Sunday, May 10, 2009

David A. Balcom United Methodist Pastor

David A. Balcom, 74, an Ashburn resident and longtime United Methodist pastor in Northern Virginia who also held many administrative positions with the church, died April 19 at Washington Hospital Center. He had congestive heart failure.

Rev. Balcom was a pastor at a series of Northern Virginia churches before retiring in 1997 from Trinity United Methodist Church in McLean.

He was a former executive secretary of a United Methodist board that helped start churches in the Alexandria and Arlington County area. From 1984 to 1990, he was superintendent of a church district covering the northern part of Richmond to Quantico. He was an emeritus member of the board of governors for Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington and was a trustee of the Virginia Conference Historical Society.

David Alexander Balcom was born in Ames, Iowa, and raised in Washington. He was a 1952 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in the District and a 1956 music graduate of what is now McDaniel College in Westminster, Md. In 1959, he received a master's of divinity degree from Wesley.

Among his honors was a distinguished alumnus award from Wesley and an award for outstanding service from United Methodist church conferences in the mid-Atlantic.

He also was grand chaplain of a Masonic lodge in Washington and received a Masonic distinguished service medal.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, E. Jean Wehrly Balcom of Ashburn; three daughters, Daean Menke of Middletown, Md., Jean-Marlene Dixon of Richmond and Kathreen Puryear of South Boston, Va.; a brother, Roger C. Balcom of Sterling; and seven grandchildren.

-- Alexander F. Remington

Montez Boatman D.C. Social Worker

Montez Boatman, 87, who spent 20 years doing social work for the District's social service department and retired in 1979 as a supervisory day-care specialist, died April 28 at the Atrium Classic assisted living home in Silver Spring after a stroke.

Mrs. Boatman, a Takoma Park resident, began her career in 1946 as a statistical clerk and administrative aide for the federal government.

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