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4:44 pm PST January 4, 2021

Longtime Malibu resident Dave Landry, an airline captain, labor leader and businessman, died Dec. 4, 2020, surrounded by family.

He was 74.

Dave was born March 25, 1946, in Worcester Mass., the youngest of three brothers. He graduated high school in Manchester, CT, and attended South Carolina University.

Dave’s family found their way to Southern California in the early 1960s. He attended California State Long Beach, and, along with his older brothers, learned to fly.

He eventually joined United Airlines for a lengthy career. Spanning nearly four decades, Dave flew the Douglas DC-8, Airbus A-320, Boeing 727, 737, 757, 767, 777, and 747.

Dave Landry was a dedicated, principled labor leader. He was popular and influential with the United pilots and was repeatedly elected to represent them in multiple leadership positions in their union, the Air Line Pilots Association. Dave was beloved and trusted, and played a pivotal role in leading the United pilots through many of the greatest challenges to their careers.

Dave’s considerable talent and intellect was not limited to airline flight decks or union affairs. He ran his family’s successful commercial real estate business, at one point directly managing some 214 apartment units in Southern California. He designed and built the two homes in which he lived in Trancas and Carbon canyons. He was fascinated with technology and dabbled in automation and built computers. Dave was athletic, and an avid tennis player and golfer.

Dave and his family were active in general aviation, owning and flying many aircraft, primarily at Camarillo Airport.

Dave, single for much of his life, at nearly 50 years, married Sharon Mattozzi. They were inseparable, traveled together, and adored their two dogs. Dave and Sharon were members of Malibu Racquet Club and enjoyed many friendships there. Sharon passed away in 2011.

Dave passed away peacefully after an extended illness, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his older brother Philip Landry; nephews Thomas, Joe and Sam Landry; and niece Erin (Landry) Marshall.

Pursuant to public health concerns, the family will hold a celebration of Dave’s life at a later date. Arrangements by Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks-Griffin Mortuary & Crematory.