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Sunday, February 12, 2017
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens
121 NW 60th Avenue
Des Moines

7:00 p.m. Rosary


Monday, February 13, 2017
9:30 am
All Saints Catholic Church
650 NE 52nd Avenue
Des Moines


Monday, February 13, 2017
12:30 pm
Iowa Veterans Cemetery


Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens
121 NW 60th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50313
(515) 289-2442

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David Mount

The blessed mother Mary led David Stephen Mount to his heavenly home on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary to begin at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at Hamilton’s near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 NW 60th Avenue. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 9:30 a.m. at All Saints Catholic Church, 650 NE 52nd Avenue. Interment will take place at Iowa Veterans Cemetery at 12:30 p.m.

Dave “Butchie” Mount received his first gift of life on April 27, 1944, in Des Moines, IA to Jack and Mildred Mount (McMenamin). He was part of the 1962 graduating class at Dowling High School, where he played football, basketball, and baseball. In 1995, he was inducted into Dowling’s hall of fame in recognition of all three sports.

He enrolled at Drake University from 1962-64, where he continued his athletic endeavors. After his time in academia, Dave Mount joined the United States Army where he was stationed in Germany from 1966-68 during the Vietnam War.

He was a gas serviceman for MidAmerican Energy for 28 years where he met his beloved wife, Sue. They then moved to Holiday Island, AR where he spent his retirement golfing and was an avid member of St. Elizabeth’s Parish in Eureka Springs. As his health declined, they moved to Iowa City to be placed on the heart transplant list at the University of Iowa Hospital. He waited four years before receiving his second gift of life on December 16, 2005, as the 221st heart transplant recipient.

Dave was a lifelong sports fan. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, softball, and even when he was bed ridden in the hospital, his competitive nature shined through games of cribbage. Thanks to his mother, he was a lifelong Iowa Hawkeye fan, and thanks to his father, he was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan. Thanks to his wife, he became a reluctant Cubs fan during the 2016 World Series.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents and baby sister, Jean Margaret.
He is survived by his wife, Sue of 25 years; his four children, Shawn (Doug) Drost, Chris (Tory) Mount, Kelly Mount, and Brian Mount; his two stepchildren, Peggy (Kirk) Peterson and Kenny (Julie) Cortum; 14 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren with one due in May; his brother, Jim (Susan) Mount; sisters, Nancy (Denny) Thompson, Jan (Tom) Tuel, Mary (Brad) Carey; as well as his many nieces, nephews, extended family, friends, and clergy.

Dave would like to thank the various doctors, nurses, and medical staff for all of their kindness and caring over the years.

Memorial contributions will be received by the family and later directed to various organizations. Giving the gift of life by signing up as an organ donor is another way you can honor Dave.

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