity, wisdom, and humor with those around him; his infectious personality and jovial demeanor truly made this world a brighter place.
David showed exemplary character and drive from a young age. A graduate of Archmere Academy in Delaware, he was selected three times as All-State/All Catholic in soccer. These achievements, paired with his lifelong dream of being a pilot, led David to the United States Naval Academy. There, he made his mark as an All-American soccer athlete, and he lettered in Varsity soccer all four years before his graduation in 1986.
Following graduation, LtCol Weir began his career as a distinguished officer in the United States Marine Corps. He was designated an Aviator in 1988. Upon completion of transition training on the CH-46 Assault Helicopter, he joined HMM-268 “Red Dragons.” During his 6-year tour he was deployed twice; first to Desert Shield/Desert Storm and again to Somalia in Operation Restore Hope.
LtCol Weir then served as the “aide de camp” to the Commanding General of the Marine Aircraft Wing. Upon completion of his aide tour, he was selected as an exchange officer to Her Majesty’s Royal Commando Squadrons, during which he deployed to Bosnia commanding 845 squadron in support of peacekeeping efforts. He left the active service in 1999 and served in the Marine Reserves for nine years. In 2007-2008 he became an active reservist and was deployed to Afghanistan.
By the end of his career, LtCol Weir was a graduate of the Weapons Tactics Instructor School and held every flight leadership/instructor qualification available to a Marine helicopter pilot. He was awarded 14 Air Medals from three separate war zones, the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, and the Navy Marine Corps Medal with three gold stars. He was a decorated war veteran with medals from three different war zones.
In addition to his Marine Corps career, LtCol Weir served in several sales executive positions with Sprint Corporation in their Strategic Marketing segment. Recently, he was the Air Encroachment and Sustainment Manager MCIWEST-MCB Camp Pendleton.
Not only was LtCol Weir an outstanding Marine, but he was also a loving husband, stepfather, son, brother, uncle and friend. Recently married, he was most proud of his transition of becoming a family man. David was a AYSO coach for his younger step daughter’s soccer team, and he was a constant source of encouragement to his older stepdaughter who is currently attending West Point.
David loved traveling, cooking, and spending quality time with friends and family members. In his lifetime he traveled to nearly three dozen countries and was always ready to share stories about his adventures. He was also a member of the Portola Riders Club for many years, a group in the San Juan Capistrano area that raises funds to preserve historic landmarks. He loved adventure, and he continually sought out ways to live his life fully and vibrantly.
He is lovingly survived by his wife Leisa; step-daughters Madyson Paul and Lily Kline; his parents Donald and Barbara; brothers Gary, Brian (daughter Brianna), Michael (wife Cheryl, children Andrew and Olivia), Daniel (wife Carole, children Owen and Adam) and Christopher (wife Amy, children; Sadie, Finn and Charlie) as well as his aunts and uncles, cousins and countless friends.
The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses of Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. In lieu of flowers, his wife requests donations to https://semperfifund.org/.
6 responses to David C. Weir
Dawn Walker says:
May 11, 2017
Leisa -I remember meeting David at NFR when he was “pursuing” you. So happy you had the time together with him. He did have a great sense of humor and was a Gentleman through and through. Prayers to you and all the family.
Dawn Walker and Dean Leas
John Stephano says:
May 12, 2017
David and I attended Archmere Academy together as part of the Class of 1982. Dave was very well-liked, excelled at sports, and was always quick to light up the room with his humor. He lived his life with honor and dignity and he will not be forgotten. John V. Stephano
Kathy (Bradley '81) Houghton says:
May 18, 2017
Dave and I share many memories at Archmere Academy. We tooled around in his Volkswagen bug, hung out with friends and had great times at many dances. We reached out to each other through the years to get updates on where life has taken us. He seemed to always be on top of the world, getting the most out of his life. This is a trait that I will always remember and try to emulate. He is in my heart always and I will truly miss my friend.
Harry Hughes says:
September 12, 2017
Dave & I played soccer at the Naval Academy. He was one of the funnest guys to be around and mess with because he always had something funny up his sleeve waiting for the right moment. Five Angels Shipmate! Your light will be missed down here, save room at the banquet for your Navy/Marine brothers. Peace to the family and grieving.
Harry Hughes USNA ’86 443-842-3499
Joe Gee says:
May 17, 2019
RIP “WEIRDO”. Will always remember your days on the Junglie Sea Kings. Semper Fi.