David Charles Holmboe reluctantly left this world on Sunday, May 17, 2015 following complications from a surgical procedure. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Mebe and his two children, Jeff Holmboe and Denise Tougeron (and her husband Mike) and his beloved grandson, Justin. He will be sorely missed by his brother Graham,sister Sue Vandiver (and her husband Mark), sister-in-law Tuncer DeLeon (and her husband Ralph), as well as niece Vanessa Vandiver and nephews Charlie Vandiver and Michael Holmboe.
Dave spent his youth living in Pleasant Hill, CA. He graduated from Chico State University and moved to So. Cal. for his first teaching position as an English teacher at Newbury Park High School in Newbury Park, CA. He worked in the field of Education for 38 years in the Conejo Valley Unified School Districtas a teacher, counselor, college instructor, and administrator. David was the founder of the Ventura County School Counselors Association and was the President of the California School Counselors Association. Following retirement he became the chairperson of the Ventura County Behavioral Health board, working on mental health issues that affected families in Ventura County.
Committed to his profession and community Dave lived a rich life and didn’t hesitate to jump in for a cause or need. He had an enthusiasm for life, enjoying many interests and friends. He was just as comfortable hosting a dinner party as chairing a committee. He would often open a favorite bottle of wine (or two) to share with friends and family, followed by his home roasted bean and brewed coffee.He had a love for travel, crossword puzzles, reading, humor, family, friends and gatherings of any kind.
Dave had a remarkable ability to make and maintain friendships. He usually gravitated towards people with the same positive spin on life, but didn’t dismiss those that weren’t so lucky. He was non-judgmental and kind hearted and wasn’t adverse to reaching out to people in need and to those that were not on the “A team”, those that maybe had a quirk or two.
As evidenced by the same echo, “one of the best”, “a true friend”, “a fearless advocate”?he truly was a remarkable man.
Cheers to you Dave, it’s been an honor!
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