March 20, 1933 ~ April 9, 2019

Born in: New York, NY
Resided in: Aurora, CO

Dave was born in New York, New York to Molly and Maurice (Pete) Caster on March 20, 1933. He made his peaceful passing while listening to his favorite Sinatra songs and being surrounded by his family in Aurora, Colorado on April 9, 2019 at the age of 86. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife Karen, of 56 years along with their three children Susan (Andrew) Varra, Jim (Krista) and Michael, as well as his three beloved grandchildren, Meagan, Jake and Kalia.

He graduated from the Casey Jones School of Aeronautics in NY and was later drafted into the US Army to serve during the Korean Conflict. After earning a BS degree in Business Administration from Long Island University, he began his career with the Central Intelligence Agency (The Agency). He then went on to complete two master’s degrees in Business Administration and Public Administration from University of Oklahoma and Central Michigan University. In his time with The Agency, Dave and his family served in various European and U.S. locations while he rose to a senior position receiving a “Commendation for Heroic Performance”. Following his time with The Agency, Dave furthered his career in the Defense Industry as a Business Development Planner with Lockheed-Martin under President Reagan’s “Star Wars” program and later with Eaton Corporation.

In the early 90’s, he became an Adjunct Professor and Career Outplacement Counselor and began Freelance Writing where he was published in the Rocky Mountain News, The Wall Street Journal and many other publications.

He loved spending time with his adoring family enjoying a cocktail (or two) promptly at 5:00pm, followed by a delicious meal and an evening of dancing and singing. Dave never missed an opportunity to promptly provide a “5-Star” review of the meal – The Highest of Quality and Taste!!

Besides enjoying time with family, Dave enjoyed completing crossword puzzles, reading, writing and his M&Ms. He was very grateful and frequently expressed his strong appreciation for a wonderful life and most importantly, a wonderful marriage he shared with Karen.

Dave touched many lives and believed everyone should leave the world in a better place and he certainly did just that!!!

Memorials may be made in David’s honor to either of the following organizations:

Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado, 455 North Sherman Street, Suite 500, Denver, Colorado 80203;
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105;

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Visitation: April 15, 2019 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - SE Denver/Aurora
11150 E. Dartmouth Ave.
Aurora, CO 80014

Room: Chapel

Funeral Service: April 15, 2019 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - SE Denver/Aurora
11150 E. Dartmouth Ave.
Aurora, CO 80014

Room: Chapel

Graveside Service: April 15, 2019 2:30 pm

Fairmount Cemetery
430 S Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80247

Room: Staging Area B

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in David Peter Caster's name.

Alzheimer's Association: Colorado Chapter

455 Sherman Street, Suite 500
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 813-1669
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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105

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  1. We have lost a very special person who contributed through coaching others in their career. He was bright and creative as well as a good writer appear in many publications.
    Our thoughts go out to Karen and the family at this difficult time. Peace be with you.

    Pat and Richard Thorpe

  2. It was a pleasure working with David at Aurora Public Schools. His experience and personality was of great benefit to us all. Peace to Karen and the rest of the family.

  3. Peace and love Karen and family. I will truly miss my dear Digger as will all who knew him. May God bless, comfort, and give you strength.

  4. Dave and I spent many years of service together in CIA, the seventies were a unique time and exciting period for our country.He was a close friend and played a large role in the success of our West Coast operation. I am sad to hear he left us. May God Bless him and his family.

  5. You were such a big part of my childhood and it meant the world to me to be included in your family. You were such a smart, caring, funny man. I’m so happy I was able to visit recently and see how happy you were. My thoughts and love are with the rest of the family. You will be missed.

  6. Our condolences to the family and friends. So sorry for your loss. You will be miss! May he RIP🙁🙁🙁🙁🙁🙁🙁

  7. My deepest condolences to the friends and family of David. May your treasured memories bring you joy, and may ‘the God of all comfort’ give you strength, along with a measure of peace for your grieving hearts at this most difficult time.
    2 Corinthians 1:3

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