David Royden Brockmann


David Royden Brockmann, age 80, of Memphis, TN passed away Thursday, Oct. 7. He was born Feb. 25, 1941 in St. Louis, MO to the late Rev. Ernest A. Brockmann and Hilda Possehl Brockmann. When David was two, the family moved to Stuttgart, AR where he lived until after graduating high school.  He was a graduate of St. John’s Lutheran School, Stuttgart High School and the University of Arkansas. He served four years as Airman First Class in the US Air Force.

Once David moved to Memphis, he worked for Federal Express as Manager of Personnel Policies and Procedures and was also Personnel Director at State Technical Institute. David’s true love was snow skiing and while working for Adventure Travel, he co-founded the Memphis Ski Club. He led dozens of ski trips all over the world and always felt fortunate to be able to do so. He continued skiing into his 70s and loved taking trips to Colorado to ski with his friends and family.

David’s other passion was building and woodworking. He renovated an old home in Memphis and eventually developed and built zero lot line residences on the property. He also built several cabins at Pickwick Lake. In addition, David furnished his home and cabins with furniture he built. He loved spending time in his workshop.

He was also a longtime and very active member of the Grand Krewe of ENNEAD organization in Memphis, having served on their Royal Court several times. In his spare time, David played tennis as much as possible and enjoyed his Sunday evening matches with friends. He loved volunteering and most recently was a volunteer for the Friends of the Germantown Library. He truly looked forward to his time there. His time as a mentor in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program was also very special to him. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Mary Jane Hefley, all of Stuttgart, AR. He is survived by his brother, Rev. James E. Brockmann of Mesa, AZ; his sister, Myrna Estes of Cookeville, TN; seven nieces and nephews and their families; and longtime friend, Ted Wood. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Mr. Wood for his unwavering friendship with David, especially this past year.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. at Lone Tree Cemetery in Stuttgart. The family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m. at Turpin Funeral Home until the time of the service.

Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran School in Stuttgart or the charity of your choice.

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