David was born October 15, 1922 in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, the son of Stephen and Susan (Parsons) Upham. He graduated from Mt. Vernon high school, and graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point in 1945.
While still a cadet in World War II, his first assigned ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea. Further assignments took him to the Middle East, Europe and Latin America.
He also received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Denison University in 1948, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.
He was a member of Boca Bay Pass Club, Rockwell Springs Trout Club, Boca Grande Club, and was past member of the Les Chenenaux Yacht Club.
David was an outdoor enthusiast who was an accomplished skier, competitive sailor and ice boater, and enjoyed fly fishing for any fish in any body of water in any locale.
David is survived by his loving wife, Claudia Marks Upham of Sarasota; son David Mark Upham, MD and his wife Karen of Alpena, Mich.; daughters Tamara Sue Upham Ng-Yow and her husband, Richard, of Greenwich, Conn. and Daphne Kilburn and her husband Larry of Port Townsend, Wash.; five grandchildren, Chester Upham, Valeska Upham, Alexander Ng-Yow, Thomas Ng-Yow and Kendrick Ng-Yow; sister-in-law Jacqueline Upham of Sarasota; and brother Bradley (Mary) Upham of Amelia Island.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Stephen Pierce and Susan Upham Sr., and his brother, Stephen Pierce Upham Jr.
A memorial service was held on November 6, 2012 at the Boca Grande Club. Graveside services will be held at a later date. The Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home in Mansfield, Ohio, (419) 525-4411, is honored to serve the Upham family.
Contributions in David’s memory may be made to the Boca Grande Health Clinic, 280 Park Ave., Boca Grande, Fla. 33921 or Mansfield First Congregational Church, 640 Millsboro Road, Mansfield, Ohio 44903.
Online condolences to the Upham family may be made by visiting snyderfuneralhomes.com.
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