The Monolithic Dome Institute has announced the passing of David Barney South, Sr., 81. He was a beloved husband, father, entrepreneur, and co-inventor of the Monolithic Dome. South was born on February 20, 1939, to Bernard Eugene South and Mary Marjorie Knapp in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He graduated from Idaho Falls High School in 1957 and married Judy Lynne Bates in 1959.
South then graduated from Idaho State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree. After graduation, he went to work at Chicago Northwestern Railroad as their computer operations officer in 1968. They lived there for two years before returning to Idaho to start Souths, Inc., a new polyurethane foam business with his siblings, Souths, Inc. He and his brothers incorporated everything they’d learned about polyurethane foam and plaster into a new building process they would later call the Monolithic Dome.
He was passionate about safe, affordable housing. He believed the dome was key to solving housing problems in the developing world and at home. He co-founded Domes For The World, an organization that rebuilt a village in Indonesia, taught others to build dome homes themselves, and is still involved in various projects, including a recent dome housing project for orphans in Haiti. He also built over 100 small domes near his home in Italy, Texas, that provide many people with a safe, affordable place to live.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, people donate to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Humanitarian Aid Fund or to a preferred charity of their choice.