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David Lyle Peralta

August 17, 1956 — October 12, 2022


David Lyle Peralta

David Lyle Peralta, 66 of Charleston, SC, passed away on Wednesday, October 12, 2022.

Born on August 17, 1956, in Honolulu, HI, he was a son of Misterio Salcedo Peralta and the late Greg Peralta.

Growing up in a military family provided David with many exciting and adventuresome places to live, spending his formative years stationed in Hawaii and Guam. His passion for the ocean and fishing started here, and only grew throughout his lifetime. The US Navy brought his family to Charleston, South Carolina in the early 1970’s and this is where he spent the remainder of his life. After graduating with a Bachelors’ Degree in Business from the College of Charleston in 1979, he spent his career working as a production planner in manufacturing. Prior to retirement, David worked for several years at The Charleston Angler, which we all know provided another avenue to pursue his love of the water. In addition to being certified in a several scuba diving specialties, David enjoyed surfing, snorkeling, shrimping, and spear fishing. Known by many as Captain David, he was a member of the Stono River Fishing Club and the West Ashley Outboard Motor Club. He enjoyed all fishing venues from offshore to inshore and everything in between, always challenging himself to know where and how to catch whatever species of fish was in season. He particularly enjoyed catching large fish on a fly rod and spent hours tying that special fly intended to be an irresistible meal for fish he was seeking.

David loved his family and friends deeply. His calm, quiet, steady demeanor was supplemented by a wicked sense of humor and a passion for living life to the fullest. His smile was a constant on his face and he never shied away from having fun. He enjoyed time spent with his family and friends and was known to prepare the most delicious meals ever imagined. If he was not on the water or in the kitchen, he could be found working in his vegetable garden or painting an action picture of a fish he intended to catch. While his passion for fishing was remarkable, his life’s most important accomplishment was truly being an exceptional husband, dad, and most recently, Poppy to his grandchildren.

Besides his father, David is preceded in death by his niece Darryl Peralta Thompson.

David is survived by his wife of 38 years, Pennie Davidson Peralta; daughters, Jessica Burke (Sean) and Amee Moss (Andrew); grandchildren: Josie Burke, Jacob Burke, Matthew Moss, and Emily Moss; his mother, Misterio Salcedo Peralta; siblings Greg Peralta (Amy), Christine Thompson (Steve), Cathy Edler (Brad): Nieces Ryan Thompson, Madeline Peralta; Nephews Elliott Peralta, Conrad Edler. Numerous friends and fishing partners that he considered his family, and his four-legged sidekick, Tobin.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, October 18 from 5pm to 7pm at McAlister-Smith Funeral Home West Ashley.

A funeral service will be held at 2pm on Wednesday, October 19th at McAlister-Smith Funeral Home West Ashley, followed by a celebration of his life reception at 4:30 PM at Holy City Brewery Patton Room, 1021 Aragon Ave, North Charleston.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Carolina Lady Anglers. PO Box 13141, Charleston, SC 29422.

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Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to West Ashley, 2501 Bees Ferry Road, Charleston, SC 29414, (843) 722-8371.

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