Maurice David “Dave” Pulsifer passed away quietly in his home, Thursday, January 14, 2021. Dave was born on September 21, 1933 in Williams to Maurice Dwight Pulsifer and Catherine Alice Brown Pulsifer.
He is survived by his wife, love and partner for 33 years, Amy Pulsifer, son Matthew (Jenna) Pulsifer, daughter, Robin (Alan) Ward, son, Vincent (Suzi) Pulsifer, brother Carl (Joyce) Pulsifer, grandchildren, Rachel (Brent) Hutzler, Justin (Chassy) Ward, Heather Pulsifer and his great grandchildren Mason, Easton, Addison and Emersyn Hutzler.
Dave spent most of his childhood in Arizona (Williams, Camp Verde and Globe) and had great stories to tell When he was half way through the 8th grade his parents wanted him and his brother, Carl, to experience “culture,” so they moved to Los Angeles where they owned and operated a pet store! He graduated from Manual Arts High School in LA. When he was a young man, back in Arizona, he was a true cowboy and drove cattle in the Verde Valley during the summer time. Dave was stationed in Germany during the Korean War and went to college afterwards using his VA benefit. He graduated from college with a Business Degree from NAU. Dave said one of his best experiences was serving with the Jaycees.
He moved with his young family from Flagstaff to Holbrook to Glendale and finally to Springerville in 1972. He had spent many happy times in the White Mountains both as a child and adult, so when TransAmerica Title gave him the opportunity to move to Springerville, Dave jumped at it.
Dave was a community oriented person. He was Commander of VFW Post 8987 for several years. He always appreciated the sacrifice veterans made and was proud to fly the American Flag. He was a long-time member of the Chamber of Commerce and was on the board for many years. He said he enjoyed being with the Chamber so he could meet and encourage the new business owners and make new friends. He was on the local hospital board for 17 years; several of which he was the president of the board.
One of his greatest achievements and loves was proudly working with the Apache County Sheriff’s Posse and the Round Valley Rodeo Committee to produce the Round Valley 4th of July Rodeo. He played a big part in keeping it one of Arizona’s oldest continuous rodeos dedicating 45 years to this project.
Dave loved his community and the people in it. Early on he began hosting a picnic for the people in town that he worked with, “Just to say thank you.” That idea grew and grew so every year the picnic got bigger and better until he (with the help of many other great hosts) was serving/thanking 600-700 people. He loved it!
He loved to hunt, fish, camp, cook and explore. He loved taking the road less travelled with Amy riding shotgun. Anything outdoors was his favorite “adventure.”
A viewing will be held Friday, January 29, 2021 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Burnham Mortuary, Eagar. Funeral services for immediate family will be held Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Burnham Mortuary. Interment will follow the funeral services at the Springerville Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held later in the spring or summer.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to VFW Post 8987, PO Box 337, Eagar, Arizona 85925