David Philip Mack
David Philip Mack left this life suddenly on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at the age of 82. A longtime resident of Lewes, Del., and Washington, D.C., David Mack was born in Busti, N.Y., the son of the late Philip and Catherine (Siggins) Mack.
David Mack was a wise and compassionate man, devoted husband and father, a good friend to many, a teacher and mentor, a man with a spirited curiosity who loved to read, explore, fix things that were broken or invent things that were not. He moved easily from one project to the next, always surprising people with the depth and range of his knowledge and skills. He especially loved listening and learning from his children and grandchildren of whom he was very proud. He had a calm way about him that instantly attracted anyone to him and made them feel his warmth and compassion, and the gentleness of his heart. No matter what David Mack was doing, anyone could always count on him to be a genuine listener and teacher for whatever their day may have presented to them.
In all of David Mack’s accomplishments throughout his life journey, one of his most treasured was meeting the love of his life and best friend, Eunice. Together they enjoyed countless adventures and ordinary life pleasures, in-cluding frequent trips to the hardware store for his projects. The love and hap-piness they shared with each other and their family and friends was the defin-ing element in their life together.
David Mack was an educator who believed that schools could be better places for students and teachers to be. He was a minister, teacher, principal, state planner, and the director of a major national effort to develop states’ capacity to use research-based information in school improvement efforts. His proudest achievements were working with a Bureau of Indian Affairs and Tribally Controlled Schools Task Force to develop school funding formulas that introduced greater access and equity in schooling for poor children and working with his wife, Eunice, to establish the District of Columbia Public Charter School board and manage its first two competitions. More recently, he authored Mabel’s Journey, the story of his grandmother and a tale of immigrant experience and the American spirit.
Though David Mack leaves his family, friends and community behind, they all know without a doubt, his legacy will live on forever as they continue to honor his life each and every day.
David Mack is survived by his wife, Eunice E. Henderson; two sons: Geof-frey Mack and his wife, Kathy, of Manassas, Va., and Peter J. Mack and his wife, Penny of Long Island, N.Y.; three daughters: Beth Mack and her husband, Chris Ammons, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., Jennifer Hill and her husband, Paul, of Front Royal, Va., and Marcella Rene Turk of Princeton, N.J.; one brother, Jerold Mack and his wife, Pat, of Gilbert, Ariz; one sister, Linda West and her husband, Gary, of Sugar Grove, Pa.: and six grandchildren: Jarred Hill and his wife, Kat Wallace, Corbin Mack, Kayla MackAmmons, David Mack, Thomas Mack, and Jordan Mack. He was pre-ceded in death by his first wife, Nancye Neathery Halm.
The date and time of a celebration of David Philip Mack’s life will be an-nounced at a later date. Please visit his life memori-al webpage and sign his on-line guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.