V. David was born, Virgil David Johnson, in Portland Oregon on November 15, 1935. He was the first son and second child of four born to Oscar Johnson & Julia Mills Johnson. His mother passed away from tuberculosis when he was seven years old. His father remarried, Ida Jefferson bringing two more older sisters into the family. Born with an adventurous spirit, he was always into something. As most sons, he and his father had a conflicted relationship, when he was a teen. V. David left home at an early age. He had many odd jobs, he even worked in a circus at one time. In 1953, he enlisted in Navy and left Portland for good. Leaving behind his siblings, Rita, Ben, Oscar, Ida Mae & Edith.
Shortly after enlisting in the Navy, while training in Norman, Oklahoma, he met Betty Adams. She brought a daughter, LaWanda, to this union. In early 1955 their son, Kerry was born.
V. David finished his training and was stationed in San Diego in 1954. He absolutely loved San Diego! He disliked the cold, snow, slush and the rain he endured growing up in Portland. That year, he experienced his first 80 degrees Christmas. He had found his paradise here in San Diego. He would never live in cold weather again.
He met Carole Malone Inyard in San Diego they married in 1955. Despite Carole’s sickle cell anemia, they had two children, Julie born in 1956 and David, Jr. in 1958. V. David was discharged from the Navy, after Julie’s birth in February 1956.
He loved radio. He pursued his dream of becoming an announcer and voice over artist. He worked as a radio announcer at KIFM (88.3) while attending classes at San Diego City College.
V. David continued his classes at UCLA, but when Carole became ill, he transferred to San Diego State to be closer to home. Carole passed away in May 1963. After Carole’s death, he went to work as an electrician. He went to Guam to work for a year, to pay off Carole’s hospital bills. He returned home to San Diego, at 29 years old, to raise his children. With the help of Carole’s mother, Anne Lee and her sisters, he managed as a single father from 1963-1969.
Since his return to San Diego in 1965, V. David worked as a technician in the aerospace industry until the early 1970’s. He met his second wife, Barbara Woodard working in aerospace. They were married from 1969-1975. She brought six children to this union, Rashid, Kikanza, Hodari, Shirin, Michelle, and Jim. The aerospace industry changed after the Vietnam War. V. David knew he needed to make some career changes. He began working with SCACOP, a federal program, in early 1970’s. In the mid 1980’s, V. David went to work for the State of California until he retired.
He met his life partner, Carla Perrett in 1977 while working for a SCACOP. They dated and enjoyed one another for years before living together. In 1987, V. David began making big changes in his life. He and Carla decided to share a residence. Carla brought her two sons, Mark, Kevin and their families to the union. On September 13, 1988 began his journey to sobriety. That was the turning point in his life, he made a commitment to sobriety and never looked back. Everyone who knew V. David prior to that date knows that this was truly God’s work. He learned to love assisting other men struggling to get their lives together. He helped many of them learn how to make that transition. He had many talents’ but this was his gift. Holding study sessions in his upstairs office, attending meetings several times a week, especially his Sunday morning men’s meeting at the Alano Club for over 25 years. Because every day was a struggle, this was his biggest accomplishment. He celebrated his 30th sobriety birthday, this past September 13th.
After getting sober he pursued his love, acting. He was in numerous plays at the La Jolla Playhouse, Coronado Theatre and the San Diego Community Theatre, where he also served on the Board of Directors.
V, David is survived by his life partner, Carla Perrett, children, grandchildren, great-grandson, siblings, nieces, nephews and a host of family, friends, and many friends of Bill W.
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