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David Quimby Day

September 25, 1935 — January 3, 2021

David Quimby Day was 85 and a resident of Harlingen, Texas for 63 years when he died Sunday, January 3rd, 2021, of complications from a stroke he suffered in 2010.

David was the first of twin boys born September 25, 1935, to Beatrice Hurlock and Newell C. Day in Burlington, Iowa.  The family, including 4 older sisters and his twin brother, moved to Davenport, Iowa, where David graduated from high school.  After graduating with honors from Grinnell College in 1957, Lieutenant Day came to Texas to serve in the Air Force, and brought his bride, Lois Fredregill, to Harlingen Air Force Base in 1958.  They raised their 3 children, Laura, David and Sarah, in Harlingen.

David followed his father into the life insurance business and devoted his entire life to assisting clients with their financial planning and protection.  Although that was his main calling, he also served as an elder for the First Christian Church in Harlingen and loved singing in the church choir.  It was his joy to also sing in the Harlingen Chorale from its first performance to its last.

Another joy was spending time at his San Cristobal ranch near San Isidro.  All three children, along with their families, enjoyed annual gatherings at Thanksgiving.

Although David’s last year was a challenge, he rallied through 3 hospitalizations and 3 nursing homes, and ultimately was blessed with peace, love, and comfort his last 8 weeks in the home of his son David, wife Linda, and their 4 children.

Memorial visitation will take place Friday, April 30, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Buck Ashcraft San Benito Funeral Home.  A Celebration of David’s life will be on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 2:00 PM at the First Christian Church in Harlingen.   After the Celebration of life, American Legion Post 205 will render military honors.  A livestream service will be available at

Memorials would be welcome to a ministry that touched David’s heart, Loaves and Fishes, P.O. Box 248, Harlingen, TX 78551, to the Gideons, for David trusted God’s Word, or to any charity of your choice.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Buck Ashcraft San Benito Funeral Home, 1400 W. Business 77, San Benito, Texas 78586.  956.291.4329

All guests should wear a facial covering and practice social distancing while visiting the funeral home.

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Service Schedule

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Memorial Visitation

Friday, April 30, 2021

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Buck Ashcraft San Benito Funeral Home

1400 West Business 77, San Benito, TX 78586

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

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