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David Pinckney

December 19, 1931 — September 27, 2013

Our loving husband, dad, grandpa and friend, David S. Pinckney, passed away very unexpectedly while attending a football game in Lavell Edwards Stadium on Friday, September 27, 2013. David was born on December 19, 1931 to George and Violet Pinckney. He married Joy Aschmann on March 20, 1959 in the Los Angeles Temple. Dave devoted his life to taking care of his family, serving in the church, and teaching and enriching the lives of students as an educator and coach in California for 34 years. When they moved to Utah, he loved mentoring young people so much that he continued to work as a substitute teacher, including the week he died. Dave and Joy served an LDS mission in the Tokyo, Japan temple, fulfilling one of his life-long dreams. David is survived by his wife, Joy, and children David Jr., Michael (Gina), Mary Colo (Mark), Matt, Danny (Margaret), and Elizabeth Johnson (Don). He is also survived by 15 grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents and his friend and brother, George. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the Springville LDS church located at 1785 East 400 South. The family will greet friends Wednesday evening, October 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Legacy Funeral Home, 3595 N. Main Street, Spanish Fork. Interment will be at the Utah Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 17111 South Camp Williams Road, Bluffdale. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the LDS Church Perpetual Education Fund.

October 1, 2013 at 1:19 pm | #

I'm sorry to hear of Mr. Pinckney's passing. I remember when he was the long term subsitute in my high school history class, because the teacher had been promoted to another position. He always had amazing stories to tell and made class fun!! My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.


October 2, 2013 at 11:39 am | #

Our sincerest condolences to Joy and family who must be feeling this loss keenly. We were fortunate enough to have "Elder" Pinckney serve as our home teacher during part of the time he and Joy served in Tokyo. He was always cheerful, optimistic, and upbeat. We always felt more that way whenever we'd visit with him. We are certain that heaven is rejoicing to have such a fine teacher and good man back home. We will miss his youthful optimism, good stories, and great perspectives at subsequent reunions of Tokyo missionaries. We hope the family will be comforted in all their fond memories.


October 2, 2013 at 5:48 pm | #

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pinckney family at this difficult time. I am one of the secretaries at Springville Junior High and we loved visiting with Dave when he would sign in to substitute. He was always so pleasant and took the time to acknowledge each of us with a friendly smile as he entered the office. We were always impressed with his desire to learn, always bringing something to read with him. He shared his love for BYU with all that would listen. We will miss him.

Springville Junior High Faculty and Staff


October 2, 2013 at 6:38 pm | #

I didn't know David until he died but I was the first to pass by as David fell. I sat at his head and tried to stop the bleeding. I wish to express to his wife that I wanted to wrap my arms around her the whole time we waited for the paramedics to arrive. Once the paramedics arrived I had to attend to my three little children who were with me at the time. Because of them I couldn't stay to support Joy. I apologize for that. I wished I could have stayed. But I would also like to express my very personal testimony that as I sensed David was leaving this life, I knew where he was going. I even felt strength from Joy. I want you to know that I know God lives and that he provided a savior to David so that he could return to live with him, and that I know Joy will see her husband again.

Best regards,

Scott Morris

PS I hope to meet the family as I have season tickets on row 27 in portal J.


October 2, 2013 at 7:31 pm | #

Mr. Pinckney was a great man. He will be missed.


October 2, 2013 at 9:03 pm | #

We enjoyed having Dave come in and substitute for us at Springville High. Dave was always so flexible and willing to do whatever he was asked. He always had a smile on his face and never did I hear him complain about anything. He was such a pleasant person.

The students and the teachers here loved chatting with him. He will be very missed by all of us here at the High School. We are sorry for your loss.


October 3, 2013 at 10:35 pm | #

Mr. Pinckney was my high school English/Language Arts teacher my freshman year at El Dorado High School. He was always so kind and had wonderful stories to share about life. He may have loved football and coaching, but he was also a great English teacher. He was the first teacher I ever had who taught me how to write. He instilled in me the structure of writing and how to make your ideas flow clearly from one to the next. I can still remember him drawing visual models to remind my classmates and me what a great essay had to have. I learned to love writing that year almost as much as I loved Mr. Pinckney. I became a teacher years later and I am working in the very district that he taught me. I am proud to say that I pass on the same techniques to my students that Mr. Pinckney taught me. I even use the same visual models. He was one in a million. I am proud to say he was my teacher. I am a better writer, teacher, and person thanks to his influence in my life. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Know that he made a difference in many lives and his legacy continues today in my teaching.


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