Col. David W. Saxton, 90, died of natural causes on March 30, 2012 in Charlotte Hall, MD. Born in Holton, Michigan, David attended a one-room schoolhouse. After graduating as class valedictorian, he received a scholarship to Hope College in Holland Michigan. In his junior year, he joined the army and finished his degree in New York University as a cadet, graduating in 1944 with a degree in meteorology. During the Second World War, Colonel Saxton was stationed in England in 1944, where he met Patricia Margaret Brown and married in June 1945. He received a BS in Mathematics in 1947 from the University of Michigan and an MS in Meteorology in 1956 from the University of Chicago. As an Air Force officer, the Saxtons traveled around the world from Washington, DC, Japan, Nebraska, Illinois, Alabama, England, and Hawaii. Colonel Saxton retired as Chief, Operations Division, HQ 1st Weather Wing, Hickam AFB, Hawaii in 1974. He joined NOAA that same year and retired as Chief, Basic Weather Branch, National Meteorological Center, National Weather Service, in 1984. Col. Saxton celebrated his 90th birthday with his family on March 17th.
He is survived by his beloved wife Patricia Margaret Brown, and his seven children, Anne Bristow and Amanda Saxton of Anchorage, AK; Louise Thelen of Hilo, HI; Barbara Saxton of Arlington, VA; Michael Saxton of McLean, VA; Ronald Saxton of Leesburg, VA; and Charles Saxton of La Plata, MD; thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A life celebration gathering will take place on Friday, April 6, 2012 from 10 am until time of Memorial Service at 11 am at the Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, P.A. Pastor Dave Huffman will officiate. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home 29449 Charlotte Hall Road Charlotte Hall, MD 20622