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Dr. David V. Homme, MD, 1929-2023
 
DAVID HOMME OBITUARY
 
December 13, 1929 - February 10, 2023 Fullerton - Dr. David Vincent Owen Harrington Homme, 93, of Fullerton, CA, died February 10, 2023.
 
Dr. Homme was born December 13, 1929, to Dr. Owen H. Homme and Dr. Kathleen Harrington in Los Angeles, California. He was one of four children, John, Philip, and Kathleen, all deceased. He attended grade school in Lake Arrowhead, CA, then went back down the hill to attend St. John's Military Academy and Loyola High School in Los Angeles.
 
He continued his studies at USC and Stanford Medical School in CA. He then did his fellowship studies at Rochester, Minnesota's Mayo Clinic, interrupted by a call to the US Air Force, where he served two years in Japan as an officer and physician.
 
After his service, he returned to the Mayo Clinic, where he met Mary Brown Wathen, a Dietician interning at St. Mary's Hospital/Mayo Clinic. They married in 1962 in Lebanon, Kentucky.
 
They chose Fullerton, CA, to set up his practice, where he worked for 40 years as a dermatopathologist.
 
Dave was a man of many talents; skiing, tennis, boating, fly fishing, computers, and photography. In addition, he served on the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce.
 
He was a Doctor to many, David to his wife Mary of 61 years. Dad to his three children Ann Samiee (Jordan), Eric Homme (Nicole), and Kyle Homme (Rose), and he was Papa to his grandchildren Luke, Zoe, Sylvia, Oliver, Penelope, Morgan, Harrison, and Parker.
 
Visitation will be held Friday, February 17th, 5:30-7pm at McAulay & Wallace Mortuary 902 N Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, followed by Rosary 7-7:30pm. Services will be held Saturday, February 18th, 10am at St. Angela Merici Catholic Church, 585 S. Walnut Ave. Brea, CA. Burial at Holy Sepulcher, 7845 Santiago Cyn Rd, Orange, immediately after. Followed by reception.
 
Published by Orange County Register on Feb. 17, 2023.
 

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Hundreds of us, probably thousands of us went to see Dr. Homme. Maybe Dr. Homme more than any Sunny Hills doctor in the Age of Horses and Quiet Streets in Sunny Hills, the Age of Open Stretches of Green and Brown Hills, Young Dads and Moms, Days of Hope and Gracious Hospitality. I knew Dr. Homme only as my dermatologist, a gentleman of some formality, it seemed, an aristocrat in a white coat and tasteful tie. Surely he knew everything about his specialty, knew it forward and backward, had it all on the tip of his tongue. He was a legend.
 
I remember his office door, nameplate, the hallways and elevators, the scent of cleaning fluids, cigarette and cigar ash, sunlight and dust in the carpet, human fear and anxiety, wool and cotton, paint and 1,000 medicines. A comforting smell.
 
Dr. Homme was the last of the great Sunny Hills physicians and surgeons from the late 1950s and 1960s. Wasn’t he? Cherished tradition of men, Dr. Lowe, Dr. Minter, Dr. Bishop, Dr. Bishop, Dr. Kay, Dr. Mahony, Dr. Mongeon, Dr. Scheidt,  Dr. Zeilinga, Dr. Carnahan, Dr. Larson, Dr. Spencer, Dr. Griffith, and so many more. We owe them everything.
 
I have an amusing Dr. Homme anecdote for later.
 
An era passes