David “Dew” McCalla Dampman

David “Dew” McCalla Dampman, 75, passed away July 27, 2020. David was born on December 02, 1944 in Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated from La Marque High School in 1964 and went on to serve his country in the U.S. Navy from 1964-1967. During that time, he served on the USS Newport News, with an honorable discharge. David attended St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. He was a member of The Carpenters Local Union in Texas City, Tx. and worked construction most of his life.

David has reunited with his wife of 39 years, Melba Sue Dampman. He is also preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Phyllis Dampman, and sister Marcia Tunze.

David is survived by his daughter Laynie Conner and husband Chad; granddaughters: Kinley Conner and Addyson Conner; Sisters: Dorothy Hughes (Wayne) and Barb Dampman. Brothers: Richard Dampman and Bill Dampman (Connie). Brother in law; Jimmy Hall (Sharon) and son, Alex Hall. Special longtime friend, Andy Baccinelli and numerous nieces and nephews.

Committal of ashes will be Monday, August 03, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. at Forest Park East, Webster, TX with The Rev. Bob Moore Officiating.

In lieu of flowers a remembrance donation may be made to Camp Hope. (ptsdusa.org)

His very special gift of always creating smiles will be sorely missed.


  1. I’m so sorry for your loss. Deanna (Hume) Kyle, Rogers, AR

    Deanna Kyle
  2. Laynie, Dewey will be missed by so many. I have such fond memories of him, and all the times he made me laugh. Sending you all love and prayers.

    Sue Hamon
    • Layne, I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

      Rita Ojeda

      Rita Ojeda
  3. Our condolences and prayers go out to all of the Dampman family. David was a heck of a lot of fun, and we will miss him.

    Rodney and Christy Hughes

    Rodney and Christy Hughes
  4. Laynie, I throughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet and get to know your dad. It makes hearing the funny stories (you so love to tell), even more special. Peace and love to you and your family. Forever in my heart and prayers.

    Angela&Kendall Guillory
  5. Laynie, Our sincere condolences & prayers for you & the family.
    “Pierre DoDo” held a special place in the “Shep’s” family. He brought us many times of laughter through all the rough times he endured.. What a reunion he & your Mom Sue must be having…
    Barbara Sheppard & family

    Barbara Sheppard
  6. My condolences to Dewey’s family. He was a funny guy, and will be missed by the LMHS Class of 1964. May he rest in peace.

    Sharion Havard Moore
    Lexington, KY

    Sharion Havard Moore
  7. Laynie, I met your mom shortly after starting my part time lawn service back in the summer of 2000. She called me in response to a start-up add I placed in the Galveston Daily News. She said the name of my business- Bluebonnet Yard Works, caught her eye and she needed a new yard man. She said your dad usually cut it but he was working so much he couldn’t keep it neat like she wanted- haha! She wanted that front yard looking good when the neighbors drove by and told me she had dogs so David could cut the back! Little did I know I would still be cutting their yard 20 years later.

    Your dad proved to be quite the character and quickly became my friend. I always enjoyed attending his “neighbor night out” parties and he would always invite the Chief of Police. Most of the time they showed up too! I told him he didn’t need all those police stickers on his windshield- he could just use his natural charm if he ever got pulled over! He also told me that if I ever wanted to go fishing on the Texas City Dike just to let the attendant know I was friends with the guy that always brings them fried chicken! Too funny! I’m sure it would have worked if I ever tried it.

    I always checked in on him when I cut the yard- These past few years he was usually sitting in his easy chair watching The Price is Right. We’d visit for a bit and discuss current events for awhile. And if he wasn’t home I would call him on his cell phone just to visit. If he didn’t answer, his voicemail would say “This is David, I can’t answer the phone right now but leave a message and I will return your call. Have a great day and God Bless!” I will always have good memories of him and am sure God will return all those blessings onto him! God Bless you David and May You Rest In Peace!

    Kevin Pearce
  8. A part of our family has left us. Sue caught my bouquet at my wedding and in a year or so she married David! Fond memories of her wedding shower where I met her future mother-in-law come to mind, too. I could add so many things. Tom had some “fun drives ” with David and came back safely. He knew he could bring his dogs to our deck in case of a hurricane! He will be missed, especially by Laynie. After so many years I still miss my dad.

    Glenda C Butler
  9. To the Dampman Family, my prayers of peace and comfort are with all of you during this time. When we moved into the neighborhood, I always referred to David as the “green man” … he always gave me mustard greens… he really had an abundance of them!! Also, he would ride through the neighborhood in his car with his dog and music playing, but most of all he had that wonderful and contagious smile, plus something funny to say!! Our son and Laynie went to the same high school. David really enjoyed having “the meet your neighbor night” parties. I will miss seeing his smiling face, waving, and driving through the neighborhood….. Skyline Drive Neighbor

    Faye and Albert Urps, Jr.
  10. Laynie we are sorry to hear of the loss of your dad he was a very special person. We have many great memories of him. Our prayers and thought are with you and your family.

    Jerrel and Kate David
  11. Laynie we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. He was such a pleasure to be around whenever I would see him at the kids recitals or birthday parties. He always made me laugh, and was always so friendly to everyone. Our love and prayers to you and your family.

    Judy and Jim Faber

    Judy Faber

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