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David Carey Ivie
David Carey Ivie

David Carey Ivie passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 in Orange County, California from complications related to metastatic thyroid cancer.  He was born on October 27, 1926, in Redfield, South Dakota to Hiram and Zina Ivie, and had three older siblings –Robert Ivie, Betty Ivie and Roger Ivie.  His family relocated to Iowa City, Iowa, where he graduated from high school at the age of 16 and immediately entered the University of Iowa.  After a year he enlisted in the Navy and was sent to DePauw University at Greencastle, Indiana for the Navy V-12 pre-med program.  When WWII ended, “Dave” headed back to Iowa to continue his medical studies at the University of Iowa Medical School.  He graduated four years later and promptly joined the Army to make enough money to marry Patricia Meloy, the true love of his life.  They were married on August 6, 1949 in a small church ceremony in Seattle, Washington.

In 1949, he received an Army sponsored Internship at King County Hospital in Seattle.  The Korean War began and his planned Residency in San Francisco was cancelled as he received orders to go overseas, just as his first son, John (Jack) Ivie was born.  He served in the 9th Infantry Division and received an Honorable Discharge from the Medical Corps in 1952 with the rank of Captain. 

After the Korean War, Dave did a 3-year Residency in Radiology at the University of Wisconsin.  He enjoyed the challenge and investigative nature of the medical profession.  During this time James Ivie was born and the growing family moved to California for better weather and to be near his parents.  For twelve consecutive years he practiced medicine in Marin County and had two more children, Sara and Bill.  He later relocated the family to Turlock, California in 1967 where he continued his Radiology practice until his retirement in 1988.

In his spare time Dave enjoyed working on home projects, and became quite a skilled carpenter.  He loved sports and had fond memories of heading to San Francisco to see the 49ers play at Kezar Stadium.   He was a member of the Turlock Country Club and spent many afternoons on the driving range and the golf course.  He was an avid reader which gave him much enjoyment his entire life.  Dave loved listening to music, playing the piano and the stimulating and often  “spirited” conversations during the cocktail hour on current events.  

In 2007 he and Trish moved from Turlock to Orange County to be closer to family, and later settled at the San Clemente Villas where they spent their remaining years together.

 David Carey Ivie is survived by his four children – Jack Ivie, James Ivie, Sara Ivie and Bill Ivie.  He will be fondly remembered by his daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great nephews and nieces.  He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62 years, Edith Patricia Ivie.  A private Mass will be held with immediate family.  In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to The American Cancer Society.   May he rest in peace in the loving presence of God.