David M. Ketron

November 3, 1938 ~ January 31, 2021

David M. Ketron passed away surrounded by his loving family on January 31, 2021.

Dave was born on November 3, 1938 to Henry Ketron and Una Vay Adcock Ketron in Stamford, TX. He was the youngest of three children born to this union. He has one older brother, Kenneth, and one older sister, Gerry.

Dave grew up in Texas where he attended school. His summers were spent at his grandparent’s farm at a small farming community called Paint Creek. He loved the animals and really enjoyed riding horses.

He was baptized in the Baptist Church when he was eight-years-old in 1946.

In 1959, Dave moved to Monticello, UT while working for Empire Geophysical (Pan Am). This is where he met his wife to be Claudia Ann Martin. They were married on January 12, 1961.

Together they had four children, David, Troy, Brian, and Brenda. When their son David was small, they moved back to Texas for a short time.

He worked with his brother Kenneth selling homes and with his brother-in-law Neal servicing wells.

They moved back to Monticello where they have stayed, calling it home.

They enjoyed many, many trips to Texas to visit his family there. They truly looked forward to their visits to the “Texas relatives” because of their hospitality and kindness shown to each of the family members.

It was always hard to leave and come back home. He loved his Texas family very much!

Dave had a variety of jobs including the Recapture Sawmill, Conoco, Black Oil Company, Dave’s Gateway Chevron in Blanding, Holsum Bread, Monticello Merc, and Hideout Golf Course.

He started working for Holsum Bread as a delivery driver in February 1966 until November 1977. He took a break to pursue other jobs and then returned back to Holsum until he retired.

This career brought him many nicknames including “Cat Tail,” “Twink,” and “Dave the Bread Man.”

It was hard for him to retire from the bread truck because he missed all his many, many friends that he had made along his routes. He missed seeing people, teasing people, and visiting with them each week.

If anyone asked who our dad was, all we would have to say was he was the bread man, and they knew immediately who he was. Everyone loved “Dave the Bread Man.”

He was a member of the Monticello Volunteer Fire Department for many years and enjoyed his service to the community there.

Dave passed away on January 31, 2021, leaving his wife Claudia of 60 years, son David and his wife Kathleen, son Troy, son Brian, and daughter Brenda. He also left one of his best friends, his brother Kenneth. He had nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and many good friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and sister Gerry.

Funeral services were held Monday, February 8, 2021 with interment at the Monticello City Cemetery.

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The family of Dave Ketron would like to express their love and appreciation for the many acts of kindness and thoughtful gestures of support to us, both before and after Dave’s passing.

An extra special thanks to the nurses and caregivers at the hospital who showed their tender loving care. Thanks to Dr. Nielson for his loving care.

Thanks to Danny Palmer of San Juan Mortuary for his service and tender care that he does so professionally.

Words cannot express our sincere appreciation to Dr. Crofts. He was Dave’s main caregiver and did so caringly and lovingly, and we were so grateful for his help in these many years of hard times.

Thanks to all who brought food, cards and well wishes. What a great community we live in. Thank you to all!

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