R.I.P. David Allen Dithmart 1950-2010

Stacy and David

Today, we lost one of our own with the passing of David Dithmart, man in life of Stacy Jenel Smith.

Iowa native David was an actor whose credits included TV shows, commercials  and independent films, but his most widely-appreciated performance was at Mel’s Drive-In in Sherman Oaks, where he was a waiter known as “Double D.”

A dispenser of sayings, stories, witticisms, wisdom, sports analysis, inspiration, thoughts for the day, uplifting chats, silliness and, sometimes, free songs on the jukebox, he tended to make an impact.  David was admittedly a big kid himself, and he had a great way with children, especially his unofficial step-daughter, Darcy Rice.   Survived by brothers Robert and Terry Cram and sister Debbie,  David touched the lives of many.   He will be sorely missed.

A memorial was held at Sherman Oaks Lutheran Church (next door to Mel’s) Jan. 18 at 10 a.m.   David Slide Show Click here to see slideshow by Darcy Rice that was presented at memorial.

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About Stacy Jenel Smith

I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

5 thoughts on “R.I.P. David Allen Dithmart 1950-2010

  1. Lynda Cook

    I am so sorry to hear about David’s passing. We we friends for many years and I lost touch with him when I married and moved to North Carolina. It is such a shock. He was a good person. With such talent and potential. It is comforting to know that he found happiness, he had someone who loved him and whom he loved.

  2. Lauren Cheever

    David was a very dear friend of mine, one of the best. I was heart-broken to hear of his passing. To this day I still think of him. His wisdom, humor, and sensitivity I will carry with me always. Thank you for loving me David, and thank you for changing my life. I will never forget you! If anyone reading this knows where David was laid to rest, please post a message, I would love to pay my final respects…. RIP my friend

  3. Lauren

    Thank you Stacy. I was thinking of David earlier and wanted to watch the video your daughter made. It is lovely. Im surprised he didnt want his ashes scattered at James Dean grave with a note that said “you I love” … :)

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