David Sissom
  • 60 years old
  • Date of birth: Dec 4, 1953
  • Place of birth:
    Sacramento, California, United States
  • Date of passing: Mar 8, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Sacramento, California, United States
Let the memory of David be with us forever

Memorial Service will be held on:

Friday, March 14, 2014 2:00pm

Mount Vernon Memorial Park

8201 Greenback Lane

Fair Oaks, California 95628

Floral arrangements have been made in accordance with David's wishes. Should friends desire, contributions may be sent via paypal to a charity meaningful to David.

Pasitos de Luz provides vital services to disabled children and their families living in and near Puerto Vallarta.

Or to the SPCA of Puerto Vallarta

Or to the SMUIN Ballet charity

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, David Sissom, 60, born on December 4, 1953 and passed away on March 8, 2014. We will remember him forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Andrea Howell on 21st September 2016

"Wow. I am incredibly sad to find that David has passed. What an amazing person. I met David in 1989. We had some really great times together. What I remember most about David was his overwhelming sense of joy, his sense of humor but most of all, the love he had for his children. They meant everything to him. I did not have the pleasure of being in contact with him on a regular basis, I looked him up so I could just say hello. I am sure he is resting peacefully and embracing the legacy of love and respect he left behind. My deepest condolences."

This tribute was added by Scott Sabatini on 10th March 2015

"It is so hard to believe a year has gone by without my wonderful friend. It has been difficult to cope with his loss, but I move forward everyday a stronger person having the pleasure of David being in my life."

This tribute was added by Scott Sabatini on 4th December 2014

"David's memory continues to live on in our hearts.
His presence is always felt in my daily life."

This tribute was added by Brandon Guzman on 30th June 2014

"Sandy, Mark and I are so saddened to hear of Dave's passing earlier this year.  I wish we had kept better touch after we moved to Los Angeles.  I will remember him fondly for the work we did together and more so for the fun we had together.  Whether it was drinks and dinner in El Paso, Texas (of all places) or San Francisco to dinner with the two of you in Seattle David was always infectious in his zest for life and we could not get enough of that energy.  We were so blessed to know him and have him in our lives.  Our love and joy to you always."

This tribute was added by Scott Sissom on 1st May 2014

"We at HKS Architects are so saddened by the loss of David. I worked with David personally on the Omni/Nashville Hotel and Country Music Hall of Fame project in Nashville. From the very minute I met with David it was like magic. I could tell immediately that he was a GREAT GUY. We feel your loss and we will all certainly miss working with David. In my 30+ years in the business, I can tell you "he was the BEST". Please remember this one thing: David was a GIFT from GOD to all of us. WE are all better for knowing David and having him in our lives. God's gift of Davis was for all of us who had the pleasure of knowing him and being around him. It's a precious gift that we can always be thankful for. Our Hearts and Prayers are with YOU and FOR YOU.

-Dan Jansen, AIA
HKS Architects

This tribute was added by Scott Sissom on 1st May 2014

"I have a heavy heart today.
I really enjoyed Dave, and felt we had a special genuine relationship.
He taught me a lot and we enjoyed some truly fun evenings together.
To say he was the optimal professional is an understatement But, what I enjoyed about him most was how he could engage with anyone.
When we would go to dinner he would start up conversations with random people. Often, that would ultimately lead to sharing dinner and cocktails with strangers. Seemed to always be an adventure when mingling with Dave, which made me look forward to the dinner appointments with him on the road.
-Shane Geringer"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Dowdell on 19th March 2014

"Dave was a beautiful person, full of generosity and fun.  Thank you, Dave and Sandy, for introducing me to tacos al pasteur.  My thoughts are with you and all of your family."

This tribute was added by Brenda Retzlaff de Rivera on 14th March 2014

"I met Dave and Sandy about a decade ago in Puerto Vallarta- such a delightful man and lovely couple. I remember when I was helping him find a VW Safari and when he found one, he was like a little boy with a new bike. It was so fun to hear about his escapades of fixing it up and getting to see him driving it around town. He was smart, worldly, witty and a joy to be around. My heart goes out to you Sandy, I am thinking of you and sending you strength and love. Hope to see you in Vallarta."

This tribute was added by Mark Mintzer on 14th March 2014

"I was fortunate enough to meet David back in 2006 when he was researching solutions for Alicia’s back problems.  Just a few short weeks after our initial call; David, Sandy, Alicia and I were in Munich together for Alicia’s surgery.  Even though that one trip more than 7 years ago was my only face to face contact with David, we were together all day, every day for two solid weeks, going through the very intense surgical ordeal.  With such close personal contact during such a stressful time, I feel that I get to know who people really are.  It was so easy to like David with his ready humor and obvious intelligence.  It was wonderful to see his love for Alicia while he supported her through such difficult time.  I hope that I can always be there for my children as he was there for Alicia.

It’s so difficult to find the words.  There is no way to mitigate the pain that David’s loved ones are feeling.  My hope is that while you are grieving, you’ll be able to include plenty of laughter and smiles as you remember the wonderful times you have had with such a fantastic person.  I was lucky to have known him. He will be missed.  

My love to Alicia, Sandy and all of David’s family and friends.



This tribute was added by Alyson Huey-Weaver on 14th March 2014

"Dave always had a warm twinkle in his eye, especially when Sandy was around, and was a wonderful story teller where my sides would end up hurting from laughing so hard. I always came away from talking with him feeling that I had gained wisdom and joy. He was a lovely, unique, person. I will always be so grateful to him for how happy he made Sandy and for enabling Lyle and I to meet at their wedding. Sandy, Scott, and the whole family, I am truly sorry for your loss. love Alyson"

This tribute was added by greta colvin on 14th March 2014

"All I have been able to see is what a beautiful baby David was and what a huge loss his passing is to all of you..I don't want to understand the sadness Norma must feel..To lose a child would be one steep hill to climb. I am reminded of The Great Sadness which is referred to in "The Shack".
David was blessed with a great family. I know he was very proud of you and loved you all so very much. Be Blessed with only good memories within your precious hearts. Love you."

This tribute was added by Bonnie Johnson on 13th March 2014

"My friendship with Dave goes back to the late 1970s'. He and his wife bought our home when we moved to CT to go to graduate school. We used to sing together at church and he was always a talent with a sound system. I've not had the privilege of meeting you Sandy, but I pray God's shalom and comfort for you at this time, as well as for the rest of the family. Bonnie Rudolph Johnson"

This tribute was added by Jack Tilney on 13th March 2014

"'Look for a sexy, flirtatious couple' my partner texted me that evening in North Beach when I was looking around the room to meet Dave and Sandy for drinks and dinner. I knew when I met Dave how special he was, and how lucky I was to meet such an amazing couple. I cherished and always looked forward to any occasion when I knew Dave would be there.  He was always funny, warm, engaging, and generous both with his hospitality and his warm spirit. At dinners, when Dave recounted stories, I loved hearing about the things that brought him joy: skiing, traveling, his friends in places like Seattle, San Francisco, and Puerto Vallarta, and the time he enjoyed spending with family. They all reflected Dave's love and his obvious delight in life.  Dave, you are loved and missed."

This tribute was added by Scott Sissom on 13th March 2014

"Tuesday, March 11, 2014
I knew David only professsionally, but enjoyed working with him very much and will miss the depth of knowledge and professional approach he brought to helping us build a very complex project. David will be missed.
Jeffrey Warren,
Doha, Qatar"

This tribute was added by Scott Sissom on 13th March 2014

"Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Dear Sandy, how sad that we have lost David.He will remain in my memory as one of the original and special ones here at Avenue One. He was my friend, not just not another resident. After all these years, I will miss him a lot. In addition to my reflections of him are my thoughts for you. Let me know if I can do anything to help. Love, Sam"

This tribute was added by Scott Sissom on 13th March 2014

"Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Dave will be missed.
I have a fond memory of the twinkle in Dave's eye when he added Tabasco sauce to his meal.
Dave was a true professional and a gentleman!
Bob Cronk
Select Hinges"

This tribute was added by Scott Sissom on 13th March 2014

"Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Dave inspired me personally and professionally from the first time we met, over a decade ago. His unwavering positive attitude towards all situations, including his final battle, make him one of the most impactful people in my life and the lives of many, many others. The fantastic times we spent in Europe, Mexico and countless cities across the US are among the best I've ever had. Even though he is no longer physically with us, he will always be with me.
Eric Van de Bovenkamp,
Guilford, Connecticut"

This tribute was added by Scott Sissom on 13th March 2014

"Tuesday, March 11, 2014
This life is only a lesson, in a long series of lessons we must all pass through. From my point of view, it seems Dave got straight A's in this lesson. Way to go brother! See you on the other side. Love all around.
Rhett Butler,
New York, New York"

This tribute was added by Miguel Aguilera on 13th March 2014

"I met Dave and Sandy thirteen years ago at our mutual friend John Clarke's birthday party. From the first day I loved Dave's magical way of engaging people. His great energy and strong presence made him a natural in social arts: fun to be around, funny, and always discovering laughter and joy in conversation. To me, he rolled like a movie star: full of talents and able to deliver those talents for the people around him. I will always remember and cherish our long nights out together in San Francisco and Puerto Vallarta, full of story sharing and laughter.  Dave loved life, and was one of the strongest fighters for life and the happiness it can bring that I have known. I wish Sandy and Dave's family my deepest condolences. I will always treasure and carry the memories of the experiences and joy Dave brought to me and those around him. He will be deeply missed."

This tribute was added by Pat Lane on 12th March 2014

"Lynn and I have known David and Sandy as mutual condo owners in Puerto Vallarta. David will be missed by everyone at Copa de Oro. We look forward to honoring his memory here with Sandy and other residents when she is ready. We have and will think of her often."

This tribute was added by Eric Darius on 11th March 2014

"I met Dave, aka, Elton John, about ten years ago in San Francisco through Miguel Aguilera.  He engaged me in conversation and made me feel like I was the only person in the room.  His laugh was infectious and he had a scheming way about his stories that fascinated me. He was fun.  I remember hearing of his illness and thinking, this guy will beat this, he will.   My best to Sandy and Scott and I am sorry for the loss of this great man, whom I referred to as Elton John.  Dave was the Island Boy (not girl) at the heart of EJ's song!  And Dave in your getaway, may you go out in joy, and be led forth in peace; and may the mountains and hills burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field clap their hands.  You will be missed and remembered for as many years as it takes for all those who love you, to join you."

This tribute was added by Fabien Gestas on 11th March 2014

"I met Dave and Sandy 15 years ago in San Francisco through our mutual friend, John Clarke.
The first time I met Dave, and each subsequent time I saw him, I knew he was truly one-of-a-kind. Wickedly smart and funny; warm and engaging; a truly exceptional person. I will always remember his infectious laugh.
My deepest condolences to Sandy, Scott and the entire family. May peace be with each of you in this difficult time."

This tribute was added by Ellen Chernin Sperling on 11th March 2014

"RIP Dave. I can't think of anyone I know who knew how to enjoy life the way Dave did. He made every day a "party" and I know that so many of us have learned an amazing lesson from him. His life was a gift to all! My thoughts are with Sandy and his family."

This tribute was added by Cheri Minchew on 11th March 2014

"May God bless you all an keep you in his arms !! I love u am will keep u in prayer !!! Your Cousin Cheri"

This tribute was added by Nello Rusca on 11th March 2014

"David... Thank you for the great contribution to the door and hardware Industry. I and the HOK Family enjoyed working with you. I take the opportunity to mention that UCI Hospital Replacement was a complete success. RIP my friend!!!"

This tribute was added by Ellen Peters on 11th March 2014

""David was such a fun and full of life person. I will always remember his generosity, the great time he and Sandy showed me in PV and all the wonderful days spent with him and the entire Sissom family. My heart goes out to all of you, I am so sorry for your loss."

This tribute was added by Scott Sabatini on 11th March 2014

"David was a very special and unique person in the door and hardware industry. He will be missed as a great friend, mentor and business partner. I will strive to fill his shoes and his memory will live on through my work. My deepest condolences to Sandy and the your entire family."

This tribute was added by Dianna Wacker on 11th March 2014

"Will forever remember our wonderful day with you and Sandy in PV Mexico. Like Michael, you've been through a "Battle" and a real "Trooper". I wish you both love and peace, cousin Dianna"

This tribute was added by Clifford Dickey on 11th March 2014

"RIP Dave. Thank you for being a part of the family, thank you for giving me two beautiful Nieces. You will always be remembered with good memories."

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