It is with great sorrow that we share the passing of David Scott Lake on March 26, 2023. He led his life with a servant's heart. Doing for others brought him great joy. He had an active spirit and loved his family.
David was a Graduate of Plantation Highschool in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and Western Carolina University in Cullowhee North Carolina, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Art Education. This was followed by an Associate’s Degree in Radiation Protection Technology from Central Florida Community College in Ocala, Fl.
At the conclusion of his academic career, David worked in various Nuclear Power Plant facilities along the East Coast and Upper Midwest before joining EG&G, located at Nasa’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL. and relocating his family to Titusville, FL (1985). Here, he served in various capacities related to environmental and radioactive protection which included working closely with well-known NASA missions and spacecraft such as the Ulysses, Galileo, and Cassini deep-space probes and the Mars Science Laboratories (Mars Rover). He also spent 5 years on special assignment with AFTAC at Patrick Air Force Base, before retiring after 35 years, in December 2020.
As if a career in the space industry wasn’t enough, David began working part-time at Publix Supermarket at the Titusville Garden Street location in 2000, following the employment of his sons. This “second career” lasted 18 years.
To say that David was an outgoing and energetic person, would be a tremendous understatement. He worked his way through college and was passionate about his family. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and having fun. Some of his favorite pastimes were golfing, tailgating, skeet shooting, fishing, surfing, coaching, running, gardening/landscaping, and many others. If there was something his children were interested in, he became interested too, learning alongside his sons. He coached several sports teams throughout the years and was committed to being present with his family. When his sons were old enough to begin working (at Publix), he went to work as well. When his grandchildren were born, there was no desire greater than to be with them to play, wrestle on the floor, and spend time with them. Hard-work, dedication, and being active were hallmarks of David’s character.
In April, 2021, David was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia with Primary Progressive Aphasia. This progressive, degenerative, neurological disease continued to wear upon him until his passing.
He is survived by loving Wife Cathy Oaks Lake, Sons, Dustin Owen Lake (wife Abigail Lake), Alex Scott Lake (wife Alecia Lake); grandchildren Georgia Caitlyn Lake, David Oaks Lake, Josephine Belle Lake, William Arthur Lake, Owen Charles Lake, Bennett Scott Lake, Siblings; James Lee Lake, Patricia Ann Kunkel, Karla Sue Shepard and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and other beloved family members.
He is preceded in death by: his Father Delbert Owen Lake and Mother Dorothy Hedrick Lake.
We ask that you please join us in lifting up David’s family and friends in prayer during their time of grief.
The Funeral Services will be Sunday, 4/2/2023 at 3:00 pm at The Grove Church in Titusville. A social gathering will follow, details and location to come.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration, at www.theaftd.org