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David's Memorial Service

Postby Inky6900 » Sat May 12, 2007 10:01 pm

I attended David's memorial service today and stayed for a little more than an hour. Like many or most of you, I did not know him.

David's life impacted mine and his death has done so too. This past week I kept thinking of his family, his parents in particular and his friends. I thought of USAKeller as well. David was a person not much older than myself and someone who enjoyed the outdoors like I do. And yet at only 38 he is gone.

At the memorial, I was able to meet many of his friends...and some people like myself that didn't know him. Just going to the memorial gave me a better understanding of who David was. These were some of the things people said about him. I apologize that I don't remember people's names.

Caroline's Mom said - "David was someone who really wanted to get to know you as a person. You could see he wanted to find out who you were and that was something special about him."

One of the climbers that ascended Mount Elbert with him said - "He wore that Pimp Suit the entire way up. You'd think he'd just carry it up and then put it on at the summit but it kept it on the whole way!"

A High School friend of David's commented - "He was a character that made you smile."

One of his College friends told me - "He was a person that always found a way to do what he wanted to. Nothing held him back. He tried going to college for a while then went back when he was older. I'll have to admit I was somewhat jealous of him for that."

That same college friend of his told me a few stories about David that made me laugh. He said when they were in school, at Larimie, that David wanted to capture a prairie dog and take it back to NC with him as a house pet. I guess he set several traps and caught a few things including a ground squirrel. He never got the prairie dog he hoped for because he was trying to get a young (baby) one to take. He also said they once took his company truck to the badlands to go shooting. He said the drove all over the place with that truck and beat the heck out of it before taking it back to work.

What I noticed at the memorial from all the photos of David and hearing everyone talk was that he lived his life to the full. He truthfully impacted people. He didn't just take in life...HE GAVE BACK! Even on this web site, it is easy to click on what you need, print it out and leave. David didn't just take...HE GAVE BACK TO ALL OF US. We all read his reports and stories, we all saw his pictures and we all laughed and enjoyed. HE GAVE BACK! And that is the best thing a person on this earth can do!

David's death has made me realize more than ever that we need to give back to this world. All of our clocks are ticking and when the Good Lord takes us we can't argue with Him for more time. I hope that whether I have one day or 50 years that I can give back to this earth like David did.

I saw people laughing today...and people crying. And I envy them because I never knew the person that changed there lives so much.

To David's family, thanks for opening the service to all of us at 14ers.com. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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Postby guitarczar » Sat May 12, 2007 10:15 pm

well said inky6900 - thanks for sharing that for those of us who wanted to be there but couldn't
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Postby guitmo223 » Sat May 12, 2007 10:15 pm

That was very touching. I wish I could have been there.
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Postby gsliva » Sat May 12, 2007 10:19 pm

Thanks Inky. I just got back from my son in laws graduation and daughters move home day from college. I was hoping that someone who had attended David's service would post. I'm pleased to say your words made me happy. David's life touched all of us and it sounds like his family and Caroline's received more validation of his life.

Thanks

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Postby Charla aka Chulabelle » Sat May 12, 2007 10:23 pm

It was a beautiful memorial of a beautiful life. I was glad I got to go, even if it were only for a short while. I hope to climb with many of TalusMonkey's friends this summer....I'm ready!
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Postby USAKeller » Sat May 12, 2007 11:04 pm

Inky- very well put. It was nice to meet you! In fact, I had a very nice time meeting all of you who came. We did take a 14ers.com group photo so I'm hoping someone will post it with screen names too!

I think the hardest part about this loss will be understanding and accepting the fact that David physically won't be there climbing with me this summer, so I truly hope that I will climb with any of you sometime this summer.
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Postby Kate » Sat May 12, 2007 11:07 pm

USAKeller wrote:I think the hardest part about this loss will be understanding and accepting the fact that David physically won't be there climbing with me this summer, so I truly hope that I will climb with any of you sometime this summer.


Many people have lost a great hiking partner and friend. I think David would take pride in the fact that many new hiking partnerships will develop from this.

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Memorial

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Sun May 13, 2007 5:42 am

It was nice to meet so many of you at the memorial. While talking with Gary, Caroline and David's family, I got to hear a few more stories about him. I happened to be in talking with them when you guys took the group photo, so maybe we can take another one on a summit this year.

And, Scott, the "14ers Jihad" shirts were top-notch!
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Postby elkheart22 » Sun May 13, 2007 7:06 am

Thanks for posting for those of us that was unable to
be there. My thoughts were with you all yesterday.
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Flow into the sea
Like oils applied to canvas,
They permeate through me. --- Jimmy Buffett

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Postby highaltmama » Sun May 13, 2007 9:56 am

I too stopped by for a short time, looked at the many pics and watched the slide show. Sorry, Caroline that I didn't get to shake your hand or give you a hug. By the time I left I couldn't find you. I also look forward to hiking with David's friends this summer.

Does anyone know how many people signed the book or attended the service?

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Postby KirkT » Sun May 13, 2007 10:14 am

It was very nice to meet so many of the 14er's extended family, albeit the circumstances. The memorial service was very proper and set up as a beautiful tribute to David. The slide show showed over a 100 photos, many of which I have never seen before. It truly was a celebration of his life. The hard back photo albums were a very nice touch to show some of the aspects and people of his life.

Caroline, it was very nice to finally meet you and look forward to this summer's climbs. I too was inside visiting during the group photo, we'll get a good one on one of our hikes this summer.

Take care,

Kirk

Postby CODave » Sun May 13, 2007 8:11 pm

Here are some photos of the Memorial Service and BBQ afterwards:

14ers.com members (L to R: Jeff_F, Shanahan96, Kate, Roozers42, JCWhite, USAKeller, AzScott, Scanner, CODave, swturner, stevevets689, sdkiel)
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Kate, CODave, AzScott, Lady T showing off the 14ers Jihad replica shirts:
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AzScott and CODave drinking Colt 45 as a tribute to TalusMonkey:
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AzScott performing the obligatory Captain's pose:
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CODave performing the obligatory Captain's pose:
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