David Wayne Mercer
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David Wayne Mercer
  • February 10, 1969 - December 6, 2017
  • Bettendorf, Iowa

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David W. Mercer, MD, passed away in Bettendorf, Iowa on December 6, 2017 at the age of 48.
He's survived by Katherine Harms Mercer, his wife of nearly 27 years; daughter Erin, son William, brother Dennis (Kristie), and mother, Cheryl, as well as family, colleagues, friends and patients. He is preceded in death by his father, Don; sister Cristin; grandparents; and, Kathy's parents, sister-in-law and niece.
David was born on February 10, 1969 in Alamogordo, NM. He lived across the world while Don served in the US Air Force settling in Tucson, AZ. He is a graduated of Amphitheater High School in Tucson, Wentworth Military Academy and Junior College in Lexington MO. He received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Reserves. He graduated from Millsaps College and University of Mississippi School of Medicine, in Jackson MS. He met his wife, Kathy, through Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society while a student at Wentworth. They welcomed daughter Erin into the world in 1997 and son William in 2000.
David was leading medical oncologist in Davenport and nationally sought after speaker. He served as president of Iowa Cancer Specialists, Director of Oncology at Genesis Medical Center, President of the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Bank Board and past president of the Scott County Medical Society. He practiced medicine in the QCA for almost two decades and touched the lives of countless patients.
David always hoped to end his life thinking "boy, what a ride" as he embraced his many passions. He loved good food and wine, music, Euchre, soccer, theater, boats, bicycles, books, movies, skiing, snowboarding, fast cars and motorcycles. He loved to tease, had a huge smile, big laugh and great sense of humor. He dearly loved his patients who valued his compassionate and honest care. He would give anyone the shirt off his back if he felt they needed it more. And, with all his talents and accomplishments, his greatest pride was his children.
A celebration of his life is scheduled for Saturday, December 16th at 10:00 am at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Bettendorf, IA. The family will greet visitors at 9 am.
All are welcome to attend and celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, donations are gratefully accepted at an education fund set up for Dr. Mercer's children at Northwest Bank in Davenport IA under "The Mercer Education Fund." The family wishes to thank the many people who have reached out with gestures of love and concern.