Friends fondly remembered Friday the life of local business owner David Foster who passed away Thursday at age 64 after an almost year- long battle against cancer.

Services for Foster are set for 10 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church in Palestine.

After graduating from the University of Texas, friends said Foster returned to Palestine in the mid-1960s and co-owned and operated a family-owned funeral home for parts of five decades.

On Friday, those same friends reflected on Foster’s success in business and his extensive community involvement, but mostly spoke of his love of family; zest for life; and dogged determination.

“David Foster was the All-American boy, son, citizen and father,” 369th State District Judge Bascom W. Bentley III said Friday morning. “The Fosters have been a mainstay in this community for generations. The first time I remember he was a star athlete at Palestine High School. He’s run a very successful business...and was part of many good things in this community.”

Stewart Kenderdine said he had known Foster virtually all of his life, dating back to 1961 when the then-teenagers and two other local boys drove a 1957 Chevrolet convertible to Miami and then hopped on a plane for a “senior trip” to Nassau, Bahamas.

Foster was actually a grade ahead of Kenderdine and other 1961 Palestine High School graduates T.C. Morton and Bonner Brazziel, who had graduated days earlier, but the group needed a fourth person and their older classmate filled the bill.

Kenderdine treasures his memories of dove and quail hunting trips to Foster’s South Texas ranch near Dilley.

“His greatest enjoyment seemed to be the planning and being host to the greatest bird hunting trips imaginable,” Kenderdine said. “Highest on his goal list was not the kill, but the friendship and fellowship of the outings.”

Like others who spoke of Foster, Kenderdine said whatever he did, he did with purpose.

“He lived life to the fullest and was non-stop in any endeavor,” Kenderdine said. “He had the determination to finish anything he started.”

An example of Foster’s living life to the fullest, according to longtime friend Bob McKelvey, was when the local business owner took up flying in the 1980s and quickly became “an excellent pilot.

“He had the fastest reflexes of anyone I ever flew with and the smoothest touch on the controls,” McKelvey recalled. “It was almost a sixth sense for him.”

Bentley said perhaps Foster’s greatest accomplishment can be seen through his children.

“His son (Michael) is carrying on the family business and his daughter (Pam Foster Fletcher) is now a well-respected district judge,” Bentley stated. “It shows he’s a decent man and he had decent children as well.”

Foster’s survivors include his wife of 42 years, Linda Foster.

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