'Courageous' retired Judge David Glant dies at 63


Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 4:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 4:06 p.m.

Retired Circuit Judge David A. Glant died Wednesday at age 63 after battling cancer for several years.

Elected to the Circuit Court bench in 2002, Glant served on the 8th Judicial Circuit bench for 10 years before retiring this past summer.

In an interview with The Sun in June after his surprise announcement, Glant said he was stepping down because he no longer could meet his own high expectations.

“If I can’t give 100 percent to life-and-death decisions, I don’t have any business making them,” he said. “With the death penalty case that I’ve got, you have to be sharp and on top of everything, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to do that. I’m not going to dabble in somebody’s life if I’m not 100 percent. I’d have to live with myself if I made a bad decision, and I didn’t want to do that.”

Gainesville attorney Monica Brasington was appointed earlier this month to fill the vacancy created by his retirement.

In a news release Thursday, Chief Judge Robert E. Roundtree Jr. expressed his sadness at the loss of “my friend, my confidant and adviser.’’

“The Eighth Circuit Court and its citizens not only lost a great judge, we lost a courageous, honorable and faithful man,” he said. “His dignity and grace were an inspiration to all who met and worked with him.”

Upon Glant’s retirement, State Attorney Bill Cervone called him “a throwback.’’

“He is hard in the sense of having expectations, and he did not suffer fools well in terms of those expectations,” Cervone told The Sun. “His detractors would tell you he was gruff. I don’t think he was gruff at all. He simply expected people to do their jobs so that he could do his.”

Glant was active in the High Springs civic community, where he served as president of the Rotary Club, president of the Spring Hill Middle School Parent Teacher Student Association and chairman of the Spring Hill Middle School Advisory Council.

He is survived by his wife, Casey, daughter, Keri, and stepson, Alex.

Born in Goshen, Ind., Glant attended the University of Houston in Texas, where he graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in business management in 1971. He attended Nova University Law School from 1975 to 1977 before transferring to the University of Florida College of Law for his senior year, graduating in 1978.

Glant worked in private practice and served as a certified mediator for family law and criminal cases.

From 1984 to 1989, he worked as an assistant state attorney for the 8th Judicial Circuit in Baker, Bradford and Union counties.

During his tenure as judge, Glant presided over circuit civil, circuit criminal, dependency, domestic violence, family and juvenile cases. He also served as the administrative judge of the Circuit Criminal Division from July 2009 until his retirement.

A funeral service will be held Oct. 30 at 11 a.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Gainesville, with a reception to follow.

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