David “Dave” Mark McNeil passed away peacefully on August 15, 2022, at UC Davis Medical Center with his daughter, son-in-law, and sisters by his side, due to complications of a recent diagnosis of advanced prostate cancer. He was 66.
Dave was born to Lester and Faye McNeil in Woodland, California on September 13, 1955. He was the youngest, with two older sisters.
Dave remained in Davis for his entire life. Growing up, he worked for his parents in their business, McNeil’s Floor Covering & Drapery Shop. Years after the business sold, Dave decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and started doing floors again out of his home office, and added property management shortly thereafter.
In 1993, Dave and his former spouse, Terri McNeil, gave birth to their daughter Emma McNeil Kett. Dave always described that summer day as the best day of his life, with the second-best day being Emma’s wedding this past April. For the last 10 years, Dave and Emma devoted a weekend every fall to The Walk to End Alzheimer’s in San Francisco, raising over a thousand dollars every year in honor of Dave’s parents.
Dave was incredibly passionate about his businesses. He excelled in ensuring every customer was completely satisfied and took great pride in his work. When he wasn’t working, Dave enjoyed watching his great-nieces and great-nephew’s sports games, and visiting with his daughter, son-in-law, and their 2 fur children. He also was a huge jokester and was the instigator of the annual Christmas morning Nerf gun battle with family. Dave enjoyed having an attention grabber to run errands in Davis, starting with a street-legal green Dune Buggy, followed by a replica Shelby Cobra, and most recently, a ‘91 Jeep Wrangler.
Dave was a giving, caring, and selfless soul. Smart and a perfectionist, almost to a fault, Dave was very precise and most would describe him occasionally as stubborn. He was a people pleaser and his laugh will never be forgotten.
Dave was preceded in death by his beloved parents and nephew, Bobby Jones. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Emma McNeil Kett and Shaun Kett of Dixon; sister Anne Jones and her husband Paul Jones of Davis, their daughter Susan Jones and her children Ben Eckels, Josh Bernhardt, and Catherine Bernhardt, and their son Tommy Jones, his wife Jamie Jones and their children Lizzy and Emilee Jones; and sister Ellen McNeil and her husband Jim Wiltens of Redwood City, and their son Griffin.
A celebration of life reception will be held at the Wildhorse Golf Club, 2323 Rockwell Drive, Davis, California on Monday, October 17, 2022, 4-7pm.