David M. West Army Officer, Intelligence Analyst
David M. West, 62, a retired Army Major who also was a civilian intelligence analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency, died July 25, 2003, on his boat docked at a marina in Rose Haven after a heart attack.
Major West, a Fairfax resident, was born in Anoka, Minnesota, and raised in Vancouver, Washington. He was a graduate of the University of Puget Sound.
He entered the Army in 1963 and served in Vietnam during the war there. His other overseas assignments, most of which were with the Defense Communication Agency, took him to Germany, Turkey, Spain, Thailand and Bosnia.
Major West was a desk officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency when he retired from active military duty in 1985. He worked there as a civilian for the past 18 years, most recently as chief defense source registry officer.
Major West was an active member of the Host Lions Club in Fairfax, serving as president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. In 2000, he was given the Melvin Jones Fellow Award, the Lions Club's highest honor for exceptional leadership.
He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Retired Officers Association and the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Sherri West of Fairfax; a son, Randal West of Miramar, Florida, and a daughter, Tonia Parker of Springfield; two brothers; a sister; and five grandchildren.
WEST, DAVID M., MAJOR USAR (Ret.)
Died suddenly of a heart attack at his boat on Friday, July 25, 2003 in Friendship, Maryland.
Beloved husband of Sherri West; father of Randal West (Deirdre) and Tonia Parker (Paul); brother of Rev. Michael F. West, MeriLind Priest, Jeffrey West and the late Jack West and Geri West; grandfather of Kaitlyne, Tessa and Gillian Parker and Zachary and Joshua West.
Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, September 10 at 11 a.m. at The Fort Myer Old Post Chapel. Interment Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. Reception follows. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Fairfax Host Lions Club, PO Box 98, Fairfax, VA 22030.
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