The Man with a Big Heart …lover of family, friends, and animals.
David Lee Duckart, was born to the late Clarence & Emily Duckart, on March 2, 1944, in Modesto, California.
His mother passed away when he was 18 years old, shortly after she had remarried Milt Gordon. David’s father fostered his son’s love for riding Indian Motorcycles and later remarried Carolyn Duckart. David spent a considerable amount of time with his step-dad, Milt who nurtured, cared, and loved him like his own son. Milt would spend countless hours with David taking him camping and racing their homing pigeons.
David had a brilliant mind, graduating with honors from Modesto High School in 1962 and was awarded an academic scholarship to attend the University of San Francisco where he pursued his love for numbers to become an accountant, or at least that’s what he told his First wife, Gayle.
David married Gayle Molkenbuhr in 1971 and settled in San Francisco. Not wanting to wear a suit and tie or work as an accountant, David bought a deli in SF called, “Diamond Heights Delicatessen,” which was where his love of “the game” flourished!
In 1973, David and Gayle became the proud parents of Allison Duckart. David and Gayle divorced but stayed the best of friends speaking weekly, even to the end, while raising their daughter Allison in a supportive and loving manner.
David would later marry Louise Gard but the union dissolved in the early-‘90s. In 1944, David met his companion, Vivienne Parker whom he shared his life until his passing. David and Vivienne traveled the world with trips to Europe, Mexico, and parts of America. They both enjoyed fine dining, entertainment, and the company of their friends and family.
David enjoyed being with his family & friends, watching the stock market, sports, horse racing, and “the game.” With his “beautiful mind,” David would study horse racing odds at the age of 16. He ran away from home and went to Catalina Island where he bet on the horses until he ran out of money. He called his stepfather, Milt who drove to pick him up, at which time David said, “Milt… we can sell some blood to get some cash because this horse is a sure bet!”
David is survived by his daughter Allison Jacklin, grandchildren Olivia and John, his companion, Vivienne Parker, his brother Doug Duckart, sister-in-law, Charlene Duckart, his niece Heather and his great-nieces, Payton and Stella, his step-sister Judy Quattrin, uncle Art, cousin Kathy, and an extensive number of loved family members. David will be dearly missed by his two cats, Tom and Jerry, his family, friends, his best friends Bruce, Kathy, Vic, and many others.
Rest in peace, Papa David – we will miss YOU!
Forever, the big man with a big heart!
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