In Memory

David Belanger

David Belanger

Dave Belanger died peacefully on Monday, September 30, 2013.  Dave was one of the mainstays of the reunion effort.  He worked long, hard, and tirelessly on finding lost classmates.  Much of the information, resources, and techniques we used, and success we had, were due to Dave.  His help on the reunion was invaluable, and I always knew I could count on him when he was needed.  I held him in very high esteem.   Dave wanted very much to attend the reunion and reconnect with his old friends.  His ill health prevented that.  May he rest in peace.

Dave's widow Marilee asks that classmates who wish to honor Dave with a charitable donation in his name, please do so to his favorite charity:  National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Houston (, or to the church or charity of their choice. 

James Heitsch

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10/03/13 03:43 PM #1    

Thomas Tudor

Dave and I reconnected several months before our reunion, and he was very much looking forward to attending.  His sudden surgery for complications from diabetes prevented that, and he passed away on September 30, two days after our reunion.

  We hung out alot in high school, and I have fond memories of brainstorming with him on advanced algebra homework problems. He was one of our "brains," graduating among our top ten.

 He was a great guy.

His adult son suffers from serious mental illness, and I plan to honor Dave's memory by making a contribution to NAMI.

Tom Tudor

01/25/14 12:56 PM #2    

James Heitsch

Here is Dave's obituary.

David George Belanger, 68, died of renal failure on September 30, 2013. He was born on February 11, 1945 in Chicago, IL. His parents, George Claude and Leona Torzewski Belanger preceded him in death. David received his BSME from the University of Illinois in 1967 and MSIA form the Krannert School at Purdue University in 1968. His career with ExxonMobil spanned 38 ½ years in Baytown, Florham Park, Mt. Belvieu, and Houston. He enjoyed membership in the Mustang Club of Houston, the Jaguar Club of Houston and the Gulf Coast Historical Ship Modelers Society. He leaves behind many friends and a family including his wife, two children and three cats. A private funeral was held through Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe, TX on October 3, 2013. Donations may be made to NAMI ( or to the church or charity of your choice.

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