September 8, 1948 - December 29, 2019 David Matteson Meech passed away in Raleigh, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, from complications from dementia. He was born Sept. 8, 1948, in Adrian, Mich., to Paul C. and Eleanor M. (Mattie) Meech. The family relocated to Statesville a few years later when Paul began working for Kewaunee Scientific Corporation. David graduated from Statesville High School in 1966. He was a member of the tennis team, was an expert marksman in the rifle club, and was an avid swimmer and skier. He was an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. He attended and graduated from Wake Forest University in 1970 with a degree in English and subsequently received his master's degree from the University of South Carolina School of International Business in 1972. He was a member of the U.S. Army Signal Corps (USASC) and was stationed in Karlsruhe, Germany, after graduating from USC. David spent most of his career working as a computer programmer for American Airlines after fulfilling his military obligations. He lived and worked primarily in Denver, Colo., where he loved to take advantage of the beautiful outdoor life in Colorado especially snow skiing and hiking. He continued his work as a programmer for several years in Dallas, Texas. He retired to the mountains of Asheville, in 2005, where he continued to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle he had pursued in Denver. He spent the last five years living around his family in Raleigh and Apex. David is survived by his brother Paul Jr. (Carol Sue) of Athens, Ga.; and brother, Mark (Debbie) of Apex, and their six children, Heather of Raleigh, Melissa (Jeremiah and four children, Allison, Caleb, Olivia and Evan) of Holly Springs, Jessica (Alec and three sons, Luke, Logan and Liam) of Holly Springs, April (Chris) of Raleigh, Kelsey of Holly Springs, and Scott of Apex. David was a devoted son, great brother, and a wonderful uncle to his five nieces and one nephew. He brought them much joy, attended their graduations and weddings and birthday parties, and could always be counted on to take them on frequent trips to Starbucks, his favorite drinking establishment. Memories of hilarious billiards playing sessions with Uncle Dave will always be treasured by the children. His guided tours of Lake Norman in the family Boston Whaler will not be forgotten. The family will have a private burial service for Dave at Oakwood Cemetery. His cremated ashes will be located next to his parents. Donations should be made to the Dementia Society of America or to the charity of one's choice.
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