Obituary of David Taylor Lenox III
David Taylor Lenox III of Tucson, AZ passed away on December 6, 2023 surrounded by his loved ones after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
David is a Veteran Marine of the Vietnam War, where he earned several decorations and medals during his 4-year term, including the Scout Sniper designation and Presidential Unit Citation, a prestigious award presented to a military unit of the U.S. Armed Forces that demonstrated extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy.
Dave was born in Waynesville, MO to David T Lenox III and Arlene E King May 3, 1948. Dave is survived by his sister: Carol Lenox Shults, three children: Sheri Schneider, Megan Logan, and Lincoln Lenox, five grandchildren: Brittney Schneider, Ashley Fernandez, Lucy Lenox, Selena Lenox, and Brycen Logan, along with six great grandchildren.
Dave moved to Arizona as a teenager and graduated from Amphitheater in Tucson in 1966 before enlisting in the Marine Corps. Upon returning in 1970, he continued his service career by joining the Tucson Fire Department. During his 20 years with TFD, he worked many positions including firefighter, inspector, trainer/educator, and achieved Fire Captain before retiring in 1992. He wouldn't stay retired long before starting the role of Emergency Coordinator of Homeland Security with the Pima County Office of Emergency Management. This is where Dave would work for over 20 years doing what he loved and training others before retiring sooner than expected due to his diagnosis with Parkinson’s.
Dave was also a 40-year active member of the Lions Club, elected District Governor of AZ 21B, and was a Melvin Jones Fellow. He, and his then wife Noranne, chartered the Tucson Desert Lions Club with over 20 members. He enjoyed volunteering at the Tucson Rodeo, White Cane, assisting with vision screening, collection, and distribution of glasses for those in need, and the Leader Dog Corporation.
Dave was an outdoorsman who mastered many hobbies including golfing, fishing, hunting, camping, and cooking. He cooked many family meals while camping in his happy place at Big Lake, AZ. Dave also enjoyed bowling, competing in bowling tournaments, and shared this hobby with his kids.
Those who knew Dave considered him a very caring, and outgoing person, always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. Dave was a bold leader, fearless by nature, and a great teacher to those willing to learn.
Celebration of Life will be held at Christ Presbyterian Church, 6565 E Broadway Blvd, on Tuesday, January 16th 1:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Tucson Downtown Lions Club.
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