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Former Elkhart City Judge, Magistrate and friend to many, David A. Denton, passed away Thursday, June 27, at Elkhart General Hospital, at the age of 79.
A native of Elkhart, he was born Nov. 9, 1937, to Harold N. and Margaret (Arnold) Denton. His parents preceded him in death.
He married JoAnn "Jo" Shoupe March 18, 1961, at First Baptist Church in Mishawaka.
Surviving are his wife and best friend of 56 years, Jo Denton; daughter, Tracy Denton (Tom Sparr); sons, Todd C. (Heather) Denton and Adam S. Denton. He is also "Pa Pa" to 10 grandchildren, Megan Denton (fiance Nate Lint), Allison Denton, Jason Denton, Elliott Denton, Bailey Denton, Jack Steele, Bree Denton, Alexa Denton, Kate Steele and Claire Steele; and four great-grandchildren, Macey, Cayden, Mason, William and one arriving shortly, Charlotte.
David graduated from Indiana University and University of Maryland Law School. He practiced as an attorney in private practice for more than 50 years. He was elected Judge and appointed Magistrate in Elkhart City and County Courts, serving for 26 years. He was a member of the Elkhart City Bar Association, its Scholarship Committee and the Evening Optimist Club.
He enjoyed spending time every Wednesday with his "Breakfast Buddies." David never knew a stranger and touched many lives.
He loved to read, do crossword puzzles and was a big Indiana University fan, but his most special times were spent with his grandchildren.
Services celebrating David A. Denton's life will begin with visitation for family and friends from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St., Elkhart.
A celebration of his life will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 6, with additional visitation one hour prior to the service at McCoy Memorial Baptist Church, 134 St. Clair Ave., Elkhart. Pastor Raymond Laborde will officiate.
Per David's wishes, cremation will follow.
The family kindly requests memorial donations be given to Guidance Ministries, 216 N. Second St., Elkhart, IN 46516 or Elkhart City Bar Association Scholarship Foundation, 131 E. Franklin St., Suite. 12, Elkhart, IN 46516.
To share a memory or send a condolence to the family, visit www.billingsfuneralhome.com.
Published on June 30, 2017
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