David H. Koontz

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July 22, 1927 – May 16, 2018

David Koontz
David Koontz

A resident of Laguna Beach for 47 years, David H. Koontz was born in Ottumwa, Iowa.

3 koontz Seal_of_the_United_States_Department_of_the_NavyKoontz served in the U.S. Navy in the Philippines at the end of World War II. He graduated from Carlton College in Northfield, Minn., and did subsequent graduate work at the University of Iowa. After working for Aetna Life Insurance on the East Coast, David returned to Ottumwa to manage his family’s third generation furniture store.

In 1971, David retired from his family business and relocated to Laguna Beach with his partner Jim Brophy, a real estate broker. David was a respected investor and spent most of his time managing his stock and real estate portfolio. David has been quoted on the front page of the Wall Street Journal providing investment advice.

David was passionate about travel and music, a highlight of which was a recent private jet tour around the world. David has served as a board member of the Orange County Philharmonic Society for many years. David, a Paul Harris fellow and third generation Rotarian, served as president and was chairman of the scholarship committee for many years.

David is survived by his spouse of 47 years, Jim Brophy; niece Karen Parker and nephews Jeffrey and Craig Koontz.

In David’s own words recently, “It’s been a great run.”

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