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David Alexander Grelle

October 14, 1952 ~ June 23, 2022 (age 69)

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David Alexander Grelle, age 69, of Dallas, Texas passed away June 23, 2022. He was born October 14, 1952, and grew up in Boulder, Colorado where he graduated high school in 1971. David attended the University of Northern Colorado, earning his bachelor’s degree in education. He later earned both a Master’s and Ed.D. in education. 

David taught school in Colorado, Texas, and Florida, most recently at the Parish Episcopal School in Dallas as their special need’s coordinator. His teaching specialty evolved from elementary to various science programs, and finally special education. His innovative teaching approaches moved beyond the traditional classroom. Among his positions, he served as the Region 10 science and information technology specialist, instructing teachers on new ways to teach science, a science specialist at the Texas Can Academy, and an elementary science teacher with the Dallas ISD. 

David was always saving the world one child at a time. He was always ready to serve as their biggest advocate and was never afraid to stand up for their rights. Students and their parents were fortunate to have David in their corner.  He may not remember what he had for breakfast, but he could remember a student’s name from 30 years ago and a dozen fun facts to boot.  

David also blessed the arts with his gifts, singing and playing the piano from a young age. He was an active member of the Turtle Creek Chorale, the most recorded male chorus in the world. He always gave 110%, whether selling raffle tickets in the snow or performing with prominent figures from the arts community. 

David never struggled to believe in people and saw good in them, even when they struggled to see the good in themselves. He was a genuine friend and always offered a safe place at what affectionately became “Mama Grelle’s House of Wayward Children”.  Because of David’s love and compassion, there are so many people in a better place.  

He is preceded in death by his parents, William Alexander and Anna Laura (Manson) Grelle.

He is survived by family and close friends across the country: his sister, Cindy McCabe, and her family of San Francisco, California; Matthew Evans, Clifford Woeller, Joe Snider, Patrick Norton, and Will Turner, all of Dallas, Texas; Rich Faber of San Francisco, California, Jimmy Ashley of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Gina Funderberg of Santa Barbara, California, as well as a host of friends, colleagues in education, and students too numerous to count.

Memorial Service will be 10:00 AM Friday, July 1, 2022, at the Parish Episcopal School Chapel 4101 Sigma Road Dallas, Texas 75244. A virtual option will also be offered for those who cannot attend in person:  Zoom link:

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in David's name may be made to Youth First Texas or to Ranch Hand Rescue: Bob's House of Hope.


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Memorial Service
July 1, 2022

10:00 AM
Parish Episcopal School Chapel
4101 Sigma Road
Dallas, TX 75244

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