David Lynn TowleFebruary 21, 1937 ~ December 23, 2017 (age 80)
David, beloved San Jose resident since 1956, passed away peacefully at home after battling cancer. He was born in Taft, CA, and when he was 2 years old moved to Fullerton, CA, with his parents Paul A. Towle and Eloise D. Brown. He attended local schools, Fullerton High School and Fullerton Junior College before transferring to San Jose State College, where he played on their water polo team, graduating with a business degree in 1961. David joined the U. S. Naval Reserves in 1954 and served as a reservist for ten years. He started his insurance career in 1963 as an outside agent with California Casualty. In 1968 he opened his own independent agency in San Jose and, over time, also established agencies in Los Altos and Milpitas.
He was recognized by Safeco Insurance Co. for his outstanding services to his clients and was selected to their President’s council, becoming one of their top twenty agents in the United States. He was also one of two members appointed by the California Insurance Commissioner, Chuck Quackenbush, to the State Assigned Risk Governing Board. He continued his San Jose agency until he retired in 2017.
David enjoyed traveling and photographing wildlife. His favorite trips were to Africa, Alaska to photograph the brown bears, Norway and Canada to photograph the polar bears and Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands with their variety of birds and marine life.
He enjoyed all sports, especially college sports and followed the Stanford Cardinal men’s and women’s basketball teams for many years. He continued his interest in water polo and was a team manager of the 1966 National Water Polo Team that traveled throughout Europe for six weeks. In later years, he refereed for local high school and college teams.
He was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity while at San Jose State College. He became active as an alumnus, supporting and becoming a member of their national foundation on which he served for many years.
He was interested in trains, both model and full size. He built a G-scale model railroad in his back yard and served on the Bay area Garden Railroad board of directors, helping to bring the National Garden Railroad convention to Santa Clara three times over a 15-year span. He obtained a restored railroad maintenance vehicle (“speeder”) and joined a club which was permitted to travel on the rails. He logged over 10,000 track miles throughout Canada, Mexico and the Western United States on his speeder.
After traveling in Europe, Australia, Africa and Asia, he wanted to see more of the USA and he and his wife began cruising its many rivers on small cruise ships. He enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere where he had plenty of time to pursue another passion, reading. He enjoyed both fiction and non-fiction and tended to follow his favorite authors reading each new book as soon as it was published.
He will always be remembered by his family and friends as kind, supportive, loving and caring. He is survived by his wife, Luvonne, 2 children, 1 step-daughter, 5 grandchildren and a brother. They are grateful to his many friends who stayed in touch with him throughout his illness, bringing him much joy and peace. A memorial service will be held at Venture Christian Church on February 3 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Guide Dogs for the Blind, 350 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael, CA 94903, or guidedogs.com.
Private interment will be at Los Gatos Memorial Park, the date to be determined.