October 14, 1942 - August 2, 2014
Our beloved father, friend and soul mate, David “Mac” McMahan 10.14.42, left us for the serenity of Heaven on 08.02.14. Just before the stroke that commenced what would be the last hours of his vibrant life, he was doing what he did best: laughing and making everyone around him laugh. His daughters Lisa and Joanna, and fiancé Jana, were by his side blessed with the chance to hold his hand throughout his courageous journey to the next phase of everlasting life.
Born and raised in Garland, TX, David was a boy with an imagination as big as the state. He looked for adventure at every turn and had a knack for finding it, or creating it. Little did he know that an adventure greater than any he could dream of awaited him.
On the afternoon of 11.22.63, David witnessed the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. From where he stood on the “grassy knoll”, he could see every detail of the shattering event. He helped form the gauntlet that allowed the police to get Oswald from the depository to the squad cars. And at the time he also happened to be working for Jack Ruby. David was even able to visit the jail while Ruby awaited trial. His last visit to the book depository was as recent as this May, when he took a dear family friend to see the museum and get the full story of that fateful day.
Even more adventures would come in the forms of marriage, children, ski trips, fly-fishing trips, escapades with friends, building a life with Jana, and his work in real estate development. Everything David did, he did with gusto and passion. And his perseverance and vision for Southlake, TX, is hugely responsible for the success and beauty of the city today. In fact, his influence can be seen at every turn. In addition to his tireless work, David dedicated his time to joyfully supporting both his daughters’ endeavors in the community and school. He didn’t miss a game when Lisa was the Dragon mascot, and he didn’t miss a game when Joanna was playing basketball for the Lady Dragons – both at Carroll High School.
He touched the lives of so many and will forever be remembered for his boyish wonder and exuberance, his compassionate heart, and his love of life and God. He knew he was blessed with many wonderful, deep friendships and his wish was that you all know how much he loved and adored you. Rest in sweet peace, David. Thank you for all that you were, and all that you inspired.
THE LOVING FAMILY that mourns the loss, but celebrates his life includes:Daughters Lisa McMahan and Joanna McMahan Blalock, and their mother Melinda McMahan Son-in-law Todd Blalock Granddaughter Maddie Blalock Fiancé Jana Petersen Murphy Jana’s children Jack Petersen, Tori Petersen and Scott Peterson Brother Richard McMahan Sister-in-law Jan McMahan Nieces Pam Devoe and Jennifer Carr
A CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE will be held for David this Friday, August 8th, at the Hilton in Southlake Town Square, at 4:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, his family asks that we honor his exuberance and love of children with donations made in his name to the Make a Wish Foundation.
Arrangements are under the direction of:ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home 10116 E. NW Highway Dallas, Texas 75238 214.340.8008
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