Obituary: David Bronson Catron, 1958-2015

David Bronson Catron was born on April 9, 1958, in Ventura, California, and he was named after his father and grandfather. 

Three years later, his family moved to Lompoc, California, where they remained for six years, then to Manhattan Beach, Claremont and back to Ventura for junior high and the first year of high school. 

When he was 16, the family moved to Boca Raton, Florida, then to Winter Park, Florida, where he finished high school and went to a year of college. After that, he joined the Air Force where he was stationed in Tampa, North Florida, New Mexico, the Philippines, Germany and Mississippi. 

When he returned, he moved to the Tampa area and eventually settled in Riverview. There he met his wife, Sandra Solomon, who introduced him to the Cayman Islands where he lived and worked as a prison officer for 18 years. 

He loved music, books, art, cars, electronic gadgets, fixing stuff and collecting stuff he thought he could fix, swimming, cars, bicycles, cars, driving fast and travel. He read Stieg Larsson, Cormac McCarthy, Elmore Leonard, Carl Hiaasen, Michael Moore, Woodward and Bernstein and other political exposés, and usually had five books going at a time. (He used his sister Cecilia’s library card more than she did.) He liked Pearl Jam, Dwight Yoakum, Bonnie Raitt, The Cars, Tina Turner, Bela Fleck, Julian Bream, Sting, Sarah Jarosz, Bob Marley and a billion other artists. He was very creative and quick with a joke, most of them good. 

In 2011, he was diagnosed with melanoma. He was treated and declared free of disease in a few months. In November 2014, the melanoma returned with a vengeance. He was treated in Orlando and was free of cancer in three months. He was known for his amazing strength and gentlemanliness. He was planning to return to Cayman in August. He passed away in his sleep, of a heart attack, on July 25, 2015. 

He is survived by his mother Patricia Hogan, and his siblings, Cecilia Catron, John W. Catron and Carol Catron. May his soul rest in peace. 

Submitted by Cecilia Catron 

David Catron

David Catron


  1. I had the pleasure of working with David for three years at HMP Northward prison. He was a gentleman who worked hard and was respected by staff and inmates. I offer my condolences to his family.