DAVID SHAW(1923 - 2014)

BM1 DAVID SHAW U.S. Navy, Retired David Thomas Shaw, July 2, 1923-Jan. 5, 2014. David Thomas Shaw, of Las Vegas, died peacefully Jan. 5, 2014. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., July 2, 1923, to his parents, Thomas and Mary Shaw. Prior to retiring in 1990 in Las Vegas, he resided in Grand Haven, Mich. and southern California, where he was a manager of several restaurants and recreational resorts. David served in the U.S. Navy for over 24 years, and retired in San Diego in 1964. He is a World War II and Korean War veteran, serving on several aircraft carriers as a flight deck operation aviation boatswain's mate. He served in the Atlantic during World War II, and participated in the invasion of Africa on the aircraft carrier Ranger. He also participated in several significant campaigns in Korea and supported the operations of the Black Sheep Squadron under Pappy Boynton. David was also a special forces survival instructor in San Diego prior to his retirement from the U.S. Navy. David was an avid Yankees fan as well as an Irishman through and through. He loved to laugh, play the piano, and sing Irish love songs, especially to his wonderful and loving wife, Donna. David was preceded in death by a son, Bobby Clements; and siblings, Robert Shaw, Thomas Shaw, Mary Shaw, Richard Shaw and Ann Shaw. David is survived by his wife, of 39 years, Donna Kay Shaw; and children, daughter, Anita Gray and her husband, Dave of Rancho Mirage, Calif.; and son, Charles Clements of Kentucky. David is also survived by his brother, Jack and his wife, Marilyn Shaw of Massapequa Park, N.Y.; his sister, Frances Shaw Haskell and her husband, Frank Haskell of Jeffersonville, N.Y.; many nieces and nephews; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Memorial services with full military honors will be at 12:40 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive,, Boulder City, NV 89002. Reception celebrating his life will follow.