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David George Adlesh

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“I had known Dave since 1st grade (he was a year ahead of me) and had the good fortune to have played Football with him at St. Anthony's both in grade...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Chuck Merino - Atlanta, GA

“Remembering Dave!I first met Dave Adlesh at Rancho Del Rey Clubhouse when I became the Event Bartender for the Montly Dinners. Betty with the help...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Chuck Hulen - Huntington Beach, CA

“Although we didn't see each other often, when we did, we shared stories and interests and had fun. He was a great guy who had a wonderful life. His...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Kay Gentry - Crested Butte, CO

“Dear Betty...Although I did not know Dave well I want you to know how deeply I feel your loss. I know Dave was the love of your life and his passing...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Nadine Stroer - St. Augustine, FL

“When I met you, you were just the new boyfriend of my mom's best friend. You seemed (to an 8-year-old): big, kind of handsome and pretty reserved......Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Sheryl (Skaggs) Wong - CA

“I just ran across an old clipping from the Long beach Press telegram ...I am dedicating it to Dave. " The clock of life is wound but once, And no man...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: geraldine swank - vista, CA

“DAVE I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER OUR GOOD TIMES WORKING AT THE MOBLEHOME PARK AND ALSO WHEN WE ALL WENT GAMBLING. YOU ALWAYS MADE THE ROUNDS CHECKING...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: NANCY RUBLE - CYPRESS, CA

“Seems like yesterday we were cruising the old neighborhood. Rest in peace bro. ”
8 of 17 | Posted by: Donna and Roy Conn - Friend

“Dear David....Remember when you and others were sent to Oklahoma City, OK to play for "Eighty Niners" the "Port Hole" was right across the stadium. ...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Carrie L Akin - Edmond, OK

“You were the greatest Dave! We love you and will always hold you in our hearts in everything we do. I am so lucky to have had you as my Father-in...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Kim Adlesh - Cypress, CA

“Dave and Betty were my closest friends in Oklahoma City. Betty and I visited Dave in Houston while he was playing with the Astros. Dave took care of...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Levana Lev - Woodland Hills, CA

“I loved Dave very much. I sent him medicine when he was suffering with mouth sores due to the chemo treatments..praying it would help. I tried to...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Michael Tatum - Oklahoma City, OK

“Precious family, Know that Dave is up there with Mel and they are laughing and sharing great stories. Love all of you, Linda ”
13 of 17 | Posted by: Linda Corbo - San Antonio, TX

“A classmate who I heard of before I became his classmate; a professional athlete who took that bigger than life reputation to legendary level; a guy...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Lanny Priest - Ann Arbor, MI

“Dave and I grew up together. We attended both St Anthony elementary and high school. I've called those days the wonder years as everything seemed...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Peter Talley - Baltimore, MD

“Dave is someone that I liked and admired from the moment I met him and miss him greatly. He and I would stand at the fence of the Bronco or Pony...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Charles Frye - Buena Park, CA

“Dave and I played JV football together at Saint Anthony H.S. I played fullback and Dave was quarterback. He was a true leader, a guy you would follow...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Richard Antekeier - La Mirada, CA


David George Adlesh was born on July 15, 1943 in Long Beach, California. He was the son of Hessie Mae and Francis Adlesh. Dave grew up in Long Beach and attended St. Anthony Catholic High School, graduating in 1962. At St. Anthony Dave was an athletic standout in football and baseball. He earned all-CIF honors in both sports his junior and senior years. He was offered scholarships to play football and baseball at Notre Dame, USC, ASU and the Air Force Academy. Although he loved football, Dave was also scouted by every major league baseball team at the time and decided to sign with the Houston Colt 45's as a catcher, landing one of the biggest signing bonuses at the time.

Dave played for the Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, California Angels, Chicago White Sox in a professional baseball career that lasted through 1971. One of the highlights of that career was calling and catching Don Wilson's first no-hitter in the Astrodome in 1967 against the Atlanta Braves. As modest as Dave was about his baseball career, he enjoyed telling baseball stories to anyone who asked.

Dave owned the successful night club "The Limit" in Long Beach with his brother Frank from 1966-1971. The Limit was a very popular night club at the time, featuring performances from rock legends such as Ike and Tina Turner, Jackie Wilson, Bo Diddley and Linda Ronstadt. Dave also worked the Southern California horse racing circuit for 17 years, running the press boxes at Hollywood Park, Santa Anita and Del Mar.

While Dave accomplished many things in his life, his greatest satisfaction came from working with his hands alongside his Son Darren. Together they completed hundreds of remodeling projects working together.

Dave will be remembered for his dry sense of humor, uncanny timing, funny sayings and more than anything else, his love and devotion to his family. He was a great friend to many and wonderful Husband, Father and Grandfather to his family. In recent years, his devotion to family was demonstrated by how much he cherished any opportunity to be with his grandchildren, watching them at all their various sporting events.

Dave showed courage throughout his life, and was never more brave as he battled cancer, never giving up, even through 90 treatments. He battled to the very end, when on the evening of February 15, 2016, Dave passed away at home surrounded by his loving family. He was 72. The lord took a great man who will be missed by many.

Dave is survived by his wife Betty Ann, brothers Frank and Ray, son Darren and wife Kim, son Steve and wife Mary, daughter Cindy Ann, grandchildren Ryan, Brannon, Andrew, Allison Ann, Nolan, Quinton, Aaron and Jonathan. Dave was preceded in death by his mother and father.

We will feel his strength, courage and wisdom someway every day in our lives. We love you Dad!

Memorial Service will be on Tuesday March 8, 2016 at 11:30am at Forest Lawn Cypress, 4471 Lincoln Ave. Cypress, CA 90630 in the Church of Our Fathers