Cazalet, David J. 1980-2020

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. David James Caz Cazalet, III, died in the early morning hours of Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. He was born in Hiawatha, Kansas, on Nov. 12, 1980. He was 39 years old.

David was a decorated veteran. He was medically retired from the United States Air Force. He served six deployments in war zones: five in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, earning both the Afghanistan Campaign medal with one service star, and the Iraq Campaign medal with five service stars, and numerous other military awards.

David had been ill with Crohns Disease for the past 13 years, a disease he developed during his military service.

David attended Brown Elementary School in Sweetwater, Tennessee. He graduated from Russell County High School in Russell Springs, Kentucky. He held two Air Force Community College degrees and taught classes in logistics for the Air Force. He was a technical sergeant (E-6) when he was honorably discharged.

He worked for several years providing logistic support for United Parcel Service (UPS) in Louisville, Kentucky. He was currently employed at Red Stag Fulfillment in Knoxville.

David was a charming and intelligent person with a quick wit and a wonderful sense of humor. He was a master of sarcasm and could make anyone laugh. He grew up loving Harry Potter books and movies, and everything Star Wars. David was also a talented athlete, who taught gymnastics at the collegiate level. He loved dogs and adopted one whenever he could. He was a fantastic amateur chef and loved to feed his military comrades. His family has been overwhelmed by approximately 1,000 people who have responded with love and sadness to the announcement of his death on social media.

He was preceded in death by: his maternal grandfather, Harley Law, of Knoxville; and his paternal grandparents, David J. Cazalet, Sr. and Madeline Hopkins Cazalet of Houston, Texas.

He is survived by: his maternal grandmother, Athene West Law, of Knoxville; and his parents, David J. Cazalet, Jr. and Nancy Law Cazalet of Knoxville. He has two brothers, Gregory M. Cazalet, of Knoxville, and Patrick A. Cazalet, his wife, Jillian Rolfe Cazalet, and was the cherished uncle to their three daughters, Ernestine, Alexandra, and Genevieve. He was also beloved uncle to Patricks son, Brock Cazalet, of Huntsville, Alabama; David has one sister, Katie Cazalet Brinser, her husband Charles (Chuck) Brinser, and the fun-loving uncle to their daughters, Riley and Harper; David has one uncle, Michael Francis Cazalet and the late Charlsie Meek Cazalet of Houston, Texas.

David was part of a family legacy of service to the United States, as David Sr. (Army, WW II), David Jr. (USMC), Patrick (USAF), Jillian (USAF), and Chuck (USAF) are all also veterans of the military, and each had their own impact on Davids decision to join the Air Force. The commitment and sacrifice to ones country was a core value to David, and to his family. We pray his service to our country will never be forgotten.

Davids father, David, Jr., is a former editor and publisher of the Hiawatha World from 1980 to 1985.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be no immediate services for Mr. Cazalet. His body will be cremated and his ashes will be placed in the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan on Cedar Bluff Rd. in Knoxville. A celebration of life may be held at a later date.

Friends and colleagues of Caz who may wish to make a donation in his name may choose from the Fisher House Foundation or the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. As published in the Hiawatha World.

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