David Godfrey M. Czarnetzki
79, of Bozeman,
Mont., lost his fight to cancer Oct. 4, 2011. Born in Newport on Sept. 22, 1932, he was the first born to Joseph and Emily (Fitzgerald) Czarnetzki.
After he completed grammar school, the family moved to Jamestown. David graduated in 1950 from De La Salle High School in Newport, holding the highest all-around average in his class, receiving the General Excellence award, making him valedictorian of his graduation class.
In 1951 he joined the Air Force. While enlisted, he was accepted into the Coast Guard Academy. He was in the Class of 1956. In this time frame he sailed on the Eagle, one of America’s tall ships, swabbing decks and climbing the rigging. The Eagle sailed to Bermuda, Spain and France. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree in physics and a degree in math. Continuing his education, he did graduate work at the University of Rochester in New York, working on his master’s degree in physics. He was a physics lab instructor, teaching freshmen at the university.
David was employed by Burroughs Corporation in Pasadena, Calif., as an assistant electronic engineer, working in a lab doing studies on magnetic lines of force. McDonald Douglas and North American Aviation were next. He did a probability study on missiles over Russia. It was presented to the Pentagon and the contract was given to Rockwell.
David is survived by his companion of 29 years, Eula Lee Chapel. Lee, having previous experience in nursing, stayed by his side making him comfortable to the end. David is also survived by his three children with late wife Constance Bemister Czarnetzki. They are Michael D. Czarnetzki, Michelle D. Czarnetzki and Janine (Joseph) Cirrito, all residing in Fullerton, Calif.; two grandchildren, Isabella Cirrito and Vanessa Czarnetzki; three sisters, Patricia (Brian) Sladick of Oregon, and Mary Frances (Doug) Doss and Jeanne (David) Morgan of California; niece, Lisa Anne Ogden; nephew, David J. Morgan; and niece, Heidi Melendez.
His faithful Chihuahua, Beebo, remains loyal and continues to guard the blanket David used during his illness.