David Ray Ice, 67, of Denver, Colo., formerly a 60-year resident of West Virginia, passed away peacefully at his home on July 9, 2014, after fighting a courageous five-year battle with prostate cancer.
He shared the last 16 years with his soul mate and wife, Pamela Hoppe Ice.
David was born Oct. 5, 1946, in Sistersville, W.Va., son of Marybelle Lemasters Ice of Vienna, W.Va., and the late C. Ervin Ice.
In addition to his wife, Pam, and his mother, Marybelle, he is survived by his daughter, Whitney Ice Zanotelli (Matt) of Denver; step-son, Michael Hoppe (Hayley) of Minneapolis; and two step-daughters, Laura Hoppe McClean (Phill) of Denver, and Susan Hoppe, also of Denver. He has five grandchildren (and one on the way), Cordelia and baby girl Zanotelli, Piper and Paisley Hoppe and Rhys and Mollie McClean. He also leaves behind his three siblings, all of Vienna, W.Va., Martha Berger (David), James (Carol) Ice and Larry (Molly) Ice; and seven nieces and nephews.
Following high school, he attended Ohio Valley College and earned a BA from Harding College in Searcy, Alaska. David also completed extensive graduate study at West Virginia University in political science and public administration.
He was a Government teacher and Student Council Advisor at Parkersburg High School for 20 years. Concurrently with teaching, he served 12 years as education policy advisor, bill drafter and fiscal note reviewer/developer for the West Virginia House Education Committee. He then served eight years as Under Secretary of Education and the Arts in Gov. Gaston Caperton's administration.
Gov. Cecil Underwood appointed David to his cabinet as West Virginia Secretary of Education and the Arts. As Cabinet Secretary, he had oversight responsibility for seven state agencies and over 30 Boards and Commissions.
David then served seven years at Marshall University at Huntington, W.Va., as the director of Pre-Award Research Projects. In Denver, David worked for five years as a Senior Sponsored Research Administrator for Kaiser Permanente, a leading health care organization. He retired in 2013 when the cancer advanced to stage IV.
David enjoyed travel throughout the U.S. and the world, remembering especially the 1986 trip to the then Soviet Union, as leader of a group of 11 Wood County students. He also enjoyed baking and was a huge sports fan of WVU and Marshall University and the professional teams in Denver.
David's request for cremation has been honored and memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. today at St. James Presbyterian Church, 3601 Belleview Ave, Littleton, Co., with Pastor Patti Anderson officiating. A second memorial service will be held in Vienna, W.Va., at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 18, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 708 54th St., with interment of remains at Evergreen North Cemetery in Parkersburg.
In lieu of flowers, David requests that donations be made to the St. James Presbyterian Church, 3601 W. Belleview Ave., Littleton, CO 80123 or to the PCED-Prostate Conditions Education Council of Denver (prostateconditions.org) 7009 S. Potomac St. #125, Centennial, CO 80112.