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David Arthur Caulum

April 20, 1944 — June 17, 2024


David Caulum, age 80, passed away unexpectedly on June 16, 2024 at his home in Madison, Wisconsin. Born on April 20, 1944, he was the beloved son of Wayne and Crescence Caulum and the grandson of Elsie and Raymond Daniels. He was a lifelong resident of Madison with a winter residence in Fort Myers.

David graduated from Blessed Sacrament Grade School in 1958 and Edgewood High School in 1962. He earned his bachelor's degree, master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. On August 31, 1968, he married Sharon Patrick, and although they divorced in 1982, they maintained a close and supportive friendship throughout the years.

David dedicated over 40 years of his career to the Center on Education and Work at UW-Madison where he worked as a Marketing Manager, Interim Director, Director, and Emeritus Consultant and Researcher. His commitment and professionalism left a lasting impact on his colleagues and the career guidance field.

A long-time member of the Blackhawk Country Club and Verandah Country Club, David was known for his love of golf and the camaraderie he shared with his fellow members. He was an avid cyclist, racking up many miles on Madison trails with his friends and bike group. In addition, David was devoted to Wisconsin sports including the Brewers, Packers, and Badgers.

He is survived by his two children, Katherine Baumler (Jon Baumler) and Peter Caulum (Linda Vo). He is further survived by his loving grandchildren, Thomas, Annika and Zachary Baumler and James Caulum, his sister, Jane Swank (Kean Swank); brother Robert Caulum (Judy Snell); sister-in-law Susan Caulum; and several nieces and nephews, and special friend Donna Neuber, and many cherished friends who will remember his kindness, generosity, and enduring spirit. He was preceded in death by his brother Steven Caulum, his parents, and grandparents.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held in Madison, WI at Blackhawk Country Club on Sunday, July 7th from 11:30am to 2:30pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa in his honor.

David's legacy of love, integrity, and friendship will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew him. He will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered.

Cress Funeral & Cremation Service

3610 Speedway Road, Madison

(608) 238-3434


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