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David L Manes
February 2, 1946 ~ January 22, 2024 (age 77) 77 Years Old
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Another Dirt Track Racing Legend Passes the final finish line!!!
David L. Manes was a very strong-minded man, he accomplished many things in his lifetime, he was a great businessman, he was well known in Tucson, Arizona, for his Dirt Track Racing. He was born February 2, 1946, to George Lincoln Manes and Hazel Brown Mours. When David retired from racing, he and his wife Linda decided to do the next best thing, they took over the old dirt track in Tucson, re-built it and turned it into a beautiful and fun place to go on the weekends, they named it Raven Raceway. After being open a few years, Dave and Linda decided to sell the track to the France family, who are the owners of NASCAR. That racetrack is still there to this today. Dave and Linda, and their daughter Krista Manes then decided to move to Pinetop, Arizona, to the White Mountains to start a life. Dave loved the outdoors. He enjoyed camping and fishing and later took up Elk hunting, but something was still missing. Dave and Linda missed the weekends of watching and listening to the sounds of a racecar engine, so a few years after moving to the mountains they had made the decision to build another racetrack to bring more family fun to the mountains. It was promoted by Dave and Linda and business partners for a few years before they made the choice to sell Thunder Raceway and fully retire and be full-time grandparents and enjoy it, they did. After moving a few different times, and moving back to the mountains, Dave got the call that he was being placed into the Racing Hall of Fame in Phoenix, AZ with so many other great racers. The family was all able to go and see this big building that was filled with so many great memories of some of Dave’s great moments in his racing career, it was awesome to see the big smile that this put on my dad’s face. Dave would always share his amazing racing stories with us all, I always love hearing them. As time went by Linda got very sick with dementia and as those struggles continued and got worse, Linda passed away in Lakeside, Arizona, she has and will always be loved and missed dearly. Dave did marry another woman; her name was Nita. They were not married long before Nita got sick and passed away from Dementia in Tucson, Arizona. Dave stayed as busy as possible with family friends and everyday things, then Dave started showing signs of Dementia as well, before he was diagnosed many months later, he also had Cancer of the Pancreas. It was very difficult for us all to see the changes and struggles what these terrible diseases do to a person, not that long after, Dave peacefully passed away on January 22, 2024, in his sleep at home in Lakeside, Arizona, he was not alone.
I hope my dad knows just how much he was loved by his grandkids, great grandkids, and his daughter. You will always be missed and loved. Love you, Dad. May you rest in peace.
Dave is survived by Krista Lynn Manes (Daughter) Show Low, Arizona, Alicia Ann Jackling (Granddaughter) Lakeside, Arizona, Devin Michael Villescas (Grandson) Show Low, Arizona, Rylan MaKay Looker (Great-Granddaughter) Lakeside, Arizona, and his fur baby (Doggie) Maggie Girl.
He is preceded in death by Linda L. Manes (first wife) passed away in Lakeside, Arizona, Nita Manes (second wife) passed away in Tucson, Arizona, Gabby Jackling(Granddaughter) passed away in Lakeside, Arizona, both parents and three brothers.