Obituary of David Mann |

Obituary of David Mann

David passed away at his home in Walnut Creek with his family around him, on July 21, 2015.

David was born in Grass Valley on Oct. 7, 1933 at Jones Hospital (now the Swan Levine House) to John R. C. Mann and Florence Benoit Mann.

David had deep roots in the Grass Valley area. His maternal great-grandparents came to Grass Valley during the latter part of the Gold Rush and lived at Allison Ranch. His grandfather owned the Benoit Tavern (Swiss House) in Boston Ravine; the family supplied timber to the nearby mines.

David’s father started as a mucker at the North Star Mine in 1925, and became manager of the Empire Mine in 1939. David spent his first seven years at Spruce Cottage on the Empire Mine property, and then lived at the Empire Cottage until 1948 when the family moved to Scarsdale, New York. He graduated from Scarsdale High School in 1952 and graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 1956 with a degree in Mining Engineering.

In 1957 he married Anne Brault in Cazenovia, New York.

His first job was with St. Joe Lead Company in Bonne Terre, Missouri in 1956 where he worked as a mine research engineer, later moving to Sullivan, Missouri where he became Head Mining Engineer at a large new underground iron mine. When the mine closed in 1977 the family moved to Houston, Texas where he took a job with Exxon Minerals Company working on mine development, and spent a year in Perth, Western Australia on a gold mine project.

In 1987 the family moved to Orinda, California and David worked as a project manager for Parsons Brinckerhoff in San Francisco, primarily on underground storage of spent nuclear fuel rods and other radioactive materials. In 2013 he and Anne moved to Rossmoor in Walnut Creek, California.

David was a true Californian, spending as much time as possible every summer at his cabin at The Cedars. He loved the Sierras, where he hiked, fished, and skied; and also loved to fly fish for steelhead in British Columbia, for bonefish in the Bahamas and Christmas Island, and dorado in the Sea of Cortez. David greatly enjoyed his frequent visits to Grass Valley, where he would spend time with childhood friends as well as new friends he and Anne had made over the years.

He is survived by Anne, his wife of 58 years; four children, Dave Mann of Nevada City, Julie Mann of London, Margot Mann Hass of Orinda, California, and Sara Mann of Kensington, California; and four grandchildren, Eric Hass, Julia Hass, Jack Mann and Max Mann.

Memorial donations may be made to The Friendship Club of Nevada City.

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