David John Ellis Dekker

Birth: May 15th, 1928
Death: September 16th, 2010
Age: 82 years
Residence:Green Valley
Served In: Army
Years Served: 1953 - 1957

David John Ellis Dekker was born to Joseph Henry and Ruth Bernice Dekker (nee Richardson) in Denver, Colorado on May 15th, 1928.  Immensely gifted in both performing and visual arts, he attended North High School, Denver and after winning a national competition as a senior, had his paintings exhibited at the Carnegie Institute.  He received his B.A. in Musical Theatre from the University of Colorado, Boulder and his M.A. from Chicago Musical College, after which David was drafted and became a cartoonist in Europe for the Stars and Stripes.  After completing his service, he attended the Goethe Institute and then spent 25 years as a leading tenor with the German Opera before becoming the Artistic Director of the Frankfurt Playhouse.  During this time, his son Erik and his daughter Diana were born.  He returned Stateside in 1985 and moved to Las Vegas with his wife Hilary where their son Thomas was born in 1987.  David performed in and designed multiple community theatre productions and presented a Seniors show, Mem'ries, to community centers and retirement homes.  He also modelled for national advertising campaigns, local casinos, various property developments and international publications.  But he earned his greatest reputation and joy from his one-man educational shows for elementary schools, performing to more than 100,000 children in the greater Las Vegas area.   He succumbed to Alzheimer's Disease on September 16th, 2010.  His humor, talent, kindness and individuality will be greatly missed by his wife Hilary, children Erik, Diana and Thomas, grandchildren Megan and Dustin, brother Joe (Bud), uncle John (Sunny), aunt Jackie, niece Rhiannon, nephew Joey, father-in-law Alun, mother-in-law Margaret, brother-in-law Nigel, sisters-in-law Glynis and Helen, his many friends, his dogs Captain Pugwash and Noggin the Nog and audiences everywhere. 
 "We remember his song, not the echo."

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