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David J. Mayer, November 4, 1931 - November 20, 2019

David J. Mayer
David J. Mayer
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David Mayer, age 88, was called home to our Lord on November 20, 2019. He died peacefully at home with his wife and family by his side. 

David was born November 4, 1931 to Valentine and Frances (Bain) Mayer in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

David graduated from Altoona High School in 1949. He was drafted into the Army in 1950, here he served as Military Police and a Cadet Instructor at Camp Gordon MP Replacement Training Center for two years.

David married the love of his life, Patricia (O’Donahoe), on May 21, 1955 and shared 64 wonderful years. Together they would have five children.

In Dave’s early years he worked part time for the Union Construction Truck Company, the Altoona Fire Department, the Eau Claire Ambulance Company, before joining the Eau Claire Sheriff Department as a Patrol Officer. David would later take on a part-time job as a bouncer for the Left Guard and Midway Inn in Eau Claire, while still working for the Eau Claire Sheriff Department.

David retired from the Eau Claire County Sheriff Department after 31 years. Being a law enforcement officer made David very proud. He served as a Patrol Officer for 9 years, Detective Sargent for 12 years and a Lieutenant of the Eau Claire County Jail for 10 years, before he retired. In his many years of law enforcement, he graduated from the FBI academy in 1975, served as President of the FBI National Academy- Wisconsin Chapter in 1983. He graduated from the Southern Police Institute Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, Federal Bureau of Investigation United State Department of Justice. He attended the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and was a member of the Wisconsin Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff Association. David was willing to help in any way he could, to do his best and teach other officers when they would join the force. He was truly respected by his peers. He lived by his own creed, treated every man with fairness and honesty.

David loved his wife and always wanted her by his side. Always making sure she was happy and giving her everything she needed or wanted. He did the same for his kids. His family was always his first priority. He had a special and caring way about him. He spent his off time with his family and made sure vacations were a great memory.

He loved to hunt and fish in his lifetime and spent many weeks doing so with his wife, family and friends. In the fall he and his wife would spend weeks up north at the Yellow Lake Lodge with Dickie Do, who was like a brother to Dave. David was also a big Green Bay Packer Fan and would have his family around him on game day! David was an all-around great man and was loved by many relatives and friends. Some he lost and some he left behind. He was deeply loved and will truly be missed.

David leaves behind his wife, Patricia; daughter-in-law, Peggi Mayer; children, Teresa Mayer, Renee (Mike) Hanson, Mike (Shannon) Mayer, and Christina (Clint) Heiman; grandchildren, Ray Mayer, Adam Mayer, Matthew Mayer, Taylor Mayer, Ruth Lambert, Samantha (Adam) Johnson, Danielle Hanson, Kelsey Hanson, Travis (Lacy) Mayer, Kyle Kortney, and Katelyn Heiman; great-grandchildren, Madison Lambert, Emma Johnson, Teegan, Kendel, and Brayln.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Val and Frances; son, Arthur; infant grandchildren, Victoria, Joshua, and Douglas Heiman.

Funeral services will take place at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at St. Mary's Catholic Church 1812, Lynn Avenue, Altoona, WI 54720 with Father Derek Sakowski officiating.  Burial with military honors will take place in the Rest Haven Cemetery in the Town of Washington.  Visitation will take place Monday evening, December 2, 2019 from 4-7 pm at Hulke Family Funeral Home.  Visitation will continue on Tuesday at the church from 11:30 am until the time of service.

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Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Becky(O'Donahoe)Weinstein December 11, 2019

    My dearest family please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of (Uncle) Dave.
    He is missed, and he is loved.
    I have precious memories of times spent at the Altoona property during my childhood, with cousin's Aunt and Uncle on the 4th July for fireworks, picnics etc.
    As an adult when I would come home for a visit he would see me and always greeted me with a big smile and asked" How's it going California"...he's the only one who called me "California" I found it quite endearing. :)
    And that memory will always make me miss him.
    I will miss seeing you Uncle Dave on my annual trip home next summer, but my memories of all our visits...they'll last forever.
    Until we meet again in heaven :)
    Love ya, Becky

  2. Heather O’Donahoe and family December 2, 2019

    I am so sorry for your (mine too) loss. Uncle David was such a special man in my life. I have never met a more kind individual, a match to no one other than Aunt Pat. I remember so fondly visiting their home with the rabbits, ducks, horses, turkeys, dogs, and deer and an abundance of flowers and gardens. To me, it was a magical place with family, fun and laughter around every corner. Please know Uncle David will forever hold a very special place in my heart. “Hezzy” knows he is with his maker and he and God are chuckling away at how sad we are....but should know he is just fine keeping tabs on the people he loves the most. Luv you Uncle David, and your wife, children, and grandchildren. Always in my heart.

  3. Jeffrey Kruithoff December 2, 2019

    As the National Chaplain for the FBI National Academy Associates, please accept the thoughts and prayers from our 16,000 plus members representing 174 countries that our classmate David will be missed and his memory honored.

  4. David Collins December 2, 2019

    To the Family of David Mayer,
    I got to know David through the training conferences put on by the Wisconsin Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs Association. He had a distinguished career and was a dedicated member of the WS&DSA. It was an honor to have served alongside him. He will be missed.
    David Collins
    Retired Superintendent
    Wisconsin State Patrol

  5. Dave Malone December 2, 2019

    The BEST detective I had the honor to work with!

  6. Shirley Madsen November 28, 2019

    My thoughts and prayers to Pat and the Meyer family. Sorry for your loss. I enjoyed all the conversations we had when he had his eye exams. ????????

  7. Tim & Pat Fenner November 28, 2019

    Pat and Family:
    We just learned of Dave’s passing and are heartbroken over your loss. He was a great guy and will be missed.

  8. stacey curtis November 22, 2019

    Dear neighbors,
    We are thinking of you all and so sorry for your loss.
    Jeff & Stacey