David Perry Overton
January 6, 1951 –
July 2, 2010
David Perry Overton was born in Penticton, B.C. He was the youngest of six children born to Ralph and Alice Overton. David’s family moved to Williams Lake in 1952. The Overton family soon became well known in their new community.
From a young age, David was always creative and had an immense interest in the arts. Music was one of David’s passions and he enjoyed playing guitar in a local band. As David matured, he found an enthusiasm for old cars. He began doing body work and painting cars and became well known as an autobody man. David’s interest in old cars sparked a new creative outlet for him – painting images of old cars. Some of his paintings were of muscle cars in all their glory, while other paintings depicted the scenic beauty surrounding even the most tired of vehicles. David’s art form became very well known when he painted the original mural behind the Dog n’ Suds Restaurant as well as the BJ’s Towing mural. David also began painting landscapes in and around the city and his painting of Signal Point is still sold today.
David had two sons, Michael and Dylan, and he enjoyed sharing his passions with his sons. Teaching guitar, art, and how to “monkey wrench” vehicles, were just a few of the things they did together. David liked to encourage art in his grandchildren by buying them sketch books and painting supplies.
David was an extraordinarily talented individual. His artistic ability was well known, and his paintings were commissioned by many. David’s artistic talents ranged from painting cars, canvas, and murals, to poetry and music. David’s passion for old cars was evident throughout his art. David’s paintings portrayed the love of simple things as well as beauty in the most unlikely settings. David’s art is a wonderful legacy to his children, grand children, family, friends and community.
David will be remembered and missed by his children and grand children: Dylan, Michael (Angie), Paige, Joseph and Alexandro. Brothers and sisters: Lenore (Rick), Roy (Muriel), Carole (Wilf), Harvey (June), Marilyn (Terry). As well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
There will be a celebration of life held on Saturday at 11 a.m., August 14, 2010, at the River Valley Ranch.
From the intersection of the Connector and Soda Creek Road, head West on Soda Creek Road for 5.7 km. At the top of Comer Hill, take a slight left. After 150 meters, take another left at a sign that says “the O’s”. Go downhill across the railroad tracks, through the gravel pit, and across two cattle guards for 5.7 km until you reach the river flats. The total distance is about 11.5 km.
If anyone has any artwork of David’s that they wish to share, or if further directions are needed, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 250-267-7337.