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David John Schrenk

September 6, 1949 — July 30, 2022

David John Schrenk, 72, passed away on July 30, 2022 in Fort Pierce, Florida.

David was born on September 06, 1949 in Lorain, Ohio to parents, Frederick J. and Mary Evelyn Wainscott Schrenk. He graduated from John Marshall High School in Cleveland, Ohio before going on to join the United States Navy. In the Navy, Dave was an Aviation Machinist’s Mate Petty Officer 3rd Class (ADR 3) and worked on NC121K aircraft operated by Squadron VXN-8 for ocean survey at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, MD and Roosevelt Roads Naval Station, PR. David also volunteered as a tech manager for a wild dolphin project in West End, Bahamas. While there, he fell in love with dolphins, which later inspired him to found The Treasure Coast Dolphin Project, whose goal was to generate public awareness, pride, and data about the Indian River Lagoon resident dolphin population. After that, dolphins became his signature logo.

Through the years, Dave also worked for several other companies, including Advanced Machine and Tool, Duracell Electrical and Component Manufacturing, Seamco, a once dominant racquetball manufacturer under Dart Industries, Barwell, a global leader in design development manufacturing and supplier of rubber processing machinery, and as a Marine Johnson Outboard technician. David was a gifted tinkerer, inventor, designer, and craftsman concerned with the environment. He embraced mechanical challenges and even held a U.S. patent for an anode conductor for alkaline cells. Dave enjoyed good food and became known for some special recipes, which were almost always concocted with his long-time friend and companion, Victoria St. Thomas. He was also a devoted owner of pet cats for many years, especially Charlie and Spirit who, like us, will miss him greatly.

David is survived by his sisters, Tina M. (David) Larson of Birmingham, MI and Susan T. (James) Ungvarsky of Colorado Springs, CO; nieces and nephews, Anna C. (Ryan) McDevitt of Ferndale, MI, Katherine M. (David) of Falls Church, VA, Jason T. Ungvarsky and C. Jamaren Ungvarsky both of Colorado Springs, CO; great nephews, William and Samuel Sessa of Falls Church, VA; as well as many cousins on both sides of his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Evelyn (Wainscott) and Frederick J. Schrenk; and his brother, Thomas J. Schrenk.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of the following organizations:
Schulze Family Foundation Hope Lodge American Cancer Society, 12810 Magnolia Drive Tampa, FL 33612
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd. Houston, TX 77030 or
Aishel House, 1955 University Blvd. Houston, TX 77030 or

A burial will take place at Middle Bass Island, OH at a later date.
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