DAVID ROBERT McKOVICH
November 30, 1946 – September 1, 2014
David Robert McKovich passed away at home unexpectedly, but peacefully on September 1, 2014 at the age of 67. He was born November 30, 1946 in Celina, Ohio, the oldest son of Joe and Arlene McKovich. Dave had a younger brother, Richard and the family moved to California when he was very young. Dave attended Downey High School and graduated in 1964 and once he became eligible, was drafted by the Army. He served a tour in Vietnam as a clerk/typist where he was awarded the National Defense Service medal and Bronze Star. After receiving his discharge papers in 1968, Dave enrolled at El Camino College and earned his Associates degree in Accounting.
After college, Dave married his first wife and they had two sons. They divorced shortly after their second son, Greg was born in 1974.
Dave began work with mainframe computers in late 60s and early 70s and later became a computer programmer for Certified Grocers, of Monterrey Park. While working as a computer contract programmer for Global Data Systems, he teamed up with Roger Hollenbeck, who was Vice President of Marketing and Sales to form their own company, Excel Data Systems in November 1983, based out of Orange, CA. As partner and Vice President, Dave handled programming application systems for their biggest client, Disneyland and sold and installed hardware products. It was an exciting and rapidly transitional time with the emergence of personal computers as Dave enthusiastically introduced the terms “worldwide web” and “internet” to family and friends.
Dave moved to Mission Viejo in 1987 and left Excel in 1989. He met and married his second wife, Michelle Fritz on September 9, 1989 and their daughter Kelsey was born on October 10, 1992. During this time Dave worked as an independent contractor before joining Office Mate. The company was later bought out by VSP, headquartered in Sacramento, and operating an office out of Irvine. Dave handled software programs for important medical clients at VSP and was highly valued as an integral company employee by his co-workers and corporate.
Dave and Michelle were popular members of a weekly bowling league at Forest Lanes and he received great fanfare for a perfect 300 game he rolled 10 days before his 54th birthday. A dedicated and faithful family man, he treasured the time with his wife and daughter. Michelle is an avid Angels’ fan and Dave often accompanied her and his daughter to games. The family recently took a memorable trip to Hawaii to celebrate Kelsey’s graduation from Arizona State. Dave also enjoyed cooking and grilling, house remodeling projects and automotive work.
Dave is survived by his wife, Michelle and daughter Kelsey of Rancho Santa Margarita, son Greg of Lake Forest, and his brother, Richard, of Missouri.