David Vander Karr



David Landis Vander Karr went to be with Jesus on Feb. 6, 2021.

He was born Sept. 11, 1961, in San Francisco to Carl and Patricia (Casey) Vander Karr. He grew up in El Portal and Mariposa. He graduated from Mariposa County High School in 1979.

David attended Cal Poly San Louis Obispo graduating in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in recreation administration.

His hobbies included skiing, bike riding, motorcycle rides with his wife, Suzy, projects with his children, golf, camping, fishing, dancing and playing his dad’s Martin guitar.

He was a devoted Christian, husband and father. His faith, wife and children were his top priority. He ministered to many around him with his family. He made friends wherever he went.

David is survived by his wife of 23-1/2 years, Suzy (McCamish) Vander Karr and children Samantha, Carly, Tabitha and Richard.

Surviving parents include his mother, Patricia (Casey) and step-dad, George Hardin of Milwaukie, Ore.; step-mom, Lynda (Graton) Vander Karr of Midpines; in-laws Sam and Deever McCamish of Yorba Linda.

Surviving siblings include Richard and Karen (Balles) Vander Karr of Rainier, Wash.; Randy and Becky (Vander Karr) Rosenfeld of Friant; Jim Myers of Clovis; Rob and Dayna (Deleissegues) of Midpines and Aaron Vander Karr of Mariposa; along with many nieces and nephews and great-nieces/ nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Vander Karr of Midpines and his sister, Patricia (Vander Karr) Mann of Washington.

A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, Feb 13, 2021, at the Calvary Chapel, 3715 Oceanic Way in Oceanside, Calif.

In lieu of flowers the family is asking that a donation be made in his honor to one of three charities:




A memorial service will be held at a later date in Mariposa.

One response to “David Vander Karr”

  1. Alta (Lauritzen) Nagel says:

    The world has truly lost a great man. The David I knew was an amazing person! Too many memories, going back to kindergarten, and the Halloween parade, where he dressed up as a pumpkin. He loved others and he loved life. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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