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TRACY, David J. May 5, 1947 - April 12, 2017 Broadcaster and college lecturer David Jewett Tracy, 69, passed away surrounded by loving family members on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, from complications related to prostate cancer and polymyositis. He was born May 5, 1947, in Mason City, Iowa, the third child of Eugene and Lois Tracy. As a Boy Scout, Dave earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was a member of the Order of the Arrow. He was a letterman on the wrestling team at Mason City High School, where he graduated in 1965. In 1967, he joined the U.S. Navy in San Diego, California. Dave served as a radar man on the USS Tripoli during the Vietnam War. Upon his return to San Diego in 1971, he got his first broadcasting experience working the night shift at KYXY-FM. He pursued an education in media at San Diego City College, where he met Christina Elaine Nelson. They married in 1973 and celebrated the birth of Anne Marie Tracy in 1975. In 1976, Dave earned his bachelor's in broadcast journalism from San Diego State University, followed shortly by his first job as a reporter at WMBD-TV in Peoria, Illinois. In 1978, his son, Robert Eugene Tracy, was born. That same year, he became a reporter at KDFW-TV in Dallas, Texas, where he covered local and regional stories through 1984. His five-decade broadcast career also included working as a producer for American Airlines, Westcott Communications, VHA, and as the owner of Dave Tracy Productions from 1993-2006. His accolades include five Dallas Press Club "Katies" for Excellence in Journalism, and a Cable Ace Award. Dave retired from broadcasting in 2006 to become a teacher. He taught as a substitute at Tyler ISD, and student-taught at Lindale ISD while he earned his teaching certificate from Tyler (Texas) Junior College. He then taught broadcast journalism at Carthage (Texas) High School from 2008-12. At the age of 65, Dave earned his master's in communication in 2013 from the University of Texas at Tyler, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Also in 2013, he joined the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas as a lecturer of broadcast news. A member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, he served as the director of the Mayborn Multi-media High School Journalism Workshop from 2014-16 and founded NT Daily Radio. Dave also wrote two books Tales Out of School: Lessons Learned and Gene: A Life Fulfilled, a memoir of his father. A loving father himself, Dave encouraged his children to pursue their passions just as he had. His role as father figure expanded as an educator. He took pride in sharing his knowledge with his students and imparting career and life wisdom to the next generation of journalists. He loved what he did, and countless friends, colleagues and students loved him for his sincerity, creativity, enthusiasm and love for life. He is survived by his immediate family: daughter Anne Tracy of Dallas, Texas; son Robert Tracy and his wife, Amy Tracy, of Richardson, Texas; older siblings Jeanie Samis of Cranbrook, British Columbia, and Al Tracy of Mason City, Iowa; a dear sister-in-law, Jan Hegenbarth of Mason City, Iowa; loving nieces and nephews; and his ex-wife, Chris Tracy of Sun City, Arizona. He is preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Lois Tracy. A memorial service is pending. In lieu of flowers, online donations may be made to the Dave Tracy Memorial Scholarship Fund one.unt.edu/dave-tracy-memorial-scholarship or by mail: University of North Texas, Division of Advancement, 1155 Union Circle #311250, Denton, TX 76203-5017.
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