David Adair

david adair

July 27, 1954 ~ November 24, 2023

Born in: Norfolk, Virginia
Resided in: Fallbrook, California

David Adair a beloved husband, father and family man passed away into God’s loving arms on November 24, 2023, in Fallbrook, California after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest.

Dave was born in Norfolk, Virginia on July 27, 1954, to Barbara and Doyal Adair. Growing up in Torrance, he made lifelong friends at school and through sports. If the sport had a ball, he could play it. As a skilled athlete, he participated in the first AYSO soccer team from Torrance, continuing to the L.A. Coliseum where they competed against other countries. Starting with Little League Baseball he found his true calling as an athlete at a young age. Attending West High, he excelled in Baseball and Football, in addition to his academics, then becoming a Salutatorian for his graduating class in 1972.

Receiving an academic scholarship at USC, he continued to make many more friendships on and off the baseball field. Playing on the Trojan Baseball team as a freshman is where he met many of his Kappa Sig brothers, making lasting friendships that continued throughout life. He graduated USC with a BS in Business Administration and received a fellowship, graduating with an MBA in Entrepreneurship.

Dave began his career working for Allstate, earning the ‘Rookie of the Year’ and was promoted to management. He soon realized that his business education could be far more utilized working with his father. Dave teamed up with his father Doyal Adair who was a skilled machinist, and together the D.W. Adair Company was created. Partnered together they built a successful manufacturing company that produced many parts for the aerospace industries.

Dave and Lin married in 1976 settling in Torrance, raising their two children, Jamie and Devin, and later moved the family to Manhattan Beach. Here Dave could be found supporting and coaching his children throughout their school years, being a loving father to his children and a devoted husband to Lin. Family times were the best with so many wonderful memories full of love, excitement and laughter, being a true mentor to his children.  Whenever the extended family got together, everyone knew good times were being made.

Dave is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Lin Adair, his beloved daughter, Jamie Adair, and his dear sister, Kelly Kraft.  His son, Devin Adair, preceded Dave in death, passing away in 2006.  Dave leaves behind a large extended family composed of many in-laws, nieces, nephews, and all their children.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to South Bay Youth Sports where a scholarship has been created in memory of Dave Adair.  Please click on the link below to donate to SBYS.  Please indicate that the donation is in memory of Dave Adair.


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  1. candle 7We love you Uncle Dave. Thank you for the memories from when I was little to now. They will forever be cherished. We will miss your driving, funny jokes and witty replies. We will keep your memory going.

  2. candle 7Dave,…you were such an amazing friend, Dad and husband. We will never forget all the times we spent together. Thanks for being such a great role model to all of your kids friends. Our hearts are broken that you left far too soon. We know that you are so happy to be back with Devin. We will miss you forever!

    • We are heartbroken that Dave has left this earth way too soon. He was such a lovely man. A great sportsman and friend.
      We have fond memories of him. Sending love and prayers to Lyn and Jamie. We are sure Dave and Devin are together. Love, Barry and Susan Downie

  3. candle 2Dave inspired me to get involved with both the Mira Costa Football Booster Club as well as the Monday Night 45 & Older Softball League, both of which turned out to be meaningful experiences for me. To this day, I remain close with many of the people I met through those organizations. And whether it was competing against him on the softball field, sitting together in the stands of a Costa or Trojans Football game, or pouring pitchers at Grunions, Dave’s wit, wisdom and humor was usually the highlight of the gathering. He will truly be missed. RIP my friend.

  4. candle 4Lin, Jamie and family, we are praying for you. Dave was such an awesome person! I got to work with him in a business relation and as a dear friend. We so enjoyed our Kings hockey days, AYSO and USC games, Super Bowl parties and more. He will be missed by many. We are grateful his journey was shared by our family. We have fond memories of Dave and all of you that fill our hearts!
    Love from Gary and Betty La Rock and family

  5. candle 1I played softball with Dave on the 45 and over league in Manhattan Beach. great guy and was saddened when his son passed away at university of Tulsa. The memorial for his son was a great tribute with friends and family, along with former teammates and coaches attending at American Martyrs church in Manhattan Beach. RIP, Dave.

  6. Lin, Jamie and family. I will always remember babysitting the kids and Dave driving me home after you and him went out. He was an amazing man and will be missed. So sorry for your loss and I will continue to pray for you and the family.

  7. candle 7Dave was such a an amazing man, I remember going to the Dodgers game with the whole family and having the best time. He was such a loving father and husband. He will be missed. Sending love, prayers and my deepest condolences.

  8. candle 2Deepest sympathies for your loss. We have fond remembrances of Dave and great memories of the times we shared during the high school football seasons at Mira Costa. Dave’s beloved son Devin was a year behind our oldest son, Matt. They were good friends and Devin would be at our house often. Dave was, needless to say, a big fan of Devin and the Mira Costa Mustangs. He was early to the games and was often seen watching practice. Coach Morrow had very good teams in those years and Dave reveled in Devin and the team’s success. Rest in peace.

  9. I just heard of Dave’s passing and it’s very sad to hear. I played golf with Dave occasionally and always enjoyed our time together and his competitive spirit. RIP.

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