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David Alan Simon

d. May 14, 2024

On the 14th day of May 2024, David A. Simon, Sr. merged with the infinite, assumed room temperature, went home to Jesus, and escaped this mortal realm, casting off this mortal coil in hopes exchanging it for eternal paradise, or at least nothing bad. Esophageal cancer was the culprit here.  He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Janice Crowder Simon, and two children, Catherine Simon Spann (Jody) and David A. “Boo” Simon, Jr. He is also survived by his brother, Richard Simon of Birmingham. Born on November 5, 1956, in Selma, Alabama while his mother was merely traveling through the important civil rights city when the now deceased first asserted himself.


          Dave lived until he was five (5) in Myrtlewood, Alabama in Marengo County.  At age five he moved to Mobile and attended public schools there until graduation from Murphy High.  He went on to the University of Alabama where he was Phi Beta Kappa, and was inducted into several leadership honorary societies, including the Jasons, Omega Delta Kappa, Who’s Who in American Colleges, and the Order of Omega Greek leadership honorary.  As an undergraduate, he served as campus Election’s Chairman, as Chief Justice of the Student Court, as Chief Justice of the Interfraternity Council Court, and president of his fraternity.  After graduation, he was admitted to the University of Alabama School of Law, where he again served as an Honor Court Justice.


          He began legal practice in Bay Minette, Alabama with James R. Owen and E.E. Ball.  He practiced there for thirty-two (32) years, before relocating his practice to Fairhope.   Known as a court room lawyer, he was rated “AV” by his peers by Martindale Hubbell, its highest rating representing exceptional legal work.  Although in general practice, his practice steered toward mostly family law (divorces and child custody disputes) and criminal law.  Dave handled 38 murder cases in his career, and thousands of divorces.   In 1998 he was President of the Baldwin County Bar Association.  He also served as Vice President of the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association.


          He never suffered fools gladly, and usually let them know it.  He loved the Alabama Crimson Tide and his friends.  He loved fried foods, all kinds.  He believed that Coca-Cola was the most perfect beverage ever created.  The chirp of a cicada alone could make him happy, and when coupled with the song of a whippoorwill, he was in downright ecstasy.  He loved Mardi Gras and was a long- time member of a Fairhope Mystic Society.   He died living on Mobile Bay, which he also loved. He enjoyed baseball and local community theater.  He was always terrifically proud of his family and his children’s accomplishments.  


          Now, having taken that long, final, unknown, definitive journey, he leaves you behind to worry with this old world.  Cremation will take place at the family’s convenience, and his ashes will spread to various locations that he enjoyed in life.  A small private remembrance service shall be conducted at an Eastern Shore establishment that serves adult beverages in order to toast the memory of the departed.






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