January 25, 1945 — March 1, 2019
HUDSON FALLS — David J. LaPan, 73, of Hudson Falls, passed away unexpectedly on March 1, 2019 while in Florida.
Born Jan. 25, 1945, he was the only child of James A. and Mary DeMarsh LaPan.
David graduated from Hudson Falls High School in the class of 1963. While in school, he was an athlete excelling in football, basketball and his favorite, baseball. His passion for baseball continued as he played American Legion Baseball, Post No. 574, and in a semi-pro league with many local sports legends. Although he was an avid Met’s fan, Dave would say, “I’m not just a Mets fan...I’m a baseball fan. I love the game.”
He attended Castleton State College until enlisting in the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. Upon returning home he married Antoinette (Ann) Fallacaro and moved back to Hudson Falls to raise his family. He began a career with the U.S. Postal Service and continued his education at night to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree at Adirondack Community College. He delivered mail to the residents of Hudson Falls, the village he loved, for 30 years. He was everyone’s favorite mailman. He was also active in the NALC Postal Union, serving as shop steward.
David also served on the Kingsbury Recreation Committee for many years. He will be remembered as a coach, mentor and active supporter of local youth sports.
His community pride continued with volunteering at the Strand Theater.
In 2003, David was given a second life when he received a kidney transplant. Through the selfless act of organ donation, he was able to watch his children and grandchildren grow.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his twin infant sons, Daniel D. and Joseph J. LaPan; his beloved cousin, Mark LaPan; his father-in-law; and many cherished aunts, uncles and cousins.
David is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ann; his son, Matthew and his wife Melissa (Cenate), and his daughter, Andrea, all of Hudson Falls. His loss will be deeply felt by his beloved grandchildren, Karleigh LaPan, Katelynn LaPan, Daniel Hess and Joseph LaPan. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Grace Fallacaro; sister-in-law, Rosemary Fallacaro; brothers-in-law, James and Michael (Joan) Fallacaro; cousins, Paul and Peter LaPan; and several adored nieces and nephews and a loving extended family.
The family wishes to thank David’s many friends, especially the “Rick’s Road Trip Gang 1-800-GET LOST” and fellow retired postal friends “The Geezer Breakfast Guys,” Joe and Marianne Tocci, and Rick and Joyce Conley.
David was a devout Catholic. Please join his family in celebrating his life on Saturday, May 18. A funeral Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Hudson Falls.
The Rite of Committal will be immediately following at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fort Edward.
The family invites all family and friends to a luncheon following the burial at McMannis Hall, St. Mary’s/ St. Paul’s.
Should friends and family desire, memorial contributions may be made to the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets, Adirondack Battalion, 399 Broadway, Ft. Edward, NY 12828 or the Hudson Falls Free Library, Audio Books, 220 Main St., Hudson Falls, NY 12839. David’s family also encourages everyone to become organ donors at donatelife.ny.gov.
Memorial contributions and floral tributes may be made by visiting www.carletonfuneralhome.net