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Wednesday, January 4, 2023
David “Dave” Louden McCoid
David “Dave” Louden McCoid
David “Dave” Louden McCoid, 81, of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, passed away of natural causes in his home on December 28, 2022, surrounded by loved ones.
Dave was born on December 30, 1940, to Eugene Calvin and Roberta (Biddle Louden) McCoid. After graduating from Mount Pleasant Community High School, Dave went to the University of Iowa, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. At Iowa he met the love of his life, Marilyn Alice Minford, and they married on November 24, 1964. They moved to Columbia, Missouri where Dave obtained his Juris Doctor at the University of Missouri School of Law. On July 1, 1968, he began to practice law in Mt. Pleasant, becoming the fourth McCoid and third generation McCoid to practice law in town. Dave also served as a part-time judicial magistrate for over 23 years, earning the nickname “the Judge” from friends and associates. His professional work was guided by his values of integrity, compassion, and connection.
He believed deeply in community service: volunteering as the secretary of the Henry County Fair Board for 37 years (his children delighted at his demo derby announcing), serving on the Mt. Pleasant Community School Board for 25 years, and would want it noted as a fellow MPCHS graduate who attended school in August, that he helped bring air conditioning to the high school. Additional highlights of his service to the community: Henry County Heritage Trust Board of Directors (13 years), Van Allen Heritage Society (14 years), Iowa Wesleyan University Board of Trustees (18 years); Mt. Pleasant Community Theater Board (19 years). He also held leadership positions within the Henry County Bar Association as well as the Iowa State Bar Association.
Dave celebrated and supported the success of each new generation of leaders and youth who lived in Mt. Pleasant. He was especially proud to have helped coach the 1988 High School Mock Trial Team which finished in 3rd place at state.
Outside of work and civic interests, Dave had three main passions: the Hawkeyes, the Cubs, and the theater. Dave had been to each Big10 stadium cheering on his Hawkeyes, attended games in 41 major league ballparks, and participated in at least 20 community theater productions.
He always had a smile ready to share and a twinkle in his eye. He was often seen about town with colorful socks and ties, a collection that continued to grow.
Survivors include two sons, David II of Minneapolis, MN and Douglas of Mount Pleasant; two daughters, Laura (Dave) Goudy of Eugene, OR, and Katherine of Iowa City; three grandchildren, Lachlann McCoid and Louden McCoid of Minneapolis, MN and Marilyn Goudy of Eugene, OR; his sister, Jean McCoid of Mt. Pleasant; a nephew, Andrew McCoid of Mt. Pleasant; his sister-in-law Marthe (James) Meas of Southlake, TX; and nephew Scott Frye (Gina) of Galviston, TX. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, his brother Robert "Robbie" Eugene McCoid and brother-in-law, Steven Minford.
A memorial service with reception to follow will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Mt. Pleasant on Friday, January 6, 2023 at 2 PM.
In remembrance of Dave’s life, the family asks that any charitable contributions be made with the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra for the Marilyn M. McCoid Fund and the Mt. Pleasant Community School District Foundation.