David Paul Willette
Mr. David P. Willette, 65, of Ellijay, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, at home with his beloved wife Jewell Willette of 31 years by his side.
He was born Oct. 8, 1952, in Star Lake, N.Y. to the late Alex and Marie Willette. After graduating from Clifton Fines High School in Star Lake, N.Y., he joined the United States Navy, and rose to the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer (E9), Saturation Master Diver, where he served 27 honorable years.
His greatest source of pride was the time spent on the USS Parache (submarine), the most decorated U.S. vessel in the Navy, where he received his Legion of Merit, the fifth highest medal in the military. He traveled throughout our world, not only during top-secret operations, but experimental operations that assisted in what saturation diving is today, along with assisting in the writing of the U.S. Dive Manual.
He is survived by wife Jewell Willette; son, Captain Andrew Willette of the U.S. Army, his wife Kelsey, and their children, Owen, Andersen and Jackson Willette; daughter and son-in-law, Codie and David Burns and their children Lachlan and Freya Burns; brother, Jim Willette and wife Valerie; uncle, Tom Dudrana, of Florida; daughters from a previous marriage, April, Andrea and Annette.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, Veterans Day, from the Logan Funeral Home pavilion with Chaplain David Feathers officiating.
Military graveside rites will be performed by the North Georgia Honor Guard.
Bagpipes will be played by George McClellan.
Family will receive friends from noon until the service hour at 3 p.m. at Logan Funeral Home.
Condolences can be made at www.loganfuneralhome.com.
Logan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.