David Lee Wall
27 Feb 1947 - 06 Jun 2021
Boots in Squares
Dave had symptoms of 'something' several years ago, which turned out to be myasthenia gravis. He was still dancing though until at least a couple of months before COVID19 hit. In the past year, that disease started its ravaging progression, but even worse was dementia, which I think was diagnosed as Lewy Body Dementia. His niece posted updates on her page, but tagged Dave, so we were able to see him. He had been in a long-term care facility for a number of months, and had quite the beard and shaggy hair more recently, but was bed bound, of course.
Dave in happier times was a very enthusiastic square dancer and a country western dancer. Not a tall or heavy person, he was a great follow in c/w. Richard Gamache and he had become quite close friends in the past few years, and I believe they were a couple for quite a while. Richard was/is also a square dancer and social dancer.
Unknown at this point of memorial or celebration of life.
— Bill Eyler
David Lee Wall passed away on June 6, 2021.
Born in Illinois February 27, 1947, but raised along California's central coast. He put himself through college at California State University of San Jose. His major there was art and some of his work still hangs at the university. He could have proceeded with his art but chose instead to work as an elementary school teacher for the Cupertino Unified School District. The children under his tutelage excelled in every area and parents all wanted their children to be in his class.
After he retired, David and his husband, Ronald Caldwell (predeceased), built their home in Rancho Mirage. From this base they participated in many community activities. David was an avid member of Boots and Squares, was a fine western dancer, member the Great Autos of Yesteryear- Palm Springs Chapter, and supporter of the gay rodeo. He also supported the cancer survivors' group.
His parents and siblings all predeceased him. He is survived by nieces Tammy Pigao, Lori Sherman, and Liza Mendez, and by nephews, Doug Boyington, and Tim Holtzclaw. Cliff Matayasik the nephew of Ron Caldwell also mourns the loss of his "uncle" David.
A gathering to remember his life will take place on July 25th at 2 pm at Trunks Bar, 36737 Cathedral Canyon Dr, Cathedral City, CA 92234 his favorite dancing location.
- Desert Sun (Palm Springs, CA), 14 Jul 2021