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Cecil, David E.

Cecil, David E.

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Cecil, David E.

Cecil, David E. September 17, 1948 - May 23, 2020 David Cecil, of Papillion, NE died on May 23rd at Hillcrest Cottages after suffering with Parkinson's disease for many years. Originally from Fremont, NE and the oldest of three siblings, he graduated from Midland University and the University of Nebraska in Music. His passion for music included teaching at North Platte, North Bend, and Papillion. He was also active as a clinician, adjudicator and soloist throughout the area. David will long be remembered for his affable, easy going personality. He always had time for people and most certainly had time for his students. He empowered thousands of young people to step into adulthood with a song in their hearts. David had the honor of performing in two USO tours. He served in many leadership roles, conducted Church Choirs, and was honored as Papillion La Vista Secondary Teacher of the Year, Outstanding Choral Director of Nebraska, and was inducted into the Nebraska Music Educators Association Hall of Fame. David was preceded in death by his son, Andrew; and his parents, Phil and Delores. Survived by his wife of 50 years, Nancy; daughter, Kari (Brian) Armstrong of Papillion; sisters, Kay Schroeder of Apple Valley CA, and Lauren Cecil of Omaha; and grandchildren. David wanted friends and family to Celebrate his Life with love, laughter, and, of course, a little music. A Celebration of David's life will be determined at a later date. If you wish to honor his memory, donations may be made to the family to establish a music scholarship.

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christy menendez

Mr. Cecil was amazing. Ill.never forget that smile! he was an amazing coach and teacher. rest peaceful!

Christy Menendez


I am grateful for the life of David Cecil, and saddened by his passing. (Parkinson's is such cruel disease.) Not only Dave touch my life as a colleague at PLHS and the lives of my daughters as their choir director, he gave encouragement to Dad in the form of music at Country Estates, where they sang together in the Grand Lodge Singers. My favorite choral tradition at PLHS was when alumni in the audience at the winter concert were invited to join the choir on the stage for the Hallelujah Chorus. There was one year that Dad was in the audience, too, as I recall. Three generations (Dad, me, Kristen and Erin) belting it out together on the stage. "And He shall reign forever and ever!" A moment to remember! May David rest in perpetual peace. There is music where he is now. This, I believe!

Scott Schroeder

I was at at Papio for his first years there. Enjoyed his energy. Recently lost my father in law to Parkinson’s after a long fight. Tough for all involved. My condolences to your family.

jennifer larsen

[sad] mr cecil did wonders for me while at plhs from 90-94 i will him so much

Angela Taylor

Mr. Cecil was the best choir teacher I ever had. I'm saddened to hear of his passing.

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