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David C. Wright

March 17, 1921 - July 3, 2012

David Carl Wright, age 91, of Orange Park, Fla., passed away on July 3, 2012. He was born in Baldwinsville, on March 17, 1921 to the former Ruth Estey/Woodford and Carl Cornell Wright. He enjoyed the family farm and sold newspapers to vacationers on the nearby Seneca River. After his father died in 1927 he and his mother went to live with her parents on Middletown Avenue, in Syracuse. A nearby airfield (now a park) inspired his love of flying.
After school, he worked in a machine shop then joined the Navy. He was a pilot in WWII, in the USMC, in the Marshall Islands, then in a ferry squadron. He then attended Clarkson College. He married Retha Baker in January of 1949. His graduated in mechanical engineering, and later took a job with Boeing. His young family moved to Seattle and later Huntsville, AL. He worked on the Apollo Saturn V booster and other Boeing projects of the 1960s. In retirement he worked with Habitat for Humanity, and literacy programs for inmates.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Retha and son Michael Lynn Wright. He is survived by sons, Stephen David Wright of Columbia, SC; Kevin James Wright (Carol) of Orange Park; Lance Carl Wright of Huntsville, AL; and Scott David Wright (Elle) of Andalusia, AL.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, July 14, at First Methodist Church or Orange Park. For more information contact sw @andycable.com or 334-222-8084.