David Clark Loudy passed peacefully, surrounded by his family, on December 10, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 73 years old. David was born on January 19, 1946 in Oakland, CA to Marjorie Wise Loudy and Francis Howard Loudy. He was raised in San Leandro, CA and attended San Lorenzo High School, graduating in 1963. After graduating from Cal State Hayward in 1968 with a degree in biological science, and a Graduate Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America in 1969, David went on to have a storied career as one of the most trusted and well-respected jewelers in the Bay area. After working closely with his father Francis Loudy and other family members at their jewelry store, Loudy's Jewelers of San Leandro, CA, David joined Gleim the Jeweler in Stanford, CA in 1969. David enjoyed a 50-year career at Gleim, training under legendary jeweler Art Gleim and serving as Vice President and principal gemstone buyer for over 30 years. David was a Certified Gem Appraiser as well as a Past President of the Northern California Guild of the American Gem Society.
David was a true industry professional. His work gave him great pleasure and he genuinely enjoyed helping clients choose pieces to celebrate their loved ones and mark the special occasions in their lives. David will be remembered for his unwavering dedication to family, incredible love of nature and strong commitment to his career, as well as a passion for fast vehicles - whether a "hot rod" car, boat or snowmobile. David enjoyed spending time outdoors, whether in Bear Valley to ski or hike, at the Sacramento Delta to boat and water ski, or in the Sierras for backpacking. He loved the annual boat camping trips he organized for family and friends at Lake Shasta and Bullards Bar for the past 45 years. More recently, David enjoyed trips to Stinson Beach, Tahoe and Yosemite Valley with his extended family. David was the "rock" of the family: a devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother. David is preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Sarah Matteson Shepard. He is survived by his stepchildren Bob Shepard (Celia), Brian Shepard (Maggie), Doug Shepard, Lisa Shepard Reid (Craig) as well as his siblings Jackie DuVall, Bob Loudy (Pam) and Susan Bruno (Bob), along with eight grandchildren, eight nieces and nephews and 15 great nieces and nephews. His family meant everything to him, and the children in his life were a particular source of pride and joy. A private Celebration of Life for David is planned. Donations in memory of David can be made to Peninsula Volunteers (Peninsula Volunteers | Serving Seniors on the San Francisco Peninsula for over 70 years).