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David Eugene Avera

January 31, 1954 ~ February 29, 2024 (age 70) 70 Years Old

David Avera Obituary

“Fear of death is fear of what we may experience. Nothing at all, or something quite new. But if we experience nothing, we can experience nothing bad. And if our experience changes, then our existence will change with it - change, but not cease.”

- Marcus Aurelius 

David Eugene Avera, 70, of Auburn, Alabama passed away on February 29th, 2024, after bravely enduring a two year battle with malignant melanoma. Throughout his illness, he was surrounded and supported by his family, and lovingly cared for by his wife, daughters, and a special caretaker, Jackson Wolters.

David graduated from Peachtree High School in 1972, and attended the University of Georgia. He was a senior software architect at Sybase, and retired after twenty five years. He had many academic interests, such as astronomy, philosophy, history and politics. He was an avid reader, exploring many subjects with a great appetite for knowledge. David liked to wonder, and learn, and lived by his self taught stoicism.   

David enjoyed many years, and many trails, traversing the mountains alongside friends and family. He loved backpacking, hiking, camping, simply sitting outside on the back porch, and spending time at the shooting range. As an audiophile, he boasted quite the record collection, and loved to listen and share his favorites. 

David was born in Macon Country, Georgia, on January 31st 1954, to Carol Eugene Avera, and Anne Darden Avera. David was predeceased by his parents, and leaves his wife of twenty seven years, Candice (Candy) Edwards Avera, his siblings, Nancy Sartin Avera (Mike Richardson), and Bruce Avera (Donnie), and three children, Caty Nation Avera (Sean), Lena Vera Cooper (Drew), and Meredith Anne Avera, and grandchildren, Sullivan and Tessa Nation.

An informal memorial gathering will be held at Grove Hill Clubhouse on Saturday, March 9th, at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, donations in David’s honor can be sent to Woof Avenue rescue in Auburn, Alabama. 

David faced adversity with a straight face, and often repeated the words of his father,

“Gettin’ old ain’t for sissies.”

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