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David Stolp

Our beloved David Albert Stolp, 77, quietly slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God, at home in El Macero, CA on April 25, 2017.

Captain Stolp was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin to Charles and Agnes Stolp on November 12, 1939. He graduated from Regis Catholic High School in 1957. He played football and earned his degree at St. Norbert Catholic College, Wisconsin. Upon graduation, he was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force as a navigator where he worked in Air Force Intelligence over 20 years. His fondest military memories were the lifelong friendships made while flying B-52's, the F-4 Phantom and the K-C 135. After serving his country, he continued his love of flying as a United Airlines pilot for 31 years.

David's greatest joy in life was his family. He loved so many things; spending time with his friends, cycling, golfing, flying, traveling, crossword puzzles and painting. But being with his family, surrounded by his grandchildren, was what he loved most.

David is survived by the love of his life and wife of 53 years, Vivian (Schara) from Eau Claire, Wisconsin; his three daughters: Kimberly Stolp-Yelle and her children Kristin (23), Jacob (19) and Nathan (15); Lori Stolp and her son, Gabriel DeUlloa (14); Pam McGhee, her husband Ronan and their children Regan (13) and Colin (10); his two brothers, Robert (Lois) and Ken (Barbara), sister Jeanne Thorson (Larry) and sister-in-law Diane; and many special nieces, nephews, and cousins. David is preceded in death by his parents Charles and Agnes, sister Mary Faulkner (Ed), and brothers Charles and Steve (Bits) Stolp.

Celebration of Life and Mass will be held at St. James Catholic Church, 1275 B. Street, Davis, CA on Saturday, May 6 at 2:00 pm. Military Burial held on Monday, May 8, 2017 at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon, CA at 11:30 am. Visitation will be held on May 5, 2017 from 5:30-7:00 pm / Rosary to follow 7:00-8:00 pm at Smith Funeral Home, 116 D. St. Davis, CA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. James Catholic Church, 1275 B. Street Davis, CA 95616. The family wishes to extend their most sincere gratitude and love to their countless family and friends.

Previous Events

Friday, May 5, 2017
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Smith Funeral Home - Davis

116 D Street
Davis, CA 95616

Vigil Service
Friday, May 5, 2017
7:00 PM
Smith Funeral Home - Davis

116 D Street
Davis, CA 95616

Mass of Christian Burial
Saturday, May 6, 2017
2:00 PM
St. James Catholic Church

1275 B Street
Davis, CA 95616

Monday, May 8, 2017
11:30 AM
Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery

5810 Midway Road
Dixon, CA 95620

St. James Catholic Church

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Tribute Store May 4 2017 12:00 AM

To Kim, Lori and Pam and other family members... I enjoyed reading your father's published commentary in the Davis Enterprise over the years and the many positions on various issues he stated and he will be missed. My condolences on your recent loss.

Coleman Randall, Jr May 1 2017 12:00 AM

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