David Allan “Dave” Talmas, 74

December 01, 2023

David Allan “Dave” Talmas, 74, of Lancaster, PA passed away peacefully on December 1, 2023. Born in Manhattan, NY, he was the son of the late Jacob and Miriam Talmas. He shared over 51 years of marriage with his wife, Laurie (Cluck) Talmas.

Dave was a graduate of Bayside High School. He pursued his undergraduate and graduate work at Penn State. While in college, he was a cab driver in New York City for a summer; he was also a disc jockey at radio stations in State College, PA when he met Laurie. In 1973, Dave and Laurie owned and worked together for more than ten years in downtown State College at The Lazy J and The Pipelighter. Together, they helped make the 70s and 80s a memorable time for fellow Penn Staters.

Dave was a natural salesman. He made friends everywhere he went. He earned many awards when he later worked for The Pennsylvania Yellow Pages, Colonial Life & Accident, and American Heritage Life including trips to Monte Carlo, Alaska, Hawaii, Banff, and Mexico. There was even a contest he won twice – the prize was a run through a warehouse to grab as many items as possible in a few minutes.

On February 14, 2001, a Grade 3 brain tumor was found – the prognosis was not good. After surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, he became a legend of survival until he passed 22 years later. In his last years, he was plagued by long term side effects of his treatment. We are very thankful for the care he received at Hamilton Arms for the last year and a half.

He enjoyed reading and watching science fiction like Star Trek, Dr. Who, and Star Wars and in more recent years tuned in to The Big Bang Theory daily. He loved his dear family and especially being a grandpa. Everyone loved his memorable smile and enthusiasm. He brought joy.

In addition to his wife, Dave is survived by two daughters, Lia and Casey Talmas; grandson Evan Talmas; brother Bernard Talmas; and sister Rita Simbeck (John).

Guests are invited to gather from 12:30-1 PM on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA 17543. A service will begin at 1 PM and will be livestreamed. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Dave’s memory to the charity of your choice.

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Condolences to the Family

June 23, 2024

I knew Dave well ‘ back in the day ‘, almost fifty years ago. I especially remember the ” Makin’ Bacon’ poster in the window of the Lazy J. 😝. Sorry to hear of his passing. My mom died as the result of a brain tumor so I know the drill well.
Roy Beman

December 11, 2023

Art Fine
State College

December 06, 2023

Living on the other side of the country I never knew Dave, but this beautiful service really brought him home to me. His memory will certainly be a blessing. My condolences to Laurie and her daughters, and to the other Talmas’s and Clucks for their loss. Cherish those memories! Much love to all. Frank

December 06, 2023

To Dave’s family, it was a pleasure knowing David, and knowing him personally and Professionally.   Such a smart and always friendly individual.  He was a brave person and never complained about his condition.
Laurie, Casey, Lia and Evan, so sorry for your loss.  Our sincere condolences to the whole family.
Marcille Crossland

December 06, 2023

I’ve been thinking about all the times our families got together when we were kids and I just smile. I’ll miss you, David.
Robert Angel

December 04, 2023

You and your smile will be missed greatly 
Laura Robertson

Wednesday, December 06, 2023
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
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3110 Lititz Pike
Lititz, PA 17543
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