David Glendening

David Lynn Glendening

June 29, 1927 – May 23, 2018


Dave passed away peacefully at his home in Novato on May 23, 2018, with family at his side. He was born on June 29, 1927, in Alpena, Michigan to John and Florence (Rupp) Glendening. When he was two years old, the family moved to Gunnison, Colorado, where Dave acquired his life-long love for the mountains and the outdoors. When Dave’s father retired from the US Forest Service in 1943, they relocated to Mill Valley. Upon graduation from Tamalpais High School in 1945, Dave enlisted in the Army and was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington for two years.  After his honorable discharge, he attended College of Marin and UC Berkeley, earning a degree in civil engineering. Dave began his career with Marin Municipal Water District, and spent the rest of his career working with engineering firms in San Francisco and Marin until his retirement in 1992. Upon retirement, he set up a home office and enjoyed consulting for many more years.

On a blind date in 1948, Dave met Mary Joan Kilkenny. They married three years later, settling in Novato, where they raised their family. He is survived by his nine children (“What a group!” he often proclaimed): Jim (Sally), Mary Cay, Tom, John (Carolyn), Joan, Claire (Dave Mesagno), Susan (Russel Shearer), Margaret (Paul Pospisil), and Paul; and eight grandchildren: Daniel (Emily) and Patrick Glendening, Ian Heibel and Lara Glendening, Melanie and Nick Mesagno, Alexander Shearer, and Fiona Glendening. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Mary, in 2009, and by his siblings: Mary Beth, Margaret (Price), William, and Helen.

Dave was an avid reader and was never without a book or, more recently, his Kindle. He received his pilot’s license in the mid-1960s and loved flying small planes around California for work and pleasure. He also loved skiing, taking frequent trips to Tahoe with family and friends to enjoy the slopes. And of course…Go Giants! A loving husband, father and grandfather, Dave always went out of his way to help his family with tasks both big and small. He will be greatly missed.

Dave’s family would like to thank the staff from Hospice by the Bay; the Gentle Care caregivers; and the staff and his friends at Deer Park Retirement Community. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dave’s memory to Hospice by the Bay, or Friends of Marin County Free Library. Arrangements were provided by Valley Memorial Park in Novato, CA.