Dr. David C. Stangel
Jan. 5, 1952 — Aug. 22, 2016

Dr. David C. Stangel, 64, passed away on August 22, 2016, in Spring Valley, Calif. A Celebration of Life was held on September 1 at Glen Abbey Memorial Park, Chapel of Roses, in Bonita, Calif. A graveside service and burial will take place at 12:00 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, at Prairie Home Cemetery in Dave’s hometown of Waukesha.

Dave was born in Waukesha on January 5, 1952, to Joseph B. and Julia P. Stangel.

In high school, Dave played clarinet in the marching band and in his junior year, as a member of the high school gymnastics team, was named state champion on still rings. He graduated from Waukesha South High School in 1970.

Dave continued competing as a gymnast when he attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where he graduated with a B.S in biology in 1974.

In 1978, after graduating from Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, Dave moved to San Diego to serve in the United States Navy as a naval dentist. After retiring from military service as a lieutenant, Dave practiced dentistry at Bonita Dental, in Bonita, Calif. It was in San Diego, on Oct. 30, 1982, that Dave married the love of his life, Patricia M. Garcia. Dave and Trish resided in the San Diego area all their married life.

Dave retired from dentistry in 2010. In retirement, Dave enjoyed playing his saxophone, gardening, traveling, skiing, scuba diving, and catching up with his pals from Waukesha and La Crosse.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Julia Stangel; brother, Gerald Stangel, and stepdaughter, Jessica Garza.

He is survived by his wife, Trish Stangel; brother, Lee Stangel; sister, Laura Stangel Schmidt; stepson Jesus Roberto Garza; four grandchildren, and one great grandchild, as well as two brothers-in-law: Coco Garcia and Kurt Schmidt; four sisters- in-law: Claudia Garcia, Georgina Garcia, Ana Grobe, and Lupita Anderson, and several nieces and nephews.