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David Deane Webster

Sedona Red Rock News of Sedona, Arizona

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David Deane Webster, age 73, was born in Berkley, CA on September 25, 1939. He passed peacefully on August 22, 2013 after a long struggle with Parkinson's and related illnesses.

David graduated college with an Engineering Degree from the University of Colorado in 1965. While serving as a member of the Army Reserve, David became owner of Overland Supply Co., a manufacturers rep business serving the railroad industry in San Francisco, CA. He later went to work for ABEX Corporation in MN and NJ where he obtained two patents pertaining to the railroad industry. Moving up in his career, he moved his family to Elkhart, IN where he became President and ultimately the CEO and owner of American Electronic Components Corporation, a manufacturer of relays and switches. AEC also engineered sensors to the automotive industry throughout the world. He took AEC public in the UK, took it private again, and ultimately went public in the USA by merging AEC with the Echlin Corporation. He and his family lived in Elkhart, IN for 23 years before he and his wife, Dottie fully retired to Sedona, AZ in 1996.

Widely recognized and respected for his business leadership and management expertise, David served on the U.S. President's Council on Small Business, The Republican Senatorial Trust Committee, and several corporate boards including, National Bank of Detroit in Elkhart, IN, Pizza Hut of Fort Wayne, IN, The Mittler Corporation in South Bend, IN and The Engineering Board at the University of Colorado-Boulder where he also received their Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in 2002 for Industry and Commerce. David was a member of the elite, Young Presidents Organization, an International group of corporate leaders under the age of 40. In Sedona he served on the board of the Verde Valley Sanctuary and Board of Sedona Oak Creek Airport Authority, serving as President for seven years. In 2011 he received Sedona Airport's Honor Roll Award. David was an active member of Sedona 30, Chamber Music Sedona and charitable organizations throughout the communities of Elkhart, IN and Sedona, AZ.

David was a passionate and accomplished pilot. He continues to hold the world speed record for circumnavigating the globe - flying 24,000 miles in 75 hours in a Gulfstream Commander 1000. The March 1983 flight included 13 fuel stops and cut 34.5 hours off the previous record. He has been quoted as saying, "I've always loved flying. Even as a child, I would constantly dream about it. I learned to fly in my early 20s, and I loved it because it offered another degree of freedom." Beyond all his accomplishments, David was generous, kind-hearted, humorous and a true philanthropist. He cherished his family and his many friendships.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Deane and Josephine Webster and his sister, Joellyn Story. He is survived by wife, Dottie Webster; son, Michael Webster, his wife, Barbi and their two children, Keagan and Olivia Webster; daughter, Meadow (Stacy) Linden and her two children, Indigo and Tashi Linden; brother, Todd Webster of Horida and four nieces.

A Celebration of David's life will be held at the Sedona Creative Life Center on Tuesday, October 29th at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in David's name to: The Muhammad AH Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, 350 W Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013.

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Original Publication Date: August 30, 2013

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