It is with great sadness that the family of Colonel David Manning, 93, announces his passing on July 28, 2022. Dave was born September 26, 1928 and was the only child of Reg and Ruth Manning. Originally from Phenicia, Dave graduated from North High School and Arizona State University before joining the Air Force and the Arizona Air National Guard. Dave’s love of flying, which ignited despite his fear of heights, began as a young child when he gazed up at the sky in fascination whenever an airplane flew overhead. He had inherited his father’s artistic talents and used them to earn flying lessons by designing the Arizona Air National Guard Copperheads insignia that is still used today. Dave’s career blossomed from the Air Force to the Arizona Air National Guard, where he rose to the rank of Colonel and became Base Commander of the 161st Air Refueling Wing. He was also a full member of Goldwater Squadron. Dave retired from flying in 1988 and served five more years at corporate headquarters. Throughout his distinguished career, he has won many medals, including the Meritorious Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Exceptionally Long Service Medal with four bronze stars, and Vietnam Service Medal. After retirement, Dave put his full attention and fascination in his golf game and his grandchildren. Dave could often be found on the course with his son and grandsons or in his favorite chair watching the Golf Channel. His talents were endless when it came to art – whether he was working with wood, car parts, or drawing pencils. He could find a solution to almost any problem and didn’t believe in buying the new model of any gadget when the old one worked just fine with a little tweaking. Dave is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Peggy, as well as his children, Dr. Melanie Manning and Dr. Michael (Jennifer) Manning; and four grandchildren, McKenzie (David) Roney, Andrew Manning, Daniel Manning and Jonathan (Samantha Onofry) Manning. Dave’s love for his family was deep and undying. He had a unique and special relationship with each of his children and grandchildren and was a perfect role model. Peggy, Melanie and Mike have many fond memories of cross-country family trips and beach vacations, where they all piled into a car and snuggled up with their pets to make the trip with Dave at the wheel. Dave never missed an event and often helped divide and conquer so there was a family member to cheer on every grandchild, even when there was an overlap. Dave has attended countless baseball, soccer, football and lacrosse games, tennis, dance recitals and athletic competitions. His constant and unfailing presence was a real honor for his grandchildren. They could always count on the sight of a tall straw hat with an ASU stripe above the brim in the stands. Please join us for a visit to celebrate Dave’s life on Friday evening, August 5, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Messinger Mortuary, 7601 E. Indian School Rd, Scottsdale, AZ. A private funeral service will be held on Saturday morning. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to help injured veterans at blesswarriorproject.org and Hospice of the Valley, hov.org.
Posted on August 02, 2022
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