David Brandenberger, 55, of Atlanta, died of a sudden acute illness on Monday, August 15, 2022, surrounded by friends and family.
Best known for his dry sense of humor and culinary abilities, David was passionate about spending time with his family and friends, but especially his son, Eric, and could be found at each of his sporting events. . He connected with adults and children and had a friendly spirit, say it like it was a spirit that resonated with people. A longtime resident of the neighborhood, David was president of the 600-member Virginia-Highland Civic Association and chair of its parks committee. He was the musical brain behind the lineup for this year’s Virginia Highland Summerfest. David was instrumental in applying for and securing ‘in-kind’ grants which, along with association funding, represented six-figure improvements to neighborhood parks including John Howell and North Highland. His involvement in his community goes far beyond his civic roles. He was an avid handyman for the benefit of many, a neighbor of all neighbors, and his hospitality extended widely.
Born and raised in Alameda, Calif., before moving to Atlanta, you could never take the Cal away from him. David attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a BA in political science, rowed a crew, and was a Theta Delta Chi fraternity brother. He voraciously followed all the strong Golden Bear teams, praising the Berkeley rowing team for its 2022 national championship. He treasured the now uncirculated California license plate from his father’s 1981 Chevy pickup truck. He was a prominent sales and account manager in the technology industry for years, most recently at Oracle, where he worked collectively for over a decade.
David was predeceased by his father and stepmother, Leslie David (Bud) Brandenberger and Mary Jane (MJ) Bell Brandenberger; and his mother, Anne Zortman Brandenberger. He is survived by his wife, Dana Darty Brandenberger; his son, Eric Wolfe Brandenberger; his sister, Erika Baptista; and nieces, Ava and Haley.
Memorial services will be held on Sunday, August 28, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. at Callanwolde, 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 with a reception to follow. A 529 college savings account was opened in Eric’s name at https://www.ugift529.com/enter code G3W-A2W instead of flowers. In honor of his service, plans for David’s beloved parks are underway. The family is grateful for the tireless efforts of the doctors and nurses at Piedmont Hospital.