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David Samuel Natysin

September 3, 1949 — April 7, 2023

David Samuel Natysin, 73, of Leesburg, Virginia passed away on Friday, April 7, 2023. Dave is survived by his wife of 51 years, Kathy, who loved him deeply.  He was also loved by his sons, Brian Natysin (Shannon) and Adam Natysin (Michelle), and daughter Gina Natysin Stratford (Andrew), and his seven grandchildren, Logan and Sydney Natysin; Kiley, Reese, and Paige Natysin; and Taylor and Brooklynn Stratford. He was the son of the late Edward Natysin and Evelyn Olson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmom, Louise.

David was born on September 3, 1949, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Beginning at age 10, he worked on a truck farm picking vegetables to make money to buy school clothes. He was then a student at Vocational High School in downtown Minneapolis and studied Hotel/Restaurant Management.  At 16, he left the truck farm and started working for McDonald’s restaurants.  He started out making milkshakes and eventually became the night-shift manager. When he was 17, he finished high school and started a full-time career with McDonald’s management. At 19 years old, Dave was drafted into the army and was ordered to Vietnam.  He was quickly promoted to Sergeant and Squad Leader.  At 21, Dave was discharged from the army and resumed his McDonald’s career.  He spent the next decade in Minnesota, before a quick stop in New Berlin, Wisconsin, and then landing in Virginia in 1983, where he remained until his passing.  He retired as the Senior Vice President of McDonald’s East Division after 42 years with the company.  He celebrated his 51st wedding anniversary with Kathy on June 5, 2022.

Dave enjoyed spending time playing golf and leisure traveling with his wife Kathy. He also enjoyed spending time reading, gardening, and walking endless miles on the treadmill.  You could catch him on the sidelines of his grandchildren’s sporting events or taking them out on his boat at Smith Mountain Lake. Dave was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran church for 40 years.  Dave has been known to say, “It’s been a wonderful life.”

A celebration of life will be held on April, 21 2023 at 11:00 am at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, in Vienna Virginia.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Ronald McDonald House Children’s Charities(Fairfax, VA), The Green Beret Foundation, or Emmanuel Lutheran Church (Vienna, Virginia).

Tharp Funeral Home, Smith Mountain Lake is assisting the family.  To send condolences, please visit
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