Cover photo for Dr. David Lee Calvin's Obituary
Dr. David Lee Calvin Profile Photo
1946 Dr. David 2023

Dr. David Lee Calvin

October 12, 1946 — October 16, 2023


CALVIN, Dr. David Lee, age 77, of Dayton, formerly of Zanesville, passed away Monday, October 16, 2023. David was born October 12, 1946 in Cleveland, OH to Charles and Josephine (Lewis) Calvin. He was a sergeant in the Air Force from 1965 to 1969, then finished his career serving the Navy, retiring in 1996. David took great pride in his work with the Navy Nuclear Program, Naval Aviation Maintenance, and attached to NATO. He held a doctorate in Psychology and was most happy when helping the less fortunate. He loved to travel the world, was a master chess player, and enjoyed woodworking and restoration. After retirement, David became a novelist, penning numerous mysteries and a young adult book. A member of Fairmont Presbyterian Church since 2018, David was devout in his faith. Above everything else, David was devoted to his family, whom he loved dearly.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Josephine Calvin; sister, Ruth Marie Keffer; brother, Dana Calvin; and nephew, Timothy Keffer. Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of 18 and a half years, Susan Calvin; son, Joshua (Adrienne) Calvin; step-children, Dennis (Monique) Penfield, Chris (Jeni) Penfield, Jennifer (Brian) Taylor, and Andrew (Jenna) Penfield; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Phil) Dandy, Aurora Calvin, Elle Calvin, Anya Taylor, Gage Penfield, John Penfield, Kieran Taylor, Maia Penfield, Hayden Penfield, Charlotte Penfield, Cade Penfield, William Penfield, and Theodore Penfield; great-grandchildren, Theodore and Benjamin Dandy; and nieces and nephews, Megan Keffer, Brian Keffer, and Erin (Ron) Cole.

Memorial Services will be held for David Monday, October 30 at 11:00am at Fairmont Presbyterian Church, 3705 Far Hills Ave., Kettering, OH 45429. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in David’s name to Fairmont Presbyterian Church.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Dr. David Lee Calvin, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Memorial Service

Monday, October 30, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Fairmont Presbyterian Church

3705 Far Hills Ave, Kettering, OH 45429

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 208

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree