Services for David Willis Set For Wednesday

Funeral services will be held Wednesday (July 8) for David L. Willis, the former director of engineering at Tele-Communications Inc. who died on July 4 at age 78 after suffering an apparent stroke at home in Lone Tree, Colo.

Willis, a member of the Cable Pioneers and longtime volunteer at the Cable Center and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, was remembered by friends as a mentor and the man who assembled the popular display of old cable equipment in the Cable Center. He was elected into the SCTE Hall of Fame in 1992, the year he retired from TCI after 21 years.

At the Cable Center, in Denver, he held the title "curator emeritus," which he enjoyed. For a short video from 2002 of Willis showing off that collection of early set-top devices, including the QUBE box, at the Cable Center for reporter Leslie Ellis, please click on this link to The Cable Channel.

The service will be held at The Church at Parker, 12250 North Pine Drive, Parker, Colo., on Wednesday at 2 p.m. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis, his children, Kelly, Randy and Todd, and six grandchildren.

Willis was an SCTE member since 1976.

Kent Gibbons

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