May 15, 1944 – December 5, 2023
VISITATION: Friday, December 15, 2023, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., West Center Chapel. A Time of Sharing to follow at 7:00 p.m. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: December 16th at 10:00 a.m., St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 11802 Pacific Street.
Memorials to NE Lung Association, Habitat for Humanity, Omaha Public Schools Foundation for Refugee Immigrant Students.
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David Maurice Daughton wrote the opening line for his own obituary: “Life is fun, mysterious, wonderful, magical and too short as I recently found out.” David was born May 15, 1944 in Creston, Iowa to Maurice and Marge Daughton. He graduated from Creston High School and moved to Omaha to attend and graduate from Creighton University. He attended dental school for 2 years before realizing this was not the right path for him. He then taught school through the National Teacher Corps and was the Director of Educational Therapy at the Nebraska Psychiatric Institute until finding his long-time career as a behavioral researcher in the pulmonology department at University of Nebraska Medical Center. He thrived in this environment writing grants and conducting research trials, ultimately helping thousands of people quit smoking. During his 33-year tenure as a behavioral researcher, David was a co-investigator in the earliest trials on nicotine gum, nicotine patches, Zyban, the nicotine inhaler, and varenicline (Chantix). He co-authored more than 120 scientific articles, two books, and several book chapters. David was an invited speaker throughout the United States and Europe. He also co-developed the Human Activity Profile test, one of the most used questionnaires for functional performance evaluation in the world. The test has been translated into multiple languages including Chinese, German, Spanish and Portuguese. After retiring he became a paraprofessional at Burke High School helping immigrant and refugee students graduate and go on to college.
David married the love of his life, Barbara Benes, on February 24, 1973. The true meaning of his life came from Barbara, daughter, Dr. Joan Daughton, and granddaughters Morgan Daughton and Emilee Knapp-Daughton. David believed you could travel to the ends of the universe and never find a better wife, daughter or granddaughters. He is also survived by brothers Mike and Steve Daughton, and sister, Mary Daughton Jackson. Other family members included sisters-in-law Kaira and Cherie Daughton, Barbara McGargill, brother-in-law Lincoln Jackson and cherished nieces Pam, Kelley, Susan, Carrie, Amy, Audra and Abby.
David had strong convictions about how people should treat each other, the roles of policymakers, and the importance of protecting the environment. He and his wife, Barbara, often wrote articles to the public pulse hoping to influence others’ thoughts. David lived his life with intention, creating many adventures for himself and loved ones. He ended his own obituary with, “I am so very grateful for having the best parents and siblings and for having jobs I enjoyed so much I would have worked them for free. But most of all I am grateful for having the best wife, child, and granddaughters anyone ever had.”
Omaha Public Schools Foundation David Daughton Memorial Scholarship: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/opsf_giving