David Brunton, Class of 1964

Posted Jan 31, 2022

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David Brunton ‘64 died Dec. 26, 2021. David was born on March 14, 1942 into humble means and grew up on a northern Michigan farm. His gifted intellect won him a scholarship to Otterbein University where he sang in the choir and won prizes for his poetry writing, eventually publishing his works. He was also in the Lambda Gamma Epsilon (Kings) fraternity.

David earned a master’s degree in English from University of New Hampshire, where he picked up the game of bridge. He went on to play tournaments with his mother, and he eventually earned the title of master. Most important, while earning his master’s degree, he also met and married the love of his life Sandy.
David was a man of deep Catholic faith and an active member of St. Clare Church, serving as lector and Eucharistic minister. He was a founding member of Men of Praise, a ministry for Christian men, and active in Families for Christ Jesus, where he made many friends and impacted numerous lives.

In his professional life, David served in multiple capacities in marketing and advertising. He spent many years with Leaseway Transportation which still uses the corporate logo he was instrumental in creating and ran his own advertising agency where he won awards for his creative work. For years he wrote a biweekly column for the Plain Dealer discussing trends in the advertising industry. He eventually found his favorite calling, teaching, and instructed at Kent State University and Lakeland Community College.
David will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, friend, baseball coach, chess instructor, pun master, and well-read philosopher.

He is survived by his wife Sandra (nee Euliano); children, Laurel Brown (husband George), Greg (wife Kira), and Doug (wife Tricia); grandchildren, Geoffrey and Christopher Brown, twins Grace and Henry, Evie, James, Louisa, Mariel, Ryan, Sarah and Jacob Brunton; preceded in death by his mother Marguerite (nee Caird) Brunton; cousin Patty Lewis.