David A. Wyatt, 82, of Siesta Key Florida, died peacefully April 9, 2014. He was born in Amarillo Texas. He was ordained as a Methodist minister who spent most of his career as a chaplain.
After retirement, David served as PWSA (USA)’s first Crisis Intervention Counselor initially as a volunteer and then as a member of PWSA (USA)’s staff. In this role David assisted families across the nation and built the foundation for PWSA (USA)’s Crisis and Family Support programs. These programs continued to grow with his guidance and benefitted from his generosity of spirit, kindness, and professionalism. After retiring from his staff position with PWSA (USA) David served as PWSA (USA)’s Crisis Counselor Emeritus and was a great colleague and resource for PWSA (USA)’s Family Support Team.
In 2013, PWSA (USA) created the national Wyatt Special Education Advocacy Training (WSEAT) named in honor of David to recognize David’s extraordinary advocacy work for people living with PWS. David was a strong human rights advocate throughout his life.
David was the beloved father of Deborah Wyatt M.D. of San Francisco, and her spouse Andree Hest, Todd Wyatt, daughter-in-law Carrie, and grandfather of Garrett and Everett Wyatt of Pleasanton, CA. He was preceded in death by his four-year-old daughter, Dana. David was also the beloved adopted family member of Janalee and Al Heinemann, with whom he lived, and their children: Sarah and Chris Tenaglia, Tad and Gina Tomaseski, Tracy and Jeff White, Tina and John Kiel, and Matt Heinemann.David was loved by many, and will be remembered for his kind spirit, gentle heart, smiling face, and joy of life.
A memorial service will be at a later date at MCC/Church of the Trinity.
Donations may go to the church or to the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA), 8588 Potter Park Dr., Suite 500, Sarasota, FL 34238.