David “Dave” Greene, age 91, passed away on Tuesday, March 4.

He was born to Lawrence “Jack” Greene and Bernice Sison on June 6, 1922 in Los Angeles.

After Dave graduated from Los Angeles High School he launched a career in real estate finance. Later he started his own business, the Greene Mortgage Company, serving central and southern Orange County. Shortly after WWII, he met and married his “soulmate” Joyce, with whom he raised a family in Santa Ana.

He and his beloved wife Joyce greatly enjoyed deep-sea fishing and for years were members of the “Thursday Regulars” on the Clemente out of Dana Point Harbor.

Dave loved to keep the passengers and crew entertained with his zany behavior. One day, while showing off a family heirloom, a man’s one-carat diamond ring, he hooked a small barracuda, also known as “slime” for its slippery skin. While releasing the undersized fish back into the Pacific, he also “released” his diamond ring over the side.

Dave’s other true love, after Joyce, was traveling. He was seldom home from one vacation before planning his next adventure. Later years were spent traveling the seas on family cruise vacations and lounging in his dream home in Three Arch Bay.

Dave is survived by his brother-in-law John Taylor, daughter Lucy Greene, son Jonathan Greene and daughter-in-law Gail Greene, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He will be missed and always known as someone who “did it my way.”

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