Vondel Smith Mortuary South Lakes
David Real, a man who was passionate about teaching creation science and loved teaching Sunday school, left the world and family he loved to be with his creator. With loving family present, his courageous battle against Lou Gehrig’s Disease ended on February 5th. Born May 22 1948, in Oklahoma City, he was 69. David enjoyed God’s great outdoors and often headed to Jackson Hole, Wyoming or to the Grand Canyon where he would spend time rafting through the Canyon on the Colorado River or ride mules down the Canyon’s steep trails. He also worked with horses and broke and trained hundreds of them. He took joy in hunting with black powder guns, killing numerous deer, a big black bear and a 400-pound-Russian boar. Being part of a movie called “Ride with the Devil,” a true story about civil war era, is also part of his lifelong resume. He also entertained others by playing bluegrass music with several different bands earlier in his life and was the lead singer in a gospel quartet called the JOURNEYMEN. They traveled to nearly every state in the U.S. One of his biggest passions was his love for the country of Israel, where he enjoyed visiting. He went to college at Ozark Bible College in Joplin, Missouri, where he majored in missions and got his degree from Southern Nazarene in 1992. Law enforcement also was a passion of David’s and he sought justice for victims of crime. He began his career working for Oklahoma City Police Department in 1969 and was a patrol officer for 11 years. He also was a part of the swat team for six years and a bomb technician for nine years. He was the first full-time bomb technician on staff. During a prison riot in McAlester, Okla., David told of how he was put into a helicopter with a sniper rifle when the inmates would not negotiate. Fearing for his life, he wrote out his last will and testament but ended up not having to use it as the inmates decided to negotiate when they saw the helicopter fly over the prison yard. He also worked undercover in El Reno, Okla., for seven months and at the Guthrie Police Department for six months. He then got hired by Barrow Alaska Police Department and worked for a year on the North Slope in eskimo villages. When he came back to Oklahoma, he worked five years undercover for District 6 Drug Task Force and then went to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) for 21 years. He worked homicides, auto-theft, and did polygraphs for 20 years. For six years, while David was at OSBI, he was on the Oklahoma State Polygraph board. David completed his meaningful career with the Attorney General’s office where he worked five years as an investigator and polygrapher for the grand jury unit.
He is survived by his:
Son Justin (Allison) Real and granddaughter Zoe;
Daughter Brennan (Adam) Smoot and granddaughter Whitney Real and grandsons Tyler and Connor Smoot and great grandson, River Smoot;
Brother and sister-in-law, Ron and Jan Real and their children Shelley Griffith and Sherry (Kent) Langston and granddaughters, Tiffany and Taylor Burgess;
Brother, Bill Real and his children Tracy (Al) Long, Tina (Buster) Holder, Kristi Williams and Bear Real and granddaughters Nichole Honeycutt, Aubrey Askew, Adriana Holder, Serenity Williams and great grandson, Talon Askew;
And cousins, Sam Watson II and Vonnova Custer.
He is further survived by his:
Bonus daughter and son-in-law, Beasley and Brian Mason and their children, Max and Isla; Along with bonus daughter and son-in-law, Holley and Josh Kuhn and their children, Noah, and Emma.
He was preceded in death by his:
First wife, MaryAnn Real;
Mother and father, Clethal and Willie Real;
Sister, Shirley Real;
Maternal grandparents, Sam and Edith Watson;
Paternal grandparents, Johnny and Dolly Real;
And cousin, Izora Real.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Paralyzed Veterans of America, Mid America Chapter, 6108 NW 63rd Street, Suite A Oklahoma City, OK 73132-7526 or RoseRock Hospice, 2642 E. 21st St, Tulsa, OK 74114 (checks made out to RoseRock Foundation)