David W. Turner

2013-09-08T00:00:00Z David W. TurnerClassifieds Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
September 08, 2013 12:00 am  • 

David W. Turner

of Tucson, Arizona and former longtime resident of Redlands, California, passed away August 30, 2013, surrounded by his loving wife and two daughters. Dave was born on July 7, 1936 in Dayton, Ohio to David Wade and Louise Turner (deceased). He is survived by Linda, his wife of 53 years, whom he met at the University of Arizona; brother, Kent Turner (Tehachapi, CA) and family; daughters, Tamara (Herb) of Roseville, CA and Deborah (Tony) of San Bernardino, CA and four grandchildren, Kelen David, Caitlin, Andrew and Jakob. We will miss his humor, integrity and strength. His motto was "we can make this work". At the age of 28, he successfully founded Pioneer Consultants (1964), a geotechnical and material engineering firm in Redlands and subsequently founded two additional firms in associated fields. He was a licensed professional engineer in four states. He shared his geotechnical engineering knowledge, experience and time in numerous ways: senate subcommittees, expert witness, teaching at local colleges, published in various journals. He was active in professional organizations: American Society of Civil Engineers, Fellow; CA Geo Engineers, past president and director; American Society of Testing and Materials. Education and our youth were important to him. While a member of the Tucson Rotary, he mentored in the public school system and while with the Redlands Rotary, he chaired the scoliosis screening for students in the school district. He also was a candidate for political offices in both communities. While in Redlands, he worked on the Redlands Water Rate Review; San Bernardino Grading Board of Appeals; Grading Ordinance Review Committee for Riverside and San Bernardino; Citizens Committee for the Preservation of Tri-City Airport; Boy Scouts of America, Grayback Council; and Goodwill Industries. In Tucson, he was a member of the Arizona Coliseum and Exposition Center Board in Phoenix; University of Arizona President's Club; U of A Alumni Industry Council for Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Departments; Galileo Circle and da Vinci Circle; and donor of a life-size statue "The Newsboy" (James Muir, Artist) to the U of A Library. His passion, after family, friends and service, was flying. Licensed as a private pilot he served the Sheriff's Department in Tucson as a pilot for prisoner transport. He obtained his EMT (Emergency Medical Training) license to always be better prepared to help and was Team Leader in the Mounted Search and Rescue Team in San Bernardino County. His wishes were for a small family service at a future time. Donations in his memory can be directed to The University of Arizona Foundation, Gift Planning, P.O. Box 210109, Tucson, AZ 85721-01019 with reference to Civil Engineering Scholarships, David W. Turner.

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