David Thomas Baize, age 56 of Clarksville, TN, died Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at Cook County Memorial Hospital, Carthage, TN.
He was born in Germany on May 26, 1955. He was preceded in death by his father, Samuel Henry Baize.
David was an operator and instructor at Baize Martial Arts. He and his brother opened the first martial arts school in Clarksville in 1973, and it is still in operation today. He was employed with the Clarksville Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department for many years. He was a graduate of the FBI Academy and taught criminal justice at Austin Peay State University.
A Memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 3 p.m., at the Baize Martial Arts School, 388 Warfield Boulevard Court, Clarksville, TN 37043. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m.
Survivors include his mother, Toshiko Okawa Baize; wife, Betsy Martin Baize; two sons, David Okawa Baize
and Brian Thomas Baize; step-daughters, Alison Goad
and Amy Miller, all of Clarksville; brother, Jim Baize (Beth), Memphis, TN and three grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.
Arrangements entrusted to Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home, 1510 Madison Street, Clarksville, TN 37040; (931) 645-6488. Online condolences may be made at www.neal-tarpley.com.