David Michael Wardlaw
Services for David Michael Wardlaw, 56 of Palestine, will be held 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20, 2007 at St. Philips Episcopal Church with The Reverend Sam Boyd officiating. Chris Kolstad will be the reader. Burial will be in Roselawn Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.
David Michael Wardlaw passed away Wednesday at his residence of a sudden illness. He was the son of Carl and Frances Wardlaw of Denton, Texas.
He programmed computers to build drilling rigs for 25 years as a petroleum machinist. Once the oil industry collapsed in Houston, Mr. Wardlaw earned his associate degree at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas, was magna cum laude of his class for his Bachelor of Science in psychology at Angelo State University where he also earned his Masters of Psychology. Mr. Wardlaw excelled in his studies as evidenced by his membership of Phi Beta Kappa and consistent appearances on the Dean’s List. His commitment to school at mid-life is an inspiration for those considering career changes and adult education.
Mr. Wardlaw was a staff psychologist for U.T.M.B. for six years, stationed at Skyview and Beto units. In addition, he had a part-time private counseling practice for three years with special emphasis on counseling men and mentoring boys with absent fathers.
He recently passed the written examination toward licensure as a forensic evaluator, which allows professionals to conduct emotional assessments for the courts. Other licenses he received include membership to the Texas Board of Examiners for Professional Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor, certification in Anger Resolution Therapy, T.D.C.J. sexual assault victims representative, T.D.C.J. mentor, and approved for the continuing education units required for Licensed Professional Counselors.
David was a daredevil at heart and enjoyed riding his Harley, racing cars enthusiast, and teaching Karate. He was well known for his love of animals, but most of all, as an accomplished chef. He prepared dinners for all family holidays including his step-daughter’s bridal shower.
Mr. Wardlaw was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of almost 4 years Katherin Cloud Williams-Wardlaw of Palestine; step-daughter Ashley Williams of Tyler and step-daughter Laura Kolstad and husband Joel Blanchard of Austin; sisters: Phyllis Bonhard and husband Richard of Carrollton and Carol Holden of Los Angeles, CA, and many special nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Reed Dobbins, Michael Thompson, Joel Blanchard, Richard Bonhard, Craig Missimer, Ryan Bonhard and Eric Bonhard.
Condolence calls will be received Saturday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Stewart Blood Center, 815 South Baxter Avenue, Tyler, TX 75701, or to the D.A.R.E. drug program with the Palestine Police Department.
Jo Sullivan McCullough
I didn't know David had passed away. He was a nice person. I'm glad to see he had acheived so much in his lifetime. God bless him.
Thank you Craig for your obituary. I missed David's passing. What can I say--he was an original. We mostly crossed paths after high school, but it was good times. Playing football in Schultz park, starting that tractor out somewhere on airport road (ask Robert about that), taking the Rocket 3 out on the highway and showing him the stuff of the fastest production motorbike in the world. Of course, that led to trading even my bike for his Camaro. i lost track of David, as I did of so many others, when I left town. I think David had many fine qualities that we did not appreciate.
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