The Lord briefly visited David I. Shapiro on July 7, 2017, and took him home after 90 years on this earth in accordance with “The Book of Life.”
David became a Messianic Jew in 1987 and each morning studied and became a firm believer in both the New and Old Testaments.
David lived a full and event filled life starting in his childhood in Hells Kitchen NYC and ending with his retirement in Vista Lake, Manteo, NC.
Prior to WWII while still in high school in NYC, David became “hooked” on airplanes which led him to become one of the youngest Naval Aviators in the Pacific theatre serving aboard the USS Ticonderoga during the Second Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Northern Philippines.
After WWII, he earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California. He worked for Douglas Aircraft, then North American Aircraft where he contributed to the Apollo Moon program, and ended up being recruited by Hughes Aircraft. However, Mr. Hughes’ major lifestyle changes caused David to strike out on his own in newly emerging fields such as solar energy, fish farming, and eventually government telecommunication.
While caring for his terminally ill first wife Mary Ann, David started a third career as an author. He was working on “Not Invented Here” about the closely-held history of many government aerospace programs. He traveled to the Outer Banks, NC to finish up without distractions. Here he met and fell in love with Marilyn Muse after dancing at the Sea Ranch Resort. They married after a whirlwind romance. She motivated him to author another novel, “The Gigolo and the Gold Digger.” This storybook romance of over 16 years consisted of many ocean voyages and several moves while they were downsizing from McLean, Va to Manassas, Va to Phoenix, AZ to Marilyn’s home and proximity to her family in Manteo.
David was predeceased by his first wife, Mary Ann; a grandson, Stephen Mark Kroner; and step-daughter, Pamela Muse.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Marilyn Muse-Shapiro of Manteo, NC; step-children, Karen Muse (Jay Mankedick) of Kitty Hawk, NC; Angie (Dave) Melton of Gaylordsville, CT; Amy Goodwin of Lynchburg, Va.; and Mike (Loria) Muse of Manteo, NC; and eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Also surviving is a daughter Susan Kroner (Stephen), two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren who reside in Northern Virginia.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at Roanoke Island Presbyterian Church in Manteo, NC with Rev. Lorrie Ghering-Burick officiating. He will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.TwifordFH.com.
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