David Daniel Stonecypher Jr., age 91, died Dec. 11, 2017, with his son and daughter by his side in San Diego, Calif.
Born on Oct. 10th, 1926, in Nebraska City, he was a dedicated student and maintained a strong love of learning throughout his life.  
As such, David lived near the learning center of San Diego State University and continued to take courses from various institutions into his senior years.
At age 16, David was Valedictorian at Nebraska City High School.  
He also was an Eagle Scout.  
In the spirit of adventure, shortly after graduation, he joined the Merchant Marine, served beyond World War II, and enjoyed many sites including Hawaii and China.  
He later again served our country, but as a doctor and Captain in the Army from 1957 to 1964, and spent part of his service stationed in Germany where his leadership was appreciated and admired by those under his command.
David graduated from the University of Nebraska, and then the University of Chicago with a Doctor of Medicine in 1953.  
While in Illinois, he enjoyed a residency in psychiatry which later developed into a corner stone for writing his book on geriatrics.  
He continued onto a residency at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.  
He eventually returned to Nebraska City and joined his father’s medical practice.  
His father, David D. Stonecypher Sr., and afterwards David Jr., were the first ophthalmologists to perform cataract surgeries at St. Mary’s hospital, at that time located on 3rd Avenue.
In approximately 1963, due to his wife’s, Anita, asthma David moved his practice to La Mesa, Calif., and became a co-founder of the Grossmont Eye Clinic where he partnered with Dr. J. Passmore, former Chief of Ophthalmology of the U.S. Army.  
Over the course of his career, David helped thousands of patients preserve and restore their vision, and enhance their quality of life.
David was also a pioneer in the field of geriatrics, and in 1974 authored, Getting Older and Staying Young, a book on how to maintain “vitality in later life,” understanding the psychological needs of the elderly, and how to care for them with respect and dignity.  
He spent over sixteen years researching his book, including a world tour studying various geriatric homes, and confirmed many of the book’s principles held true as he went onto experience old age first hand.  The book was reprinted three times.
David loved writing, especially at his log cabin, on a British Columbia lake where he spent his retired summers.  
Over his life, he published a number of magazine articles.  
He had a strong interest in history and was in the process of writing a book on the lessons mankind has learned over the past thousand years when he suffered a stroke which ended his writing career.  
Among his other interests, David had a talent and fascination with momentum and psychology based systems for investing in stocks and commodities, which helped to inspire his children’s careers.  
For pleasure, he traveled extensively with friends and family through Europe, Asia, Africa, and the South Pacific.
In his final years he battled Parkinsonism.  His body was donated to UCSD for the study of Parkinson’s disease.  Please send any “donations in his memory” you may wish to give to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, phone (800) 708-7644.
He is survived by his two children, Karen and Lance.
An announcement of the date of a spring memorial service will be forthcoming.  Please call or text (858) 748-5204 if you would like to attend.  The family would appreciate letters with stories about David’s life which can be mailed to Karen Stonecypher-Cote’, P.O. Box 27452, San Diego, CA 92198.