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    David Andrew Palty (Dave), 60, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away unexpectedly from natural causes on September 1, 2019. Dave Palty will truly be missed by many, including those involved on the Central AZ Chapter board. Dave devoted himself to ASHRAE for many years, putting in hard work and energy to give to back to the industry and the engineers involved it. Dave Palty's passion for the organization and dedication to engaging every one of us in the engineering community to learn and succeed was truly inspirational and something that will stick with me as I continue to grow in this industry. 


    To honor the memory of Dave Palty, the Dave Palty Memorial Fund has been established by The Tucson ASHRAE Chapter and The Central Arizona Chapter and is available for all membership to donate to. By donating to this fund, you will not only contribute to a fund recognizing a man loved and missed by many, but you will also be contributing to a fund that will provide an opportunity for a young member of ASHRAE (YEA member) to attend the YEA Leadership U workshop each and every year starting in 2024. The Central Arizona Chapter and the Tucson Chapter together will contribute a minimum total of $30,000 to honor Dave Palty, and we encourage you all to donate as well. This is a great cause to donate to for a person who definitely deserves to be remembered for years to come.


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    For more information on who Dave Patly was as a person and a beloved friend, please continue reading below:

    Dave was born in Montville, New Jersey on December 6,1958. He graduated from Ridge High School and continued on to receive a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University. Dave was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and a member of the Dean’s Engineering Counsel. 


    Dave was married to Mary Pamela Barnes-Palty (Pam) on May 3, 1986 in Honolulu, Hawaii; they were married 33 years.


    Dave worked as a HVAC sales engineer and manager for Trane for the majority of his career.  He later enjoyed working as a consultant with sustainable and green HVAC companies and products. Dave was LEED Green Building Certified and he was devoted to moving his industry towards greater energy efficiency. He was also actively involved in his professional association, ASHRAE, and was most recently the Government Affairs Chair for the U.S. Western Region. This work included organizing two state level events, Day on the Hill, to promote industry awareness to state legislators. Dave was devoted to promoting STEM education and bringing a new generation of leaders into the industry.


    Outside of professional work, Dave enjoyed spending time with his family, cooking, which he said was his source of relaxation, and showing his love through caring for his family.  Dave enjoyed hiking, swimming, skiing, Iowa State football and basketball, the New York Yankees, Broncos football and all things Colorado. Over the past two years, he was able to take many trips with Pam where he enjoyed sight-seeing, cultural activities, and photography.


    Dave is survived by his wife, Pam, and three children Mary Veronika Kloer, Alyssa Barnes Palty, and David Andrew Palty II.  He is also survived by his step-mother, Mara Palty. He was greatly looking forward to loving his future grandchildren. 


    Dave is preceded in death by his father, George Palty, and his mother, Martha Palty.


    Dave will be deeply missed by all of his loved ones and it is a loss to the world that he left too soon.



    “Love never ends”