David Allen Westcott

Tawas City, Michigan
December 24, 1937 - March 20, 2020

Service Location

Holy Family Catholic Church


Cremation has taken place and a funeral mass with military honors will take place at Holy Family Catholic Church in East Tawas at a later date to be announced soon

Obituary Notice

Westcott, David Allen

David Westcott, known to his friends as “Dave” passed away March 20, 2020 at the age of 82 years.
He was born in Tawas City to Charles and Rose Westcott and was raised in Wyandotte, MI. In 1953, Dave began his career with United States Air Force as a Military Police at the age of 16. His first 9.5 years were as a security police supervisor and the last 10 years in the command control field. His tours consisted of 4 years at Westover, Chicopee Massachusetts where he met and married the love of his life, Gloria (Cote). His following stations were; 3 years Swindon England; Wurtsmith AFB in Michigan; 1 year Vietnam; another year at Westover AFB, Mass., Grissom AFB, Indiana, and 18 months in Turkey. He finished his tour as Master Sergeant in the Third Airborne Command Control Squadron, SAC. His office being onboard the EC-Airborne Command Post airplane. Dave was awarded a Bronze Star for going above and beyond the call of duty for his time spent in Vietnam.
Retirement didn’t end there, after returning home, he graduated from Tawas Area High School then became a very active part of the community. He managed Forward’s Radio Shack, served 1 term as Mayor of Tawas City and volunteered on the fire department. He then spent another 11 years as the Transportation Director for the Tawas Area Schools, all awhile an active member and minister at Immaculate Heart of Mary and Holy Family Catholic Church where he took care of the cemeteries and became a 4th Degree Father Neuman Assembly with the Knights of Columbus. Dave was an Elk member and worked part time at Jacques and Kobs Funeral Home.
Dave is survived by his wife Gloria of 64 years, his 4 daughters: Jean Murphy (James), Judith Dygert (James), Ann Lauwers (Gerald) and Patricia Brown (Rick), 15 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
A celebration of Dave’s life will be held later this summer when everyone is allowed to attend. An online guest registry is available to leave a message of condolence and love for Dave's family at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.


Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery


I enjoyed working with Dave when was Director of Trasportation at TAHS. He was a straight shooter, a very nice and friendly guy and totally dependable. I was not aware of his Air Force connection, but that Bronze Star from Vietnam says a lot!

Men like him are hard to find! Tawas Area communities lost a good man with his passing!

John Alexander
— Jøhn A. Alexander
Gloria and family. So very sorry for your loss. You know that we are keeping you in our prayers and hope to give you some hugs real soon.
— Dave & Marcia
I will miss my Father-in-Law. He was a good father, good Christian, and loved to help others. His compassion for his community knew no bounds. He’s playing golf on the Heavenly eighteen! See ya, Dad. Jim
— James W. Murphy, MSgt, USAF, Ret
Gloria and Family, We are thinking of you at this time. We know Dave will be greatly missed. I will always remember his huge hugs. Love Dale & Janet and Families
— Janet Westcott
So so so sorry to hear the news of Dave's passing.. such a talented and great person. He will be greatly missed and forever live in our hearts.. God bless.. hugs.
— Nicole Hanson
Prayers for Gloria and all the family. I had the pleasure and honor to work next to Dave at TAHS when he was the bus transportation director. We struck up a long friendship that I treasure. He taught me a lot.
— Mike McCarley
So sorry Gloria. Just a wonderful man & so good to all of us at Holy Family.
— Laure Smith
Dear Gloria and family. I am so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. He was such a great guy! Both of you made me feel so welcome when I first joined Immaculate Heart and the choir. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.
— LuAnn Tuttle
My sincerest condolences to your whole family. Please know of my prayers.
— Deanne Dickson
So sorry for your loss. prayers for all the family. rest in peace Dave
— janet coyer
So sorry Sis, I’ll talk to you latter, I know you can’t talk now.
— Donald Cote
Gloria, so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you and all your family.
— Mary Doak
What a great man he was. Love and prayers to Gloria and the whole family. He will definitely be missed.
— Susan Bluck
God bless you and the entire family. Dave will be greatly missed by many.
— Tim St. Aubin
So sorry to hear of Dave's passing. Have missed him the last couple of years when he quit golfing on Wednesday night. Prayers and thoughts are with you Gloria and family. RIP Dave.
— June Scott
Rest in Peace old friend. We all have lost a wonderful guy. Our condolences to Gloria, the girls and their families. You are in our prayers.
Bob and Ann
— Robert Pawloski
Gloria I am so sorry for your loss. Dave was a great man and I loved how happy he was every time we saw him at church. Love and prayers for you.
— Tara Schreiber
So sorry for your loss. I was happy to be reunited with him at Aunt Mary’s memorial.
— JoAnne Trussell
My sincere condolences to you Aunt Gloria and to the whole family. I always will remember all of the laughter when Uncle Dave was around. He was always smiling and ready with a kind word. My prayers and thoughts are with you Aunt Gloria.
— Lynne Reinke (Westcott)
So sorry for your loss Gloria he was my cousin and brother in-law Dave say hello to Aunt Rose
— Harry & Deb Lorenz
Sorry to hear about Dave's passing. We are indebted to him for his service to his country. Thinking of you always. Love you.
— James R. Dickinson, SFC, US Army, Ret and Denise M. (Cote) Dickinson
Gloria, we are truly sorry for your loss. Rest assured Dave is in God's loving hands. We will miss his happy smile whenever we saw him.
— Mike and Patty Greenen
Gloria and family, Our condolences to tou and the family. Dave was a good friend. Sunday breakfast and Monday hamburger nite won't be the same, he will be missed by all. God bless you.
— The Breakfast Club, Ron, Sharon, Dale and Kay
Gloria & family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. God be with you. Cheryl & Dennis Frank
— Cheryl Frank
Gloria, so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. I really enjoyed our lunches. I'll always remember him kidding around. May God be with you and your family in your grief. God bless.
— Sharren Engle
Heaven has a good man to organize things now. Loved Dave and his humor. A great horseshoe partner and Champion. You will surely be missed.
— tommy Lee
Gloria, we are so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. We will miss his smile at church. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. God bless you. Steve and Eva Finley
— Steve and Eva Finley
Dear Gloria,
God bless you and your family in the loss of Dave. He will be greatly missed by all of us at Holy Family and the Tawas Community.
— Butch and cbbabcock39@gmail.com
Gloria and Family, We are so sorry for you loss. We remember the wonderful times working together on projects at IHM. His smile on Sundays at Holy Family and the Friday Fish Fry will be so missed. Our prayers and thoughts go out to you. Love Norm and Marian.
— Norm and Marian

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