David Calvin Henderson

August 25, 1934 ~ April 3, 2021 (age 86)


David Calvin Henderson died in Gainesville on April 3, 2021 after a long struggle with heart disease.  David was born in Daytona Beach, Florida on August 25, 1934 and moved to Gainesville at age 11.  He was predeceased by his parents James and Amelia Henderson.  


He graduated from Gainesville High School.  He attended the University of Florida and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in biochemical engineering. He served in the U.S. Navy.  During his adult life, he lived in Chicago, Il, Alpena, Michigan, and Neptune Beach, Florida, as well as Gainesville.  He was a residential designer and contractor in Gainesville.  A number of the homes he designed and built during the 1960s and 1970s are recognized as mid-century modern masterpieces.


David was an active member of Veterans for Peace and a founding member of Sunday Assembly Gainesville.  He enjoyed Gator baseball and the Gainesville Orchestra.  Throughout his life he was very concerned with issues, of fairness and had a great heart for the less fortunate.  The racial culture that he was born into and that persists to this day grieved him throughout his life.


David is survived by his wife, Janet Tucci, his brother James (Dorothy), his daughter Kristin Hamlett (Stephen), daughter Caren, nieces and a nephew, and many friends.  He is also survived by Rita Pendleton Henderson and Sharon Roberts Henderson, who were devoted wives and partners in life.  David loved the many animals who graced his life, particularly his bestest cat, Spike.


It was David’s desire that contributions be made to the Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery, Sunday Assembly Gainesville, and Hospice of North Central Florida.


Funeral arrangements have been made by Phillip and Wiley Mortuary, Inc. , Melrose, Florida.  David will have a green burial at Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery.

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Graveside Service
April 8, 2021

11:00 AM
Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery
7204 SE County Road 234
Gainesville, FL 32641

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