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Col. David Clark Manning, Ang, Ret. obituary

It is with great sadness that the family of Col. David Manning, 93, announces his death on July 28, 2022. Born on September 26, 1928, Dave was the only child of Reg and Ruth Manning. A native Phoenician, Dave graduated from North High School and Arizona State University before joining the Air Force and the Arizona Air National Guard. Dave’s love of flying, ignited despite his fear of heights, began as a young boy staring at the sky in fascination every time a plane passed overhead. He had inherited his father’s artistic talents and used them to gain flying lessons by designing the insignia for the Arizona Air National Guard’s Copperheads, which are still in use today. Dave’s career prospered from the Air Force to the Arizona Air National Guard, where he rose to the rank of colonel and became base commander of the 161st Air Refueling Wing. He was also an integral member of Goldwater Squadron. Dave retired from flying in 1988 and served five more years at headquarters. During his distinguished career, he won numerous medals, including the Meritorious Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Exceptionally Long Service Medal with four bronze stars, and the Vietnam Service Medal. After his retirement, Dave devoted himself to his game of golf and his grandchildren with great focus and fascination. Dave could often be found with his son and grandchildren on the course or in his favorite armchair watching the Golf Channel. His artistic talents knew no bounds – whether he was working with wood, car parts or drawing pencils. He could find a solution to almost any problem and didn’t believe in buying the newer model of device if the old one worked fine with a little tinkering. Dave is survived by his loving wife Peggy, 69, and children Dr. Melanie Manning and Dr. Michael (Jennifer) Manning; and four grandchildren, McKenzie (David) Roney, Andrew Manning, Daniel Manning and Jonathan (Samantha Onofry) Manning. Dave’s love for his family was deep and everlasting. He had a unique and special relationship with each of his children and grandchildren and was the consummate role model. Peggy, Melanie and Mike have many fond memories of family outings and beach vacations where they would all pile into a car and snuggle up to their pets for the journey with Dave at the wheel. Dave never missed an event and often helped with the divide and conquer so that for each grandchild there was a family member to cheer on, even when there were overlaps. Dave has attended countless baseball, soccer, football, lacrosse, tennis, dance nights, and track and field meetings. His consistent, unfailing presence was a true honor to his grandchildren. You could always count on the sight of a large straw hat with an ASU ribbon across the brim in the stands. Please join us to visit Dave’s life on Friday evening, August 5, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Messinger Mortuary, 7601 E. Indian School Rd, Scottsdale, AZ to honor Dave’s to celebrate life. A private funeral service will be held on Saturday morning. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to help wounded veterans at wonedwarriorproject.org and Hospice of the Valley, hov.org.

Posted online on 08/02/2022

Published in The Arizona Republic

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