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Death of David Pinckney

 

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My sister, Marcia Fillmore Beach, a friend of Joy Pinckney called me early Saturday morning, September 28, 2013, to report that David Pinckney, husband of Joy died suddenly while the BYU football game the night before, September 27, 2013.

In reply to a news article reporting the death, David's youngest daughter wrote the following which I think an excellent response.

David Pinckney died 27 September 2013. (The picture below of our friends David and Joy is the most recent one we have.)

LizzieJPink - 20 hours ago  

I am the proud daughter of this amazing man. His name was David Pinckney and was going to be 82 in December! This article made me smile because Dad would have loved the age complement! He did look and act like a 70 year old and never would tell his age! He was born in San Jose California with his younger brother George and parents until he graduated from High School. Dad wanted to be a proud and brave Marine since a young boy. After much convincing, his Mother signed the papers to allow him to join the Marines at 17.He served and fought for our country as a young boy in the Korean War. He was so proud to be a Marine and he hung his flags every morning and retired them every evening!

He then attended BYU. He made the Cougar Football Team in the 50's and played the game he loved and lived. He received his Masters and wrote his thesis on Physical Fitness. He married his BYU Sweetheart in the Los Angeles, California Temple and moved to Fullerton/Placentia Southern California, where he taught English and was Head Football coach for 34 years!!!My parents raised 6 children. David Jr, Michael ,Mary, Matthew, Daniel and Elizabeth.

To make a wonderful long story short, he retired and they moved to Springville Utah in 1993.He couldn't stand being away from his passion and became an assistant coach for the Springville Red Devil Football team and substitute teacher for the Nebo school District. He developed a desire to learn Japanese and enrolled in a course at BYU to learn Japanese. Dave and Joy were called to serve an L.D.S Mission in 2010 to the Tokyo, Japan Temple Mission. He loved the Japanese people so much. It was a dream come true for him. After fulfilling a Faithful mission through the Big Earthquake and Tsunami they returned to Springville and my Dad picked up where he left off! He was healthy as can be and lived his Thesis. This week he had substitute taught 3 times. Went to the Gym 6 days a week with my mom and worked out for an hour and a half! Friday the day my Dad passed away, he had gone to the gym with my mom, called a roofer and met him at my house and we visited for a while and planned to meet up for his favorite evening of Fall "BYU Game day"

My parents went to my Dads favorite place to get a hamburger and his 'splurge' a milkshake. Then they headed for the game. He was fine as could be and was a step behind my mother almost to our families season ticket portal. Then he just fell backwards straight back. Smacking his head on the concrete very hard. This was one of the most heart wrenching times of my life. Me , being the baby of the family with my husband, sons, brother and Mother all at his side. He passed away at the Stadium that he loved at the game he loved. My father did not have any medical conditions and there were no investigators. He died we believe before his head hit the concrete, but the paramedics faithful worked on him for 30 minutes right there in the stadium and 20 minutes in the ambulance and ER but they NEVER got him breathing. At the ER we were told that by law they had to do an autopsy because he was so healthy and hadn't seen a doctor in years. The Doctor said when they brought him in he looked like he was in his early 70's, especially with his medical history. They said they have to do this these days to cover themselves. They told us they saw no need for one and they tried to jump through the hoops but couldn't bypass them. 

I read this article as well as Ksl and wanted to tell my Dads true story and what really happened.

To let you all know he was the most amazing man. Anyone who met him couldn't help but love him and he had such a fun sense of humor. He was non judgmental and so very fair with people. He worked so hard to provide well for his large family and would give anything to help us. He left a wonderful legacy for his family and 20 grandchildren. I was blessed to be his daughter. Go BYU and Semper Fi.

I love you Dad!!! You will truly be missed and never forgotten!