November 6, 1945 - May 6, 2018
David Fredrick Hewes passed away surrounded by family on May 6, 2018, in Plano, Texas after a long and brave battle. He was born in Quincy, Massachusetts on November 6, 1945.
David is survived by his wife Genie, his daughter, son-in-law, and grandchild Jenifer, Chris and Evan Rife of Burbank, California and his son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren Todd Hewes, Nicola Hobeiche, and Gabrielle and Coco Hewes. He is also survived by a step-son and family Britt, Whittney, Haley, and Blake Lyon; step-daughter and family Paige, Greg, Katie, and Mary Ashley Holmes; as well as step great-grandchild Arctica (who was born on the same day David passed away).
While his early years were spent in New England, David and his parents eventually made their way to Dallas, Texas. He spent much of his time exploring through northwest Dallas and the Inwood Shopping Center. He would fondly recall Stanley at Goff’s Burgers yelling at anyone who took too long to order their food.
While in school, David found a love of sports. He played some baseball, but his true passion was on the basketball court. The countless hours on the court culminated in 1962 when David and the rest of his teammates on the Thomas Jefferson High School basketball team won the state championship game. In fact, David made the last shot in the game which gave the Rebels the record for the highest scoring championship game to that time.
After graduating from TJHS in 1963, David attended Texas Tech University. While there, he had a short stint on the Red Raider basketball team. He also spent much of his time with his fraternity brothers in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He used to tell his kids that these hours were dedicated to “community service, homework, and a deep discussion about worldly politics.” We still don’t buy it. David received his degree in Business Administration from Tech.
In addition, David caught the eye of a young Patricia Evans at the Kappa Alpha Theta house while in Lubbock. The two were married in 1969. They moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, where their daughter Jenifer was born in 1972. David’s job with American Can Company kept him moving. In 1975, David and Tricia welcomed their son Todd in Edina, Minnesota.
There were brief stays in Bolingbrook, Illinois; Plano, Texas; and Oak Ridge, NJ. David and Tricia then realized that they needed to find somewhere to plant some roots and allow the kids to settle down. They decided to move back to Plano, Texas in 1979.
David was the photographer of the family (which makes finding photos of him a little more challenging), and would always have rolls of film to develop after a weekend of Indian Princesses, a Cub Scout campout, or just the kids with their friends over for a dip in the swimming pool.
Although he was not comfortable going down a black diamond, David grew to love snow skiing. The family bought a condo in Angel Fire, NM where they would often spend time over spring break, as well as time in the summer for tennis, horseback riding, and fishing. As the kids grew up, David did his part by playing chauffeur to many middle and high school band events. The folks at the stadium would even allow him up into the booth to take pictures of the band during their halftime shows.
During this time, David worked at Fannie Mae. He would spend much of his time working with outside real estate agents to sell various residential properties. Over his many years at Fannie Mae, he grew close to those around him, which made his decision to take early retirement that much more difficult. He never complained about missing the work, but was sorry not to get to see so many of his friends on a daily basis.
Ultimately, after the kids were off to college, David and Tricia divorced in 1996.
As David returned to the dating pool, he reached out to Genie Ross Lyon, who he had known since high school. Genie was an easy sell for David to his two kids as they had seen her cheery smile and happy disposition every six months as she worked for Dr. Redington, the family’s dentist.
David and Genie were married in 2006 on bustling Mackinac Island, MI (population 492), which had been one of Genie’s favorite vacation destinations. They then settled into a home in Plano, Texas while taking time to visit kids and grandchildren in California and Alaska. They also often spent time with the kids and grandkids who lived closer to home. David always enjoyed the phone and video calls from his grandson Evan, as well as Evan’s annual summer trips to Dallas. He also enjoyed attending Coco’s dance classes and recitals, as well as Gabrielle’s soccer games and guitar concerts. Whether David and Genie were in town or taking a trip down to the Hill Country, they often found themselves rummaging through old antique shops to see what treasures they could uncover.
In addition to their time with family, David and Genie were fortunate enough to have remained in contact with many of their friends from Thomas Jefferson HS. The group would meet monthly at Tupinamba’s for good food and even better conversations. In addition to the “Tupy’s” gang, David and Genie also enjoyed hanging out with their “Peeps.”
Through the years, David spent much of his time reading. He could work his way through a stack of books faster than most people could flip through a magazine. In order to maintain his habit without filling up the house or filing for bankruptcy, David and Genie would often spend time with their friends Betty and Barney Milner (no, not Rubble). Barney and David would exchange books they had finished since they not only shared a love of reading but also many of the same authors and topics.
As most of his friends were aware, David battled over the past several years with breathing and heart issues. Although they greatly impacted his day to day life, he still did his best to make the most of what he had. In the end, complications from these problems simply proved too much to overcome. In addition to David’s strong fight, Genie was with him every inch of the way. She happily dove into her role as nurse, therapist, cook, maid, friend, and wife.
David was never one for the spotlight, either in life or in death. As such, he had no desire for a funeral in which he had to pull people away from their busy lives just to make him the center of attention. Instead, he preferred for those who would like, to enjoy a nice cold beer, possibly while listening to the Beach Boys (and maybe even in a tasteful Hawaiian shirt). If you would like to join the family in celebrating his life, please leave a condolence on this webpage so the family can send you and invitation.
To lose David at 72 was too soon. Our hearts are sad at the loss, and at the same time joyful that he is no longer tired with every breath. He was loved and will be greatly missed.
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
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