David Paul Van Zant

June 7, 1943 - March 9, 2014

06/07/1943 - 03/09/2014

David Paul Van Zant- Virginia Beach, 70, Dave…a loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away surrounded by his family, March 9, 2014 after a long courageous fight with amyloidosis, a rare, incurable disease. He was the son of G. Paul and Ellen Elizabeth Van Zant. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force, is a graduate of The University of Nebraska-Omaha and had a long successful career as an Engineering Manager in the private sector.
He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Judy L. Van Zant; three daughters, Alisa Van Zant Shannon, Cindee Annice Hansen and her husband Bruce, and Kimberly Sue Bannon and her husband David; five grandchildren, Haley, Carlie, Cameron, Libby and Tyler and his great grandson Brody. Dave is also survived by his mother Janice G. Van Zant; brother, James Van Zant and his wife Janice; three sisters, Susan Colbert and her husband Donald, Patricia “Pat” Koontz and her husband Bill, and Cheri Van Zant; as well as several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be Saturday, March 15 at 2PM at Altmeyer Funeral Home- 1801 Baltic Ave, Virginia Beach, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Boston University School of Medicine, Amyloid Research Fund, 72 East Concord Street, K-503, Boston, MA 02118. Online condolences may be made at altmeyer.com.

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Deanie Marolda Malfara
8 years ago

Dear Judy and Family,

I am so sorry to hear the sad news my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I have fondest memories of Dave and you which I treasure, our times in Aruba were special. Dave was a great man and he will be missed. Take solace in his love for you and family and God bless you and yours. Sincerely Deanie

Sherry Locke
8 years ago

Dear Judy, Despite Dave’s long struggle with severe illness and pain, I think of him as the young man who liked to be active and loved the outdoors. My fondest memory of Dave is when he and Tripp came to Baltimore to help clean out Dad’s apartment. I still remember them laughing and kidding around while they tried to stuff yet another thing in the UHaul. We will remember Dave as a great family man who took time to be with the grandchildren even when he felt awful. He will be greatly missed, but his loved ones know that he is now at peace.

Yours, Bob and Sherry Locke

Tommy & Debbie Bannon
8 years ago

DearJudy..Words can’t express how so very sorrow Tommy and I feel about the passing of Dave.He will be greatly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.God bless you all…Love you,Tommy and Debbie

Mary Foster
8 years ago

Judy and family,

I am so sorry to hear about Dave. He was a great guy. We had some good times back in the early years. I’ll be thinking of you. Take care.

Paul & June Keddell
8 years ago

Judy, we met you at Jerry’s group some time ago. We remember Dave well, the two of you and the support group provided a support structure that we needed then and now. We will keep you and Dave in our prayers. Godspeed. Paul & June

ANNICE /David Sampson family
8 years ago

Love and prayers from all my family

Greg and Marilyn Buhyoff
8 years ago

My extremely deep heartfelt condolences to Dave’s Judy and the family.

I cannot express the sense of loss I feel for the one of a very few people I have known who demonstrated the depth of caring, empathy, good humor, kindness and courage that that defined who Dave was. He contributed to the life of so many due to his kindness and caring. I will live with the image of that glint in his eyes when he laughed.

Dave and I had so many wonderful times together enjoying shared loves of interests. During those years I always was taken by his generosity and kindness to me and all knew him. He was one of those very special people who made such an impression on me, that I can truly say he affected my life in so many positive ways such that I would be proud if I could say I had his attributes. I cannot describe my own sense of loss because of its depth of feeling. But, Dave will live on in my heart and for the example he set for his goodness, caring, empathy, and courage. I truly loved him.

Greg Buhyoff

Alex C. Van Zant
8 years ago

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Godspeed.

Marie Geist
8 years ago

Oh Judy, my heart goes out to you all. Dave was an awesome man, and was one of the bravest people I ever knew; he fought so hard, but is now resting and in God’s peace; I pray that peace for you, with all my love.

Jerry Walton
8 years ago

Our fond memories, thoughts and prayers and those of the local support group are with Judy and the Van Zant family. As original members of the group since it’s first meeting in August of 2007, you contributed immensely and became close friends of many, for which we were and continue to be blessed. After Dave’s initial multiple myeloma diagnosis was changed to amyloidosis, you remained with the group, and helped many others impacted by one or both of the diseases. Thank you for your loving service to many. We will continue to feel Dave’s presence in our lives and at our meetings, as he looks upon us from a higher place. May he rest in peace. Sincerely, Jerry and Lindsay Walton.

Bob Black
8 years ago

Rest in peace my Uncle. You will be missed by many and blessed are all of us to have had you. While we lived far apart and didn’t see each other much in many years, it is painful to say goodbye. It does bring a smile to my heart that you and my Dad are hanging out again. All of my love and prayers to my family and his friends who will miss him.

Al Misener
8 years ago

You have to be a friend to have a friend. Dave was a champion at being a friend & that is why he had so many friends. We have lost one of our best. Our prayers go with Judy and the entire family. God bless….The Misener Family

Patsi & Joe Walton
8 years ago

You were a wonderful wife to Dave during his suffering! Hearfelt Condolences to you and your family and love to all!

Patsi and Joe