A Turtle’s Tribute:
From the Dallas Voice:
David McClinton, 56, passed away on Aug. 28, 2013. David was born Dec. 29, 1956, in Dallas.
He was preceded in death by his mother Catharine Rose Blankenship and is survived by his spouse Donnie Caruso, of Big Lake, Alaska, his former spouse and lifelong friend Cathy Green, of Dallas, his son Paul and wife, Stephanie of Anchorage, Alaska. David is also survived by his father James McClinton of
Richardson and three sisters: Gale McNeely of Garland; Cheryl James of Sachse, Texas; and Susan Merrell of Cape Coral, Fla.
Upon graduation from North Mesquite High School in 1975, David joined the U.S. Navy and was actively involved during his naval career with the U.S. Navy Band, stationed in Charleston, S.C. Upon discharge, David obtained a B.A. from Texas Woman’s University in piano performance and music composition.
David devoted his life to music, teaching voice and piano lessons, writing music compositions and working with numerous high school choruses. He was a member of the Turtle Creek Chorale and worked with the other choruses.
A memorial service is being planned in Dallas in December. In lieu of flowers, a David McClinton Music Memorial Fund has been established with Cathedral of Hope. The fund is designated specifically for the music ministry.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 20, 2013.