David Harold Pendley


David Harold Pendley, 75, passed away on Sept. 20, 2018. Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Okla., just three blocks from Catherine Ann Butler, the love of his life. After graduating from Northwest Classen High School, they were married on June 1, 1963.
Dave began providing commercial business loans in 1965, founding three asset-based loan companies, the First Asset-Based Lending Group, First Capital Corporation and American Business Finance, after working for 16 years for GE Capital. After selling his interest in his second start up, First Capital, he founded American Business Finance to provide financial services to small commercial companies. Dave served on the executive committee of the Commercial Finance Association for seven years and was its chairman in 1993. Dave founded the CFA/Wharton Institute of Secured Lending and the CFA Educational Foundation. A few of the many fast growing companies that Dave provided working capital loans to included: Dell Computers, Express Personnel, Snyder General Corporation, Aaron Rents, Southwest Factories, CMI, Farah Manufacturing, and the Telxon Corporation. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, the Stonier Graduate School of Banking and the Venture Capital Institute; he specialized in secured commercial lending, for more than fifty years.
Dave was an Eagle Scout and was designated in 2016 as the Council's Outstanding Eagle Scout and was the recipient of the Silver Beaver Award. He loved the outdoors and raised his children camping and hiking and took them to Philmont Scout Ranch as soon as they were old enough. Dave was a master gardener, spending his spare time in his beautiful gardens. He loved to travel and woke every morning and asked Catherine what adventure she would like to have that day. His legacy will live on in his children and grandchildren as they continue their passions for the wilderness, sporting and adventure and when we wander through beautiful gardens.
Dave was husband of 55 years to Catherine Butler; father of Happy D. Pendley and Suzie Pendley (DIL); Joy L. Pendley and Mark Griffin (SIL) and Noel B. Pendley and Jennifer Pendley (DIL); grandfather, known as PawPaw, to Sarah, Chris, Brooke, Austin, Willa, Ansel, Isaac, Caleb, Micah, Abigail, Elaina, Kalvin, and Jonah. He was adored by all of us. When we gathered for meals, he would pray and thank us for being with him. He took the time to look at each of us and you knew you were in the right place at that moment.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend Dave's Celebration of Life Ceremony 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church in Edmond, OK.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dave's memory to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 5601 NW 72nd St, Suite 124, Oklahoma City, OK 73132 or at www.mda.org/office/oklahoma.
Published on September 24, 2018
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