Dave Plunkett

1958 ~ 2023

Sadly, we lost Dave Plunkett, a very special and talented human being. Although Dave’s business was advertising and writing, he was also a part-time comedian who made everyone he encountered come away belly laughing.

A star debater while at Skyline High School and the University of Utah, he never lost an argument. Dave had an opinion, normally as a vocal critic, on everything!

His work took him to Anchorage, Seattle, Aptos, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego and back home to Salt Lake City.

Dave is survived by his brother Marty and niece Sarah, as well as his many friends throughout the country.

Although not a fan of obituaries and funerals, Dave always enjoyed a good party. So, we are having a “celebration of life” for him on Saturday, March 11th at the Cottonwood Country Club (1780 East Lakewood Drive, Salt Lake City) from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. There will not be a formal program, but friends are encouraged to stop by and share a drink and a story or two.


Dave was always a quick wit, underneath his biting humor he was a very giving and caring soul.

- Corey Ames

I met Dave in the 90’s when he had his office on 200 South above a bank. We had a lot of laughs there and then when his office was on Main Street we watched the St. Patrick’s day parade. Many Sundays we spent at totems writing with other comedians & laughing nonstop.
When he moved to Vegas I saw him once or twice a year and we would go see a comedy show or just have drinks. I remember one time in particular we had a drink at every bar on Freemont street and ended up drinking kamakazis at the golden nugget. I went to use the restroom and was so drunk I couldn’t find the bar, let alone Dave. The next day I called him and he said he forgot where he parked and took a cab home. That is a memory I’ll never forget. When he lived in California I didn’t get to see him much but we kept in touch and when he moved back we often met for coffee. Every single time I was in Daves presence was fun and funny. I will sincerely miss him & treasure the fond memories I have of the times I spent with him.

- Carey Valentine

Dave was always such a delight..... A funny story or perspective to every situation. He always loved being with his cousins back east, but could have done without the humidity. Will love and miss him always. Much love to you, Marty.

- Martha Duncan