David Fric, 70, a native Texan, passed away at home in the early morning hours on Sunday October 18, 2020. Family and friends will gather for visitation Friday, October 23rd from 6PM to 8PM at Grace Funeral Home, 2401 Houston Hwy in Victoria. Services will be Saturday, October 24th at 10AM at Grace Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Pallbearers are Chad Byrd, Mike Laza, Ronnie Kurtz, Boy Romero, Craig Bice, Bradley Johnston, Ernie Helwig, and Mark Walton. Honorary Pallbearers are Ernie Byrd, Dave Billetter, Glenn Ellis, Mark Hagens, Oneal Murray and all the golfers from “The Fric Group.”
David born on Jan. 29, 1950 in Shiner, Texas to the late Joe Tom and Louise Marie (Kurtz) Fric. He grew up in Shiner, Point Comfort, and Victoria, TX. David joined the Marine Corps while he was still a senior at Victoria High School (Class of ‘68.) The day after graduation, he took off for Marine Corps Boot Camp at Parris Island, S.C. While on leave from Boot Camp David married his high school sweetheart, Gloria Byrd, (Class of ‘68) September. 4, 1968. David served his country in the Vietnam War from 1969-1970.
After returning home from war, David was chosen to be in the elite “Marine Corps Silent Drill Team” in Washington DC. The Silent Drill Team performed in many parades and half-time shows throughout the US and Canada. They performed weekly for the public at “8th & I Marine Corps Barracks” in Washington DC, wearing their dress blues uniform. David made Sergeant and after 4 years in the Marine Corps, Sgt Fric moved back to Victoria in 1972.
In 1973 David was hired at UPS as a driver and worked there for 30 years, where he received a 30-year safe driving award.
David was an excellent athlete and played softball for many years before turning that passion into golf. He was also excellent wood-worker, making many beautiful furniture pieces for the house.
After retirement, David became a voracious reader and an avid golfer. He headed up “The Fric Group” at Riverside Golf Course and spent a lot of time laughing and joking around with his golfing buddies. David is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Charlie Fric.
David is survived by his wife of 52 years, Gloria; sons, Joe and Troy and his wife, Maurixa; his nephew, Chad Byrd; and five grandkids; Kaylan Fric, Lauren Fric, Emily Fric, Weston Fric, and Channing Fric; sisters, Marcella (Fric) Ellis and husband, Glenn of Sugarland and MaryJane (Fric) Schramek of Dallas; along with numerous friends and golfing buddies.
Thoughts and memories may be shared online at www.gracefuneralhome.net.
Arrangements and services under the personal care of Grace Funeral Homes & Cemeteries.