David Lee Martindale passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 64 on June 15th at his home on Sanibel Island, FL. David, or “Captiva Dave,” as he was known to some, was born in Detroit, MI. He became a longtime resident of Harbor Springs, MI, where he raised a family and was a Registered Nurse at McLaren Hospital in Petoskey, MI.
For years, Dave and his family had been vacationing on Captiva, FL until he and his wife decided to make Southwest Florida their home. Living on both Captiva and Sanibel, he resumed his operating room responsibilities at HealthPark Medical Center in Ft. Myers, FL. His days were spent helping others and forming lasting and meaningful friendships with his colleagues.
Dave’s passion for health and well-being translated to his personal life. An avid cyclist, Dave was skilled on a bike and could often be seen putting in miles on the popular routes of Sanibel and Captiva. His fitness was his favorite hobby alongside following sports. Dave was a fan all sports, but nothing came close to his lifetime devotion to the Detroit Lions, which would have tested the will of any lesser man.
Along with his wife, David was committed to protecting the natural ecosystem of these islands. The Ding Darling Nature Preserve and C.R.O.W. were two of his favorite places on the island. He could also be seen jumping out of the car to help a turtle cross San-Cap Road or stopping traffic to make sure a stray egret made its way across Periwinkle Way.
Dave is survived by his beloved wife, Jeanette (Jan); children, Christopher and Jennifer; son-in-law Desmond LaVelle; granddaughter Cora LaVelle; sister-in-law Marie Athans; and his siblings Richard Jr., Terry, Wade, and Lisa.