February 24, 1926 - March 3, 2022
Samuel David Vaugh passed away in his sleep very early on the morning of March 3, 2022. At the age of 96, his strength had been declining, but he remained kindly engaged with those surrounding him until he left to be with the Lord and his beloved wife of 65 years, Helen Baker Vaugh. Throughout his life, David was the good shepherd, always caring for others first and treating everyone fairly. Now he has moved on to join his Savior in eternal peace. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Born February 24, 1926, in Dallas, Texas, David grew up a child of the Great Depression as the eldest of the three children of Samuel Eli and Emma Arminta Crouch Vaugh, along with brother Marvin Boone and sister Emily Ruth. With the unexpected passing of his father when David was only 12, he began to support the family by milking cows every morning and evening at a nearby dairy and taking on other jobs as he completed high school. After graduation, David served with the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater of World War II and at Camp Pendleton, California during the Korean War. He met the love of his life, Helen Baker Vaugh, at the Mercantile Bank in downtown Dallas and they were married on April 19, 1952. Soon thereafter, they made their home in Richardson, Texas. David studied accounting at Southern Methodist University, passed the qualifying exam on the first try, and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1956. In 1959, David and Helen had their only child, Samuel Kent Vaugh. After providing accounting services at an auto dealership and the Dr. Pepper Company, David entered private accounting practice in which he prepared personal and corporate tax returns, performed city audits, and handled accounting matters for auto dealership associations throughout a professional career spanning six decades. “Good and faithful servant” are the words that best describe the full life of Samuel David Vaugh. He served his parents and younger siblings during the Great Depression, his country in two wars, and his wife and child through seven decades as a steady and loving example. Most importantly to David, he served his Lord and Savior at Richardson East Church of Christ, at Brookdale Northwest Hills in Austin, Texas where he led Sunday worship services, and in each and every thought and action during an exemplary 96-year life. “Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord (Matthew 25:21).” David is survived by his sister Ruth Vaugh Mitchell and her husband Glynn, son Samuel Kent and his wife Beverly, granddaughter Hannah and her husband Aaron, grandson Matthew and his wife Jessica, and great-grandchildren Murphy David and Emerson Baker Vaugh. A graveside memorial service celebrating David’s life will be held at 11 AM on March 20, 2022, at Restland Memorial Park located at 13005 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, Texas. The family asks that a donation to the charity of your choice be made in lieu of any gift of flowers.
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