- 56 years old
- Date of birth: Aug 13, 1954
- Place of birth:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
- Date of passing: Jan 18, 2011
- Place of passing:
Thousand Oaks, California, United States
The 5 year mark of my dads passing is tomorrow. I think of all he has missed, mostly of the opportunity to be a grandpa to my children. I'll never truly understand why you had to leave in the prime of your life? So healthy and vibrant with what seemed like a whole other lifetime ahead of you. I hope you are at peace with your parents and sister and that you look in on all of us from time to time and are proud of what you see! I love you dad!
"My Dear Dave,
I think about you often.I believe my brother is now right up there by your side.
I can't help but think how we miss you, but more so how you must miss all of us, especially your loving wife ,"Jeannie".
All these years have passed since you left us and still she has stayed strong, and only thinks of the wonderful memories both of you had together. She was your rock in every sense of the word.
I remember how you said to me that without her love and selfless ways you never would have had the will to fight and stay strong.
Oh how you loved her.
People make a choice to either live in the past with self pity... or move forward and take away something positive from a tragedy. How God has worked through Jeannie to help me when I lost my brother Ted. By her strength and ability to accept your death, yet find peace has saved me from so much pain. As you said to me over and over again, your love for her and the tolerance she had in such a challenging time back then made her a saint. You said you did not deserve a woman like her but by the grace of God he sent her to you. He was the happiest man in the universe. I thank you for sharing your feelings about her to me. Both of you blessed my life by your true example of a loving couple. You said shortly before you died that he trusted his life in her hands....how that stuck in my mind only reminds-me of the true meaning of real love.
Take care of my brother up there and thank you for your words of wisdom which I think of about everday"
Been thinking about you all day. Wishing you were here to celebrate your birthday together. Ty texted "Happy Birthday Dave" this AM. Probably why you were on my mind all week and sure enough it was August 13th! Not a birthday or day goes by without thoughts of you and how much I miss you. Still can't believe you aren't here. I often think you are off on a great ride or skiing somewhere and we will see each other soon. Give mom and dad and Kim kisses from me and know I am keeping you in my heart. And be with Kent as he rides his big race inspiring and motivating him as well as Ty on his birthday coming next Saturday! Your sis, Kel xoxoxoxo"
"Happy Birthday, my Brother....you've been foremost in my mind these past few weeks as I prepare to ride another metric century on the 21st (memories of 2010). I feel your presence encouraging me to keep my cadence just right, and remember you grinding up Rock Store Grade and Metcalf. You will always be an inspiration. Miss you and your wisdom. I'm hoping there are bikes where you are!"
"Happy Birthday Dave!!
I woke up with you on my mind, go figure it's August 13th! Another year, wow, where does the time go? I hope you are having a big piece of strawberry shortcake with Kimmy and the folks. You all are missed today and always. Some days it just looms larger than others...today is one of those days.
Happy birthday brother! xoxoxo Ty"
"Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you! I miss you, I miss you, I miss you, I do!
Man dad, I really could have used you in my life this week. We had some construction done in our home and the paint job was atrocious! You never would have left someone's home that way! Needless to say they "tried" to fix it but I'm putting on my painting clothes to do touch ups today, on your birthday. I'll be thinking of you though!"
I just am finishing a month-long trip around the United States on my motorcycle and that made me think of you.
Miss ya, buddy!
"The link below is for Dave's daughter-in-law Raquel (Son, David's wife) and her father has been diagnosed with bladder cancer just like Dave. He is from Ecuador and we are helping to raise the funds to get him a chance at fighting this same cancer that killed my father. If you know and loved my father please donate what you can in his honor!
"Hey David, Carolyn is right, you set the bar super high in the fun & laughter area. Can't believe it has been 5 years and it is going on 3 years for mom in May. Ty and I miss you every day. He had a great health check up today, so glad for that! Keep the inspiration coming, we all feel it! I think it is time I get a headstone for you up in the hood. So glad the Gwen is going up today. I know you aren't there but you are watching! We love you so much! Your sis, Kel xoxo"
"My sweet old friend. Memories are still fresh on all of our adventures over the 40+ years. Think of you often and smile. You will always be in my heart. You set the bar high in the laughter and fun area. Gwen is laying a rose on the Gaisford bench today for me. xoxox Carrie"
"Dude - another year? Your absence is felt every day. The biking season begins, and I'm calling upon your grace and words of encouragement to get me over and through the physical and psychological challenges of the miles ahead.
You were foremost in my mind during my motorcycle tour through southern Utah - remembering those bike trips of the 90's, I know you would have dug this trip….I'm still saddened by "what could have been." Keep those "signs" coming….they work."
"Dave - Astonishing that yet another year has gone by. Just so you know, the "Dave Wave" continues whenever I pass your plaque along our favorite Hidden Valley route.
I hope that the passing of this day is easy for your family and friends. I'll be using thoughts of you as inspiration for an upcoming ride; if you can do what you did then this ride should be a cake walk. Give me a little push up the last part of the climb, will ya?"
"Tyler, remember going to CCR at the Coliseum with Dave? You two were such a good band of brothers. Cycle on Dave."
"Happy Birthday Dave! Hope you are having a big bash with mom, dad and Kimmy and all the rest of our relatives up there. You are missed.
"Happy Birthday David! Hoping they have Strawberry Shortcake in Heaven! Ty and I both woke up texting each other that today is your birthday. Life isn't as much fun without you. Miss your smile and your contagious laugh and encouragement, when you weren't being a pain in the you know what but I can say that as your little sister. Love you forever. xoxoxo"
"Hey Dave - I still wave every time I go by your plaque in Hidden Valley (and that's at least every Sunday). I think of you often and wish you were around to continue setting the example for us all."
"Dave, writing this for mother and myself. It was a good day today so we went to Salt Lake city. We stop and talked to you and the family. Sure do miss you all. I'm sure Dad is up there with your Dad and are having a great time. See you later Keep Smiling J. Haun"
Hard to believe four years has passed. On the other hand I think the the earth's rotation has increased in speed and time is flying by.
You are missed by many. Your grandkids are beautiful and strong, but I'm sure you know that.
If the spirit ever moves you, stop by and say hello...there are a couple of thinks I'd like to know.
As ever your brother,
"Today, on the fourth anniversary of my dear cousin, Dave's passing, I pause to reflect. It's bittersweet for me . . . my place of employment has been making incredible progress towards eliminating the insidious disease that dragged him down - The Big C.
Today also marks, for me, the advent of a new biking season, and I pause to remember how much I learned from Dave about the art and science of biking, and will forever be grateful to him.
Our last ride together was a grueling 62-miler, where he (true to form) kicked my ass on the infamous Metcalf Grade; which he completed with more tubes in him than the bike. It was a team effort, with each of us taking turns drafting off the other. He never complained, but I know he was in excruciating pain for much of the ride. We shared some good rides; from Moab to Park City, Thousand Oaks to San Jose, but the greatest ride of all was sharing life together.
My anger and sorrow have passed. I no longer regret "what could have been," but cherish "what was."
Miss you Bro."
"Hey Dave - it's incredible that four years have passed. So much has happened in that interim but one thing has remained constant… whenever I ride through Hidden Valley (as I will again this morning) and pass by your memorial plaque I wave and say "Hi Dave!"
I thought of you a lot this past year as I went through some surgery and recovery of my own and really understood what guts and fortitude it took for you to get back on the bike as often as you did.
You are still missed."
"Today I'll light a birthday candle for you dad! Today would have been your 60th birthday! I love you and miss you daily!"
"I'm thinking about you buddy and saying a prayer for you and your family."
"I'm thinking of you on your favorite day! Friday the 13th! A good omen, not superstitious, as you were born on a friday the 13th! it's made even more unique this year by the full moon, which won't happen again until something like 2049! I miss you, especially when I look at my children. Sydney is such a beautiful, spirited and super intelligent girl. Asher Lloyd is almost a year! He is a smart,curious and happy boy!"
"Dave, Mom and I came to Salt lake city to visit the family. Dave Boy I miss you alot. The fun times we had and the talks Boy time does fly Well keep smiling Jen Haun"
"You are missed...never thought I would be the oldest in our immediate family, not for at least another 30 years anyway. I hope you and Kimmy and Mom and Dad are whoopin' it up up there. You all are missed here...Kelly and I will keep on keepin' on. You all keep an eye on us. I love you."
"Dave - just wanted to let you know that I still salute your plaque each time I ride through Hidden Valley. I think of you often and know that you'd be the guy I'd ask about any new equipment or training stuff. I confess to feeling a bit robbed - just as we were getting to know each other better you were gone. You are definitely missed."
"Hey David. I can 't believe it has been 3 years since you graced this world with your amazing spirit. Something was wrong tonight . I couldn't sleep and I kept glancing at your photo. Your senior class photo mom kept in the silver frame on her carved chest from China. For a moment I felt utterly alone and I imagined you coming through the front door to go skiing in Big Sky. The only consoling thought is that you, Kim, mom and dad are together. I miss you every day. Ty and I are sticking it out together and doing 'the Gaisford thing' with you forever in our hearts. Look out for us and let us know how you all are . With love for eternity. Your little sister, Kelly. XOXOXO"
"Dave, I had to write you to let you will you please take care of my Mr. Toby. He just pass away so I'm sure he is up there with you and your family and my dad. Dave I miss you and I talk to you alot I always stop there to talk to you all when I go to Salt Lake. Take care my friend Keep smiling Jen Haun"
"Dave. Sorry I miss your Birthday. So Happy birthday Late. I Took Mom down to Salt Lake to the choir and spoken word today. We went up and found The Gaisfords (thank you Kent for the information. We did flowers and talk to everyone there. Back when we would come a visit in California. We as a family just loved The Gaisfords We miss you all God Bless Jen and Nadine Haun"
"Happy Birthday Dad! I miss you so much! Your grandson Asher Lloyd is 3 weeks old today. He is a sweet, beautiful boy. I know you knew him before he was here. Keep watching over us!
"Happy Birthday David! We all love you and miss you every day! I watched the great biking video of you and I loved your dance! No one has legs like you!! Your new grandson Asher is gorgeous and looks just like your baby photos. I love you always, Kel xoxoxoxoxoxoxo"
"Happy Birthday dear friend. xoxox miss you. Carrie"
"Gaisford, ...it's Gaisford. Happy Birthday. Miss you and love you."
"Happy Birthday, Dave. I love you and miss you."
"You left a strong supporting cast buddy. We all think of you often and miss you."
"I put a video up on YouTube of the 2004 bike trip Dave, Cameron, myself and a couple of other friends took from Olancha, CA to Mammoth Lakes, CA. Some great clips of Dave and his sense of humor! http://youtu.be/NXH6jtRSVAg"
"I did not know that Dave had left us. I feel so bad. We had some fun days back when he was here going to BYU. I thought alot of Dave and wonder what became of him. Sounds like he was a very great man and had a family that loved him. I will miss him alot So sorry for your lost."
"Hey David- The anniversary of your departure is not my favorite day so I thought I would send up a tribute the day after! Well, Lance doped, you probably know that and probably don't really care. I will forever remember the courage his story instilled in you and the hope it gave to me. Hoping those of us remaining can Livestrong in your courage. I love you David! Your little sister, XOXO"
"It was too soon, Dave...Give Dad and Kim a hug for me. Miss and love you all.
PS. Don't plan on seeing me any time in the near future!"
"David, Thinking about you and all the fun we had together. Went to our 40th Campolindo High School Reunion and all your friends had a toast in your honor! You will aways be in my heart. xoxox Carolyn"
"Hi Dave - We still think about you a lot but particularly as we ride past your plaque in Hidden Valley. We occasionally stop by to say hello but always salute as we pedal by. You are missed, my friend."
"Thinking about you today and miss you every day my friend."
"Hi David! Merry Christmas! I miss you so much and think about you every day. Katie is going to have another baby, of course you know that already! Sydney is so fabulous as are all of your grandchildren. I love you David. Thanks for keeping an eye on all of us and inspiring us from Heaven. Love to you and Kimmy and Dad! Your little sister, Kel"
"Happy Birthday Handsome! Been thinking about you all day and smiling at the thought of your smile. I hope you're having a wonderful time with your dad and the kitties."
"Happy Birthday Dave,
Shopping spree today Dave in memory of you!
Your always in my heart!
"Thinking of you today David. I know that you're looking down watching over all your family. I'll keep you and all of them in my prayers."
"I miss you every day! I spent this morning looking at old pictures and laughing over happy times. You were a gift to us all."
"One year has now gone by without you here. I am still your little girl waiting for a big hug from her dad! You are so missed, Sydney is growing so big and has no memories of her Grandpa Dave. It makes me sad to know she will grow up without you. Please watch over us!"
"Thinking of Dave today with warm thoughts of working with him. Prayers go out to all of his family whom he loved so much. Kay Davis/Carbolinie retiree."
"Will be riding past your plaque later today buddy , cold day ahead ,and will be missing that large frame of yours to draft behind !"
"Remembering you today, Dave. Whether people knew you as Dad, brother, grandpa or, as we did, Diesel Dave, you are one tough guy to forget. I salute you each time I pass your plaque and think about you often.
May this first anniversary be an easy one for your family. All the best to all of them."
"Dave, I knew a lot about you because I am your sister Kelly's best friend, and I know how she adored you. Please watch over her because she still needs you. She has your Mom to care for, young Harrison, and her new husband, Neal, so please be with her so she finds the strength to be care-giver, daughter, mother, wife, and amazing friend. You remain a light in her life. Be there forever!"
"Happy Birthday, Brother. I think of you all the time, ...and miss you. There's an emptiness within, that will remain forever.
""HAPPY BIRHTDAY BROTHER, I RECENTLY CHANGED JOBS AND ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS, I PUT UP IN MY OFFICE WAS YOUR CARD. RIGHT BEHIND MY DESK, BECAUSE WITH YOU BEHIND ME I CAN DO ANYTHING! SOME TIMES I WISH I HAD A BIGGER PICTURE BUT WHEN I THINK ABOUT YOU I CAN SEE YOU AS BIG AS DAY!"
"Thinking about you especially today, Dave. I hope you're celebrating with the kitties, your dad, and Kim."
"Happy Birthday Dave...you are missed.
Your birthday is coming up, August 13th. You were born on a Friday the 13th and Mom always said that was the luckiest day. Missing you so much. Thinking of you daily. Your Sister, Kel, xo"
I miss you very much , But you live within my heart and my mind. I think of you every time I see a Bike,Yellow Band, especially in my every day task of my Carboline Usage. Your # is still plugged in my phone. LOVE YA!!!!"
"You were sorely missed today Dave at LiveStrong. Andrea and Amanda rode with me, in your honor."
"Really Marilyn ? "Our" boy???
Have you no shame for 18 years of lying to Tanner and Dave about that one?"
"Our boy made it Dave...Class of 2011. He is a wonderful young man and he misses you very much."
"Dave...Sunday is the big day and I am getting my gear ready. This is for you. I hope you are proud and smiling nearby as I run through The Avenue of the Giants. I know you'll be there pushing me across the finish line. I love you and miss you."
"Miss you Dave. I had dinner the other night at the restaurant where you and I had our last lunch together. I couldn't help but wish it was you sitting there with me. You are loved, missed and thought of daily."
"Hey David, Our cuz Kent Gaisford is doing a GREAT job fundraising for his next LIVESTRONG ride in your HONOR! Anyone what wants to donate go to: http://davis2011.livestrong.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=447594&lis=0&kntae4"
"Hey David, I can't believe it is March already. You have been gone for almost two months and the thought of it is unimaginable and the reality unbearable. i wish I could hug you today or at least hear your voice. You have had over 1500 visits to this website. You touched so many peoples lives and we all miss you so much. Too bad there was so little time for you and for each of us with you. Kel, XO"
"It's not the years we spend on earth, but the love we share while here. A quote from a sympathy card from Karen & Mike Booth, Katie Booth's Mother and Father in law."
"My Dad would have loved his Salt Lake City send off!
I love you Dad!"
"Leaving you behind in Utah, this past Friday, was one of the hardest days of my life. We ride on, in spirit, dear Brother. I'll look for you out there on the roads of life."
"Hey Dave, I've been thinking about you today, the day of your burial. A part of you will always be with me - your love of life, your enthusiasm, your kindness, your beautiful soul. I will carry you in my heart always. love, Allyson"
"I didn't know Dave all that well but can tell you he was the toughest guy I ever met. For someone to go through what he did and still have the tenacity and determination to get back on the bike has been a source of awe and inspiration to me.
He is already missed and while I will think of him often I will _always_ think of him as I ride through Hidden Valley. Rest easy, my friend."
"i always smile on Friday the 13th because that was the day my brother David was born. David touched so many people's lives, especially mine. He took me trick or treating, played in the park with me, baptized me when I was 8 years old and always was there for me as I grew up and when I was an adult. I can't believe he is gone, I love him dearly and will miss him forever. XOXOXO Kel"