David Alexander Grelle, 69, of Dallas passed away June 23, 2022. He was born Oct. 14, 1952, and grew up in Boulder, Colo., where he graduated high school in 1971. David attended the University of Northern Colorado, earning his bachelor’s degree in education. He later earned both a master’s and Ed.D. in education.
David taught school in Colorado, Texas and Florida, most recently at the Parish Episcopal School in Dallas as their special needs coordinator. His teaching specialty evolved from elementary to various science programs and finally special education. Among his positions, he served as the Region 10 science and information technology specialist, instructing teachers on new ways to teach science, a science specialist at the Texas Can Academy and an elementary science teacher with the Dallas ISD.
David was always saving the children of the world one child at a time. He was always ready to serve as their biggest advocate and was never afraid to stand up for their rights. Students and their parents were fortunate to have David in their corner. He may not remember what he had for breakfast, but he could remember a student’s name from 30 years ago and a dozen fun facts to boot.
David also blessed the arts with his gifts, singing and playing the piano from a young age. He was an active member of the Turtle Creek Chorale. He always gave 110 percent, whether selling raffle tickets in the snow or performing with prominent figures from the arts community.
David never struggled to believe in people and saw good in them, even when they struggled to see the good in themselves. He was a genuine friend and always offered a safe place at what affectionately became “Mama Grelle’s House of Wayward Children.” Because of David’s love and compassion, there are so many people in a better place.
He is preceded in death by his parents, William Alexander and Anna Laura (Manson) Grelle.
He is survived by his sister, Cindy McCabe of San Francisco and her family; close friends Matthew Evans, Clifford Woeller, Joe Snider, Patrick Norton, and Wil Turner, all of Dallas, Rich Faber of San Francisco, Jimmy Ashley of Raleigh, N.C., and Gina Funderberg of Santa Barbara, Calif., as well as a host of friends, colleagues in education and students too numerous to count.
A memorial Service was held Friday, July 1, at the Parish Episcopal School Chapel. The family has asked that memorial contributions in David’s name be made to Youth First Texas or to Ranch Hand Rescue: Bob’s House of Hope.