David Yudovin, 1951-2015

Posted by Scott Zornig, 31 March 2015

David Yudovin, 63, of Cambria, California, passed away in his home on Saturday from an apparent heart attack. Dave, who had 43 solo marathon swims to his credit, was training for his next swim in the Maldives.

david yudovinDave was recently inducted in to the International Swimming Hall of Fame. He was one of the great marathon swimmers of all time with a career spanning nearly 40 years. He was the 1st person to successfully swim from Santa Cruz Island to mainland in 1983 and the 1st male to swim from Anacapa Island to mainland in 1982. He also participated in the first swim from San Clemente Island to mainland in 2002.

“In a world where many seem to be along for the ride, Dave was a man on a mission, yet always had time to help others. He made a difference” according to teammate Mike Suttle.

Dave was known as a big time marathon swimmer with an even bigger heart. Having survived a heart attack early in life and Leukemia later, he gave freely of his time and money to help the sick and less fortunate. Dave’s favorite charity was City of Hope in Duarte, California which had treated family and friends with cancer.

Dave was on his treadmill training for his next swim, “when his generous heart finally gave out,” said Cambria Fire Engineer Emily Torlano, one of the paramedics at the scene who attempted to revive Dave.

Dave is survived by his lovely and wonderful wife Beth Yudovin who was his coach, manager, cheerleader and fan. Dave will be missed by everyone at the SBCSA.


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