Celebrating the life of

David Ian Dauphinee, Sr.

February 09, 1960 - August 27, 2021

David Ian Dauphinee, Sr.

David Ian Dauphinee, Sr, 61, of Savannah, Georgia, went home to his Heavenly Father on Friday, August 27, 2021, after a long and courageous 11-year battle with cancer. He was greeted at the Pearly Gates of Heaven by his beloved son Dustin Graham Dauphinee, who preceded him in death.

David was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA, and was raised in Boston, Massachusetts, where he graduated from Somerville High School. He went on to serve in the US Army with the 1st Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment. He retired from the Savannah Police Department where he was a part of the TRAP Unit and a member of the SWAT Team (ERT). He was currently an active member of the ILA 1475 Clerks and Checkers.

David served his country and his community, but most of all he served his wife, his family, and his God. He enjoyed many things in life including all Boston sports teams, mentoring the youth, and sharing his testimony. But his true joy and happiness came from anything involving his children including football, hockey, dance, and hunting. He loved his family more than life and he adored his loving beautiful wife.

David leaves behind his wife of 38 years Dorothy “Dottie” Bell Dauphinee; daughter, Donna Lee Dauphinee; son, David “Ian” Dauphinee, Jr (Jamie); granddaughters, Kodie Lynn and Danie Graham; mother, Dianne Souza; father, David S. Dauphinee (Joyce); sisters, Deborah Finerty (Gerry), Christine Souza, and Dawnette Crosby; brothers, Dean Dauphinee (Wendy), Jason Dauphinee (Jessica), Justin Dauphinee, and Devin Dauphinee (Holly); several nieces and nephews; other family; many friends who were chosen family; and his beloved mastiff, Georgia Bell.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at Fox and Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at Calvary Baptist Temple, with a viewing from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. A graveside interment to be held later in the week for family. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that you consider donating to the American Cancer Society, or animal rescues such as One Love Animal Rescue of Savannah, Georgia.




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- Liz Binkley, Flagler Beach, Fl

Dottie. I'm so sorry! My prayers are with you and all your family.

- Chris Harbaugh, Springfield, MO

Sending all of my love thoughts and prayers to you all. Dave will be missed so very much, by so many. Rest In Peace Brother ❤️

- Justin Dauphinee, Victoria , BC

We are very saddened to hear of the passing of Dave. We have known Dave since our son Edward played ball with Dustin many years ago. We also had to pleasure of working with Dave at ILA 1475. He was a true gentleman and will be sorely missed. May he rest in paradise.

- John and Kathy Gaudry Cliett, Metter, GA

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My heart aches at the pain you feel here on earth but my heart rejoices that the reunion of Dustin and Dave had to have been a sight to see....Dave is no longer sick and he is in the presence of His Lord and, hugs and prayers to all of you.

- June Maddox, Tybee Island, Ga

Dottie, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss, you and the whole family are in my thoughts and prayers. May he RIP.

- Judith Simpson, Savannah, GA

So very sorry to hear that Dave has passed. I remember him well from high school. May God provide rest for his soul.

- Cheryl Towers, Punta Gorda, Fl

I can picture Dustin embracing his daddy at the gates of heaven the same way Mr. Dave embraced Donna, Ian, and Dustin after a job well done on Friday nights on the sidelines of the field. I’m so sorry for your huge loss Mrs. Dottie, Donna, and Ian, those big teddy bear hugs will be missed. We love you and are praying for y’all.

- Jeff and Kimberly McMurry, Ellabell , GA

Dottie, Ian, & Donna, Our hearts are saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. We, that are left behind will forever miss & remember him with love & special memories. He is at true peace now, body & mind, with Our Heavenly Father & Sweet Dustin. And Diesel & all the many wonderful four legged family you all loved & cared for. We were blessed he considered us friends & part of his precious family. Dave’s life was a true testimony of love & giving , protecting & serving. His family is his legacy, living on. God Bless you with peace & comfort.

- Leland,Angie,Payton,Linda, Elisa & John, Savannah, GEORGIA

Dottie, Ian, & Donna, Our hearts are saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. We, that are left behind will forever miss & remember him with love & special memories. He is at true peace now, body & mind, with Our Heavenly Father & Sweet Dustin. And Diesel & all the many wonderful four legged family you all loved & cared for. We were blessed he considered us friends & part of his precious family. Dave’s life was a true testimony of love & giving , protecting & serving. His family is his legacy, living on. God Bless you with peace & comfort.

- Leland,Angie,Payton,Linda, Elisa & John, Savannah, GEORGIA

Dottie, Donna, Ian and the family, our prayers are with you. Your family has held a special place in our hearts for over 34 years. We love you and will continue to pray that God continues to keep each of you. May Isaiah 41:9-10 provide comfort.

- Anita and Walter Wheeler, Bluffton, SC

Dottie & Family we send our sympathy and lift you all up in prayer. Praying God brings comfort to your hearts one day at a time.

- Loadholt Family, Richmond Hill, Ga.

Few men reach the level of this man's character. It was a privilege to know him. Dottie, Donna, & Ian, God Bless you all.

- Mark Doney, Richmond Hill, GA

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. He will surely be missed. Lawrence and Kim Bennett

- Lawrence and Kim Bennett , Savannah , GA

Dottie, I am sorry for your loss.

- Stephanie Carey Bridges , Savannah , Georgia

My thoughts and prayers are with the Dauphinee family. Such a wonderful example of a family. Stay strong and know that he no longer has to suffer from earthly pain and is in heaven with Dustin. Praying for you

- Ryan Lawlor, Savannah, GA

Dottie , Donna, and Ian and family. I am so sorry for your loss. David was a great man. I just wanted you all to know you’re all in my prayers. God bless you all. Love Ken and Theresa.

- Theresa Mangelsdorf, Savannah, GA

Praying for your precious family!

- Mike and Tammy Miller, Savannah, GA

Praying that God wraps His arms around you all and give you the peace that only comes from Him. Love and hugs to you all.

- Susan Barfield, Savannah, GA

Dottie, Ian and Donna, We are thinking of all of you at this most difficult time. Your dad was a great man and he will be greatly missed. He is walking those streets of gold with Dusty right now! Love y'all so much!❤

- The Gannams, Savannah, Georgia

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- Carol Pyles, Guyton , Ga

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- Carol Pyles, Guyton , Ga

Dearest Dottie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Sending a virtual hug from across the Pond. Remember the good times with a smile, and speak Dave's name always xx

- Caroline Yeo , Kings Cliffe , England

Dottie I am so sorry for your loss!!!!prayers to you and your family.

- Stephanie and Tony Miner and family. , Saco, Maine

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Dearest Dottie, Donna, and Ian, It is heartbreaking to lose Dave. I'm so sorry and pray God's peace and comfort for you all. I can't help but remember the happy times being with Dave and you all. Hot sticky family reunions, get-togethers His teddy bear hugs, knowing he cared for all of your corney family; warts and all, his dry humor, and no Christmas was complete without his homemade banana bread!!! As I think of this sorrow and great loss now facing you; I know you find comfort in remembering the promises of Our Lord Jesus; and let us remember that great old church hymn, "When we all get to Heaven"; yes what a day of rejoicing that will be !!! We love you family We're here if you need us.

- Kirk & Vicki Stanford , Savannah , Ga

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- JOHN MELL, Savannah, Georgia

Dottie and family, I’m so sorry for your loss of Dave. He was a fine man and a good friend. R.I.P. DAVE, you fought a good fight. Fly high until I see you again.

- Jessica Hall, Savannah , Ga

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- Jessica Hall, Savannah , Ga

I send my deepest condolences and a huge hug. ❤️

- Molly Cole, Spring, TX

Dearest Dauphinee family, our sincerest sympathies in the passing of David. We know how difficult it is to say goodbye, but know he rest in our Saviors arms, surrounded by peace and love. Deb Altomare and family (Rangers Lead the Way)

- Deborah Altomare, Springfield, GA

May the family be filled with the love of Jesus in this time of sorrow and be lifted up and the days that follow. He was a Gentleman and pleasure to be around I enjoyed the opportunity to work with him when he was able

- The Butler’s , Savannah , Ga.

Dottie, David was a special person. He was deeply religious, a hard worker who served us for most of his life. Most importantly he was a good friend to all and a fantastic father. I hope you and your family can eventually find the strength to get through the pain. Your in our thoughts and prayers. Shawn & Denise Bridgewater, MA

- shawn lydon, bridgewater, MA

Dottie, it has been many years since we have seen you guys,we were shocked and saddened to hear of Daves passing. Seems like only yesterday I met Dave and Kevin when they were stationed at Hunter,and we all had great times at Stonehenge and the beach. Our thought and prayers are are with you guys! God bless, Eddie and Valerie Coppage


We are all diminished with the loss of this man. He was a true friend and and comrade and no one could ask for any better. I would have walked through the gates of hell with him, and came close on several occasions. He was the best. Until Valhalla my friend. RLTW

- Gary J Glemboski, Savannah, GA

I'm so very sorry for your loss. Sending comforting prayers for all❤

- Dawn Gorko, Sav, Ga

We want you to know how blessed we were to know your family, our hearts break for your loss, David was a very special person, will be missed by many!God bless each of you through the days ahead!

- Preston and Betty , Axton , Va

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I am deeply sorry for your loss. I am so blessed to have known such a great man. Sending prayers of peace to all family and friends.

- Dori Sessoms , Savannah, Ga

On behalf of the Police Emerald Society of Southeast Georgia we would like to give the family our heartfelt condolences. We each have our own memories of Dave, as well as looking forward to his smiling face greeting us as we march in the St.Patrick's Day parade. Now he has the best seat ever!

- The Police Emerald Society of Southeast Georgia, Savannah, Ga

Sending love and prayers to all. Rest In Peace our sweet Dave. We will miss you so very much.

- Tracey, Greg and Katie, Savannah, GA

Sending love and prayers to all. Rest In Peace our sweet Dave. We will miss you so very much.

- Tracey, Greg and Katie, Savannah, GA

My condolences to the family. Enjoyed working with Dave. J. Irene Pennington CCPD retired

- Jessie I Pennington, Savannah, GA

We are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

- The Tuten Family, bloomingdale, GA

I never knew Mr. Dauphinee personally, only through his sons Dustin and Ian who I grew up playing hockey with. I will never forget how much pride and passion he showed for his sons everytime they were on the rink. Both of his sons are excellent men and I'm glad Mr. Dauphinee finally gets to be with Dustin in heaven. Thoughts and prayers to all of the Dauphinee family.

- Will Goggans , Savannah , Ga

My prayers are with your family, Dottie. Dave was certainly a one-of-a-kind guy. Always had something to share to get a laugh. But always ready to lend a hand if needed. A good police officer. A great man.

- Joy Gellatly, Guyton, GA

I'm on my way buddy, I will get to see you one last time. You were my mentor, the reason I became an Officer. I will miss our many late night texts and talks and our visits to see you in Savannah. You were my cousin, my brother in Blue and most of all my best friend. Now the patron Saint Michael has another fighter at his side. Austin and zdevon miss there Uncle Shrek. Lova ya buddy. Andrew, Lise, Devon and Austin

- Andrew Conrad, Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia, Canada

Someone so special can never be forgotten! David was a family man in every sense of the word. Much love and prayers, Dottie, Donna & Ian.

- Lawhorn Family & Porter Family, Guyton, Georgia

Dave, you were always one I could count on when the chips were down. Your insight and advise was always on target. You are greatly missed.

- Dan and Linda Drake, Savannah, Georgia

We are very sad about Dave's passing. Dave was a great guy and the best backup you could have. Are prayers are with you.

- Bruce and Faye Watkins, Bloomingdale, GA

So sorry for your loss

- Sid tootle, Sav, Ga

From the first time I met David as my SPD Field Training Officer in March of 1988, to the days of serving with David on the SPD ERT Team, I knew David was a warrior. David was a man of Honor, and man of Respect and Integrity, and a great human being. Over the years we had each other's back on many, many occasions. Thank you for looking out for me, being a mentor, and making me laugh...God he could make me laugh. The world is a sadder place without men like David Dauphinee....I will miss you my Brother in Blue.

- David L Owens, Savannah, GA

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Prayers and condolences for the Dauphinee family. Luke 23:43

- Kevin, Sarah & Emma Farmer, Guyton, GA

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- Melenda Henninge, Savannah, Georgia

So heartbroken for your loss. The world lost a kind and spiritual man who inspired many of us, including our son, Cody Myers, to be a better person and Heaven has gained one. Rest in Power, David.


I had the opportunity to have David work for me while at SPD. From the moment he entered the squad room it was obvious he was ready to work and do his job. It was my pleasure to have known and served with him. May God hold him and his family in the palm of his hand!

- Jim Murray, Belfast, Ireland

Our hearts break for you. I cannot imagine how heavy your heart is. May God’s sweet spirit fill you with his peace that passes all understanding in the days and months to come.

- Janice and David Smith, Bogart , Ga 30622

Dean I'm sorry I didn't make the funeral. I've had 2 foot surgeries and mobility is difficult. I am so sorry to here about Big Dave. I've always loved u both like brothers. Dave took me under his wing and taught my rookie self a thing or two. I have home movie footage from your wedding of Dave dressed up like Elvis. If I can find it in my boxes of tapes I'd love to share it with your family. May God Bless you all. 912-480-7256.

- Steve Lewis, Pooler, Georgia

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel