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41590 Fenwick Street
P.O. Box 270
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Phone: (301) 475-8500
Fax: (301) 475-8909
David Wright

David E. "Dave" Wright

Wednesday, June 24th, 1953 - Thursday, January 31st, 2019
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David E. Wright. 65, of Solomons, MD died on January 31, 2019. He is survived by his brother Richard A. Wright of Alexandria, VA and his stepmother, Joyce M. Wright of Poquoson, VA. Dave was preceded in death by his mother, Hope Dahl Wright and father, Howard T Wright. Dave was born in Hempstead, Long Island, New York. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in philosophy with honors from the University of Wisconsin which propelled him to Naval Aviation Officers Candidate School at Pensacola, Fla. Upon earning his wings as a Naval Flight Officer, Dave flew as tactical operator and mission commander in the S-3 Viking anti-submarine aircraft for the next 10 years. He deployed several times aboard the aircraft carrier America. Dave transitioned from active duty to the Navy reserves, flying similar missions in the P-3 Orion, where he retired as a Commander. Since 1986 he worked for Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, MD supporting S-3 and F/A-18 aircraft flight test, until retiring in June 2018.

Dave was an avid and accomplished photographer throughout his life. This hobby started in his early teens and included developing his own negatives and pictures. His vacations often centered on his photography, promoting travels not only throughout the US, but around the world, in search of “the perfect shot”.

Dave was also a passionate and educated astronomer, and loved to sit and gaze at the evening stars with friends and family, with many facts and stories shared. Among Dave’s greatest passions was playing golf with his friends which included group trips to historic golf locations in US and abroad. But most of all, Dave enjoyed being with his wonderful friends for an evening out. Dave will be sorely missed, but never forgotten.

A celebration of Dave’s life will be held at the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home in Leonardtown, MD on February 16, 2019 with visitation at 1:00PM and a service at 2:00PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or the charity of your choice.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 16th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    When
    Saturday, February 16th, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Location
    Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home
    Address
    41590 Fenwick Street
    LEONARDTOWN, MD 20650
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 16th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    When
    Saturday, February 16th, 2019 2:00pm
    Location
    Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home
    Address
    41590 Fenwick Street
    LEONARDTOWN, MD 20650
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    Officiant
    Pastor Dan Moore
  • Interment

    Location
    Arlington National Cemetery
    Address
    1 Memorial Drive
    ARLINGTON, VA 22202
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    Will be held at a later date.

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Shawn Stanley

Posted at 03:09pm
Dave will be missed..enjoyed bowling with him often and will continue to enjoy his photography. -Shawn Stanley, Solomons.
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Jim and Jenny Acree

Posted at 12:22pm
Peace, Prayers and Blessings, With heartfelt sympathy,
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jayme schmidt

Posted at 01:51pm
Great person, Good Friend/Co-worker and someone I could talk to about things we both like to do, take picture of the wildlife around us. I Got him doing what he does good. This shot was 2011 when the CO let us come to the Hanger and take picture of the F-18 Aircraft that weekend. GOD hands now David. Going to miss our times talking about place you been and the outstanding photo shot you got. Jayme (James), VX-23 BOEING Team.
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"David Wright" will remain in our hearts forever. Love Uncle Clif and Aunt Mary, Paul, Ruth, Marie and Debra
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Ruth Joy Coombs

Posted at 05:54pm
My sincere heartfelt condolences, thoughts & prayers go out to Dave's family & dear friends. He was always one of my favorite people; he was always so genuine, talented and professional. I'll always remember him as one of my extended family members in the S-3B community. He's resting in peace with God, breathing free and easy now.
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