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.

6 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” … 🙂

  4. Joey

    Just the other day I was sitting at the dinner table having a conversation with my wife and kids, reminiscing of my child hood. Telling my kids of David who lived in the apartment above my dads in North Hollywood. My son asked me if I remembered his name and I replied David Dithmart. He looked him up and found this article and I can’t tell you how hard this hit me. He made such a massive impact on my life of how I both approach and treat people, how I’ve raised my kids. He was like a second Dad/big brother to me and my brother Alex, taking us out to eat at his favorite health food cafe, to the parks and to the beach. He seemed to always know where all the actors hung out, even got me a few autographs…..he also played a few pranks on me, having me go ask people for autographs who weren’t even actors. He would get such a huge kick out of it. My fondest memories of me growing up have him in it and I’m so sorry I wasn’t able to reconnect with him before he passed. I’m glad he found love and happiness, if there was anyone who deserved it, it was him.

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