David was born on June 24, 1927 in Alpine, Texas to Thomas Nolland and Olga Shuler. He grew up in Alpine and San Marcos Texas. After high school David entered the Merchant Marines in 1945 and proudly served his country on a merchant ship during World War II. After honorable discharge, he returned to Alpine, Texas to attend Sul Ross State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a specialization in Industrial Arts. This is where he met his beloved wife, Alma Batson. They were married on July 28, 1950 and would have celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary in July.
In 1956 David & Alma moved to Seminole, Texas where they raised both of their sons. One of David’s greatest joys was watching his sons play sports; he and Alma made every game. He also enjoyed the outdoors and looked forward to deer season and fishing. For over 38 years David served the community as a teacher, mentor, coach, spiritual leader and friend to all. As the Industrial Arts teacher at Seminole High School, he inspired many of his students to also become teachers. He was awarded numerous Outstanding Teacher awards during his career. He also held office of President for the Seminole Public Schools Federal Credit Union for several years. He was very active in his church, First United Methodist Seminole, and the Seminole Rotary Club. He was a Master Mason, a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and Past Master of the Seminole Masonic Lodge #957. David was also very proud of the fact that he was a 4th generation Descendant of the Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. He never met a stranger and the friends that he made were friends for life.
David Nolland Shuler is survived by his wife of over 70 years, Alma Batson Shuler; sons, David Earl Shuler and wife Lori, and Tommy Lee Shuler and wife Glenda; granddaughters, Elizabeth Shuler, Emily Shuler, Katie Shuler, and Shawna Crochet and husband Ryan; grandson Bryce Shuler and wife Elizabeth; and 12 great grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 2 PM at Forest Park in The Woodlands, Texas, followed by a graveside ceremony in Alpine, Texas on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 10 AM.
In lieu of flowers, for those desiring, the family requests donations in memory of David Nolland Shuler be made to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
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