David Edward Conley was born Jan. 30, 1947, in Bakersfield, Calif., to Samual Edwin and Juanita (Sanford) Conley. He died Saturday, April 6, 2013, in Locust Grove. He was 66- years old.
Conley lived most of his life in the Bakersfield, Calif. area. He attended Standard Elementary and Greeley Junior High School, and graduated Bakersfield High School in 1964. Conley served his country in the United States Army then furthered his education by obtaining his A. A. degree in the field of Fire Science at Bakersfield College. On Dec. 7, 1967, in Las Vegas, NV., David Edward Conley and Deborah Sue Pearson were married. The couple had been married for over 45 years.
He was a firefighter for over 31 years, retiring as a Captain for the Kern County, Calif. Fire Department. Captain Conley served his community well by being involved with the Christmas For All program that assisted up to 5,000 underprivileged children. He also was a part of Burn Survivor Campouts, a member of the Welfare and Benefit Association, and a member of Local 1301 Firefighters Union. He was proud to be a firefighter and enjoyed every day of work. He was honored to have worked with many outstanding people.
He retired and moved to Locust Grove four years ago. He became a member of the First Baptist Church in Locust Grove and was able to spend time fishing. He had a passion for his show car and airplanes. He was a caring person that would do anything to help others and he always loved a good joke.
Conley is survived by: best friend and loving wife Debbie “Puppy Sue” Conley, of the home; one son: David Edward Conley II of Tulsa; one brother: Stephen Edwin Conley of Pryor; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Sam and Juanita Conley.
The family ask that memorial donations be made to Mayes County Hospice by calling (918) 824-7744.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in Locust Grove. Pastor Mark Hester and Rev. Rick Harms will officiate. Graveside honors will be conducted by the Tulsa Fire Department Honor Guard. Interment will follow at Hogan Cemetery in Locust Grove. Services have been entrusted to the Locust Grove Funeral Home.
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