Longtime Merced, California, resident Kenneth David Zacharias ’69 was born in Modesto, California on Aug. 28, 1947. David moved to Merced as a young child and attended Our Lady of Mercy for elementary and high school. He received his B.A. from SCU and married his classmate and love of his life, Holly (Weiland) in June 1969. He earned a master’s degree in industrial relations from UCLA before spending three years as an officer in the Air Force in North Carolina. Returning to Merced with his family, he worked for seven years for Merced County before beginning his career in 1981 as a financial advisor for Paine Webber (now UBS) and was still working full time up until his passing. For several years he taught night classes for Golden Gate University and Merced College. Always very active in his community, he was a Eucharistic minister at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, an avid runner and mentor, past president of the Merced Running Club, and a driving force for Playhouse Merced from its inception, continually on the board of directors as well as serving as a past and current president. David greatly enjoyed his own time on stage, preforming the two-person plays Love Letters and Hate Mail with Holly for Playhouse Merced’s Valentine’s Day fundraiser. He was also a longtime member of SCU Board of Fellows. On Dec. 22, 2017, David passed away unexpectedly at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto following a massive stroke, which occurred while he was running, an activity he truly loved. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ken and Bernice Zacharias. He is survived by his wife, Holly Zacharias ’69; sons Daniel Zacharias ’93 and Brian Zacharias ’96 (Sarah Zacharias ’98) of Austin, Texas; grandchildren Emma, Tyler, Savannah, and Naiyah; brother Don (Linda) of Maui; sisters Judith (Joe) Girard of Venice, California, and Susan (Richard) Mahacek of Merced; and many nieces and nephews.

08 Nov 2018