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David Emil Sabre

October 16, 1933 December 27, 2018
David Emil Sabre
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David Emil Sabre

October 16, 1933 - December 27, 2018

Celebrating the life of David Emil Sabre; David was born on October 16th 1933 in Aurora, Illinois and passed on December 27th 2018 surrounded by his family at their home in Spring, Texas.

David graduated from Downers Grove High School in 1951 and from the University of Illinois in 1955 with a degree in Agriculture. He faithfully served his country as an officer and helicopter pilot in the United States Navy for 6 years. Among his multiple deployments, he participated in the International Geophysical Year transporting equipment and scientists to complete their scientific research in Antarctica. Additionally, he was one of the original eight Navy helicopter pilots at the Pacific Missile Range at Kauai, Hawaii where he was one of the pioneers developing the techniques used in the recovery of astronauts and capsules in the early days of the United States Space Program.

After serving in the U.S. Navy, David worked as a bush pilot and federal investigator before establishing a cattle ranch in Southwest Missouri with his father Emil. Later, he retired to Tucson, Arizona and then Spring, Texas.  

David is preceded in death by his father Emil Sirp and his mother Marie Sirp. He is survived by his wife, Linda, his two sons Daniel and Darin, sister Andrea, grandchildren Kristin, Steven, Kathryn, Katelyn, Samantha, Anna, and great grandchildren Trenton, Kahlia, and Jack.

His true loves were flying and his family.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held in Spring, Texas, date yet to be determined. Ashes will be interred at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl Crater in Honolulu, Hawaii. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked to make a donation to the American Cancer Society or to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in his memory.

https://www.cancer.org/ or https://www.dav.org/


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American Cancer Society

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked to make a donation to the American Cancer Society or to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in his memory. https://www.cancer.org/ or https://www.dav.org/

Disabled American Veterans

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked to make a donation to the American Cancer Society or to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in his memory. https://www.cancer.org/ or https://www.dav.org/
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