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David Salcito, Purple Heart recipient, passes away over Christmas

By Missi Branham

On Wednesday, December 27, 2023 at 5:40 AM, David Salcito, of Summerfield, local Veteran and Purple Heart Recipient, passed away suddenly at a local hospital. David was 57 years old, he was 27 days away from his first wedding anniversary to his wife, Alma. David was a loving father, grandfather and friend.

David Salcito hosted the Annual Veterans Spreading Christmas Joy holiday light event at his home in Summerfield for the last 15 years. David and Alma Salcito made it possible for over 250 children (just in 2023) to get presents and meet Santa at their festive home to aid in his endeavor to make Christmas special for as many as possible.

David was a local Veteran that has helped aid other veterans and went to our schools to teach local students flag etiquette and handed out medals to the children. David served in US Army and National Guard from 1984 to 1996, reaching rank of E-6. David received the Purple heart in Operation Dessert Storm. David was also Post Service Officer for Al Krietemeyer American Legion Post 284 in Belleview.

David is survived by 9 children and 10 grandchildren along with his adoring wife, Alma, who shared his love for Disney. After five and a half years together, Alma finally marrying her Prince Charming in January of 2023. David and Alma were not married a complete year, just 27 days short, unfortunately , that means that Alma is not eligible for any of David’s Veteran or Death benefits. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with David’s funeral expenses at David was battling cancer at the time of his death, from exposure during his Dessert Storm Deployments.

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  1. KATHERINA L HENDERSON on January 6, 2024 at 6:48 pm

    Dave was a great friend and a person who you could talk to and ask questions and he always had an answer. I will miss my friend very mush. losing Dave was almost like losing my husband all over again. After my husband died Dave was one of the first people i met that took me under his wing and got me to become the historian of American Legion Post 284 now I am the Post adjutant. He is missed very much by everyone at Post 284. He has big shoes to fill

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