David Carey Obituary, 71,Cedar Rapids, Former Member Of The Post Script Ensemble Has Died

David Carey Obituary, Death –  After a brief illness, 71-year-old Cedar Rapids resident J. David Carey died at Mercy Medical Center on March 25, 2024. The Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home will host a visitation on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, from 4 to 7 p.m. A Celebration of Life Service will be planned later.

J. David Carey was born November 14, 1952, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. His parents were John and Dorothy Carey. In addition to financial support, his extended family helped found the Cedar Rapids Community Theater. David’s aunts were part in Playtime Poppy, and his father appeared in a play at Grant Wood’s art studio, where David would eventually live.

After attending Arthur and Franklin schools, he graduated from Washington High School in 1970. He started playing in Auntie Mame at Cedar Rapids Community Theater as a child. He performed in several high school shows. He lovingly called himself a “theatre jock.” If you can believe it, he was a Young Republican and a member of The Gambling and Gourmet Society, which involved gambling but no cooking.

J. David biked around Europe with his friends in the summer after graduating high school before attending Iowa State University. He majored in biology to emulate Jacques Costeau on TV. But he soon found that performing was more fun than studying science, so he switched to theater at the University of Northern Iowa (with a biology minor).

He joined a popular Cedar Rapids improv comedy company after graduating. Tim Boyle, Richard Barker, and Nina Swanson were his colleagues. He also participated in the Post Script Ensemble, which promoted Community Theater.

He briefly tried performing in Seattle and managed a touring theater group in Minneapolis before returning to Iowa and earning a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration from the University of Iowa. In the 1980s, he moved to Cheyenne to work for the State Arts Council. David learned about rodeos while fishing, trekking, and camping in the bush. He bought cowboy boots and a hat while searching for a job-appropriate costume.

He returned to Cedar Rapids and became the Symphony’s Marketing Director for several years. He also answered Foundation 2’s crisis hotline. He met his future wife, Alex, a volunteer there. Grant Wood’s art studio at 5 Turner Alley was their new home. He returned to the community theater (TCR) as Marketing Director and directed several productions to satisfy his passion for theater. David said he became TCR’s financial and IT administrator. This followed the Peter Principle.

David helped start Cedar Rapids Counseling & Psychotherapy, which featured Alex and other therapists, while working for TCR. He served as their reliable business manager, IT consultant, and general jack-of-all-trades for almost a decade.

David retired in 2018. He attended several senior classes at the University of Iowa and Coe College with Alex after retiring. They visited film festivals and theater performances while traveling. David loved nature all his life. As a DNR volunteer, he sowed prairie seeds in his garden and enjoyed bird watching and frog counting after the 2020 Derecho.

They acquired a cabin on a Lake Odessa wildlife refuge in southeast Iowa. He and Alex, together with their friends Cal and Lynne, spent a lot of time paddling, kayaking, hiking, and birdwatching on the porch. Cal and David fought over who could attract the most goldfinches to their feeders. David has always claimed victory.

His niece Jessica calls him a beloved “Uncle Weirdo.” David was a loyal husband, a calm and reliable friend, a reliable colleague, a hilarious and irreverent companion, and a trustworthy coworker. One of the best. He will be missed but remembered forever.

Following David’s death, his wife Alexandria Carey, sisters-in-law Lynn (Craig) Hanna, Dawn Krambeer, and Leah Strommer, nieces Jessica (Scott) Carey, Sarah (Kyle) Hanna, Jordan Hanna, and Sydney Strommer, and nephews Matthew Carey, David Hanna, and Brandon (Jordyn) Strommer remain. His brother Michael Edward Carey, sister Peachie Carey (Dorothy Sophian Carey), niece Abigail Sophian Carey, and parents John Frick Carey and Dorothy Murphy Keck died before him. He was the last immediate relative.

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