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DAVID JON POP October 12, 1960 - March 10, 2018 Born in Mobridge, South Dakota to Edward J. and Gertrude (Sever) Pop, David was the fifth of six children and moved with the family to Beatty, Nevada in 1966, where his father joined the workforce at Valley Electric Association. David attended both Beatty and Amargosa Elementary schools. He moved with the family to Las Vegas, graduating from Bonanza High School in 1979. Later he went on to earn his A.S. degree in electronic engineering. Returning to Pahrump in the mid-1980's, David worked at P.J.'s Market before following in his father's footsteps to join the Valley Electric Association family in 1995. His career continued through his retirement in 2018. David was extremely proud to become the only second-generation retiree from VEA to date. David is perhaps best known for his musicianship on guitar and for his angelic tenor singing voice. His beautiful ballads would bring an entire audience to tears, to which he would quip, "Aw, c'mon, it wasn't that bad!" He performed for a decade with his beloved Nevada Silver Tappers all over Nevada and Arizona. He was a popular entertainer at pageants, community events and political fundraisers. He had a longstanding gig at the Longstreet Casino in Amargosa and also in Beatty at the former Burro Inn. David is preceded in death by his mother and father; son, D.J. Pop; brothers, Robert and Tracy Pop; and niece, Danielle Piccolo. David is survived by his wife and life partner, Linda; grandson, Aidan; stepchildren, Jennifer Banchero and Michael Conlan; brother, Edward (Carmina) Pop; sisters, Mary Lou (Don) Christina; and Lynette (George) Chevalier; sister-in-law, Betty (Robert) Pop; and many nieces and nephews. He will be missed enormously by family and friends. A Celebration of Life is being scheduled and announcements will be made when the plans are complete.
Published in Pahrump Valley Times on Mar. 16, 2018
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