David J. Perl, 85

Published 7:00 am Saturday, January 18, 2020

David J. “Lefty” Perl, 85, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at his home.

David J. Perl, 85

David was born Nov. 11, 1934, in Austin to Norman and Mildred (Peterson) Perl.  He attended Queen of Angels School and graduated from St. Augustine High School (Pacelli) in 1952. He attended St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and graduated in 1956 with a degree in business administration.

David was involved in sports from an early age and continued playing baseball for many years. He was a very good pitcher. David played in high school, for the American Legion, the Austin Blues teams, and in Cold Spring, Minnesota. In college, he lettered all four years and in the mid 1950s, he played in the Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Tournament, where he was chosen for the MVP award.

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After college, David entered the U.S. Army and served from 1956-1958. He received an honorable discharge.

David worked at the George A. Hormel Company in the billing department for some years before accepting a job with Kroblin Trucking in Waterloo, Iowa. He did accounting work for them for several years. After leaving Kroblin Trucking, he worked many places in Iowa and Nebraska. When he returned to Austin, he worked awhile for Scheid Plumbing.

David had many interests, including following most sports, music, reading, doing yard work, and in recent years spent many hours doing Sudoku. He really enjoyed getting around on his scooter; in the summer he would spend the evening driving it around East Side Lake.

Survivors include his siblings, Carol Krause, Normal, Illinois, Mary Jane Johnson, Austin, and Michael (Ann) Perl, Manhattan, Kansas; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and his best friend and college roommate, Don Carlson, Rochester, Minnesota. David was preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Mildred Perl; brothers, Stephen and Jon Perl; grandparents; and several aunts and uncles.

Memorial services with military honors will be held in the spring. Arrangements are by Mayer Funeral Home. Condolences may be left online at www.mayerfh.com.