ForeverMissed

Thank you to all of you who still hold my Dad in a special place of your hearts. I love seeing that people still remember and share stories here! Please continue and add pictures too! 

Thanks Katie (Gaisford) Booth

Posted by Kelly Gaisford on January 18, 2021
Dear David,
How can it be 10 years since you left us? 12.5 years since Kimmy left?
I miss you more each passing year. Just wish I could pick up the phone and hear your voice. Miss laughing with you, you had the greatest laugh. I miss our tribe before most of it disbanded. Harrison is 13, 6'1" already and playing basketball. You would like him and he would like you. Saylor is now 6 years old and says the craziest things. Sometimes I think you are whispering in his ear just to make me wonder! Give mom and dad hugs from me and of course Kimmy. Tell them how much I love and miss you all. See you on the other side one of these days. Not too soon but miss you dearly! Your little sister, Kel
Posted by Myrna Harris on January 18, 2021
Ten Years, how can that be possible? I think of you often and miss you always my friend. 
Posted by Kent Gaisford on January 18, 2021
Dearest Dave -
It’s simply unbelievable that 10 years have passed ….such a shame how much life and experience has been taken from you. The last time I let this much time pass between us without talking was after our Park City trip. How I regret letting that kind of time slip away while you were still here. Life is precious, and every moment with loved ones special. I think of you often, and know the veil is thin. You are sorely missed. Until we meet again ....
Posted by Tyler Gaisford on January 18, 2021
Hard to believe a decade has slipped away since you did. You are missed. Love to you and Kimmy and mom and dad.
Posted by Katie Gaisford Booth on January 18, 2021
10 years, but 2020 was one you could have skipped altogether dad. 66 would have looked good on you! I’ll bet you would be retired and doing all your hobbies and living your best life! We all miss you here and can’t wait until we meet again!
Posted by Scott Goldman on January 18, 2021
10 years? Seriously? And you were only 56? As I get older (68 now) and realize how precious the time I have left really is I'm even more shocked at how young you were when you passed. Everyone deserves more time and you would have enjoyed yours more than most. 

You are still missed. My best wishes to your family for an easy day. 
Posted by Jennifer Haun on August 13, 2020
Dave, Happy Birthday
When I get to salt Lake I drive up and say Hi to all you. I miss everyone in your family. Tell your dad and mom Hello for me. I miss the days I came down to California and we went golfing and that one time I went to your track meet. I remember the fun time we had when you came up from BYU. Wally, Diane, and Pam say to tell Hi. take care my friend of everyone that is there with youI hope you see my Dad.  Keep Smiling love you all  Jen Haun
Posted by Scott Goldman on August 13, 2020
It's a weird world out there now, Dave, and it has become a bit difficult to get out to your plaque for the official "Dave Wave" as I go by. (We all have to plan our rides differently as there are few places to stop for water or tasty pastries without dressing like a zombie.) 

I'll get by there soon and in the meantime wish you were here to celebrate your birthday. All the best to your loving family to remain safe and healthy.
Posted by Kent Gaisford on January 18, 2020
Miss you, Bro. We said farewell to Aunt Joyce today. But you already knew that. I’ll be sending you a gift later this year. Much love.
Posted by Myrna Harris on January 18, 2020
Hi David. Hard to believe it's been nine years! I think of you often and will miss you always my friend. 
Posted by Scott Goldman on January 18, 2020
Hello Dave - Nine years later we still wave as we pass your memorial on the side of the road through Hidden Valley. Time may pass but memories of your courage and determination do not. 
Posted by Katie Booth on August 13, 2019
No Medicare or AARP for you Dad! Someone had an interesting covert plan for you not to have to grow old!
Forever young and handsome is how you will remain! I miss you daily still!
Katie
Posted by Chip Morgan on August 13, 2019
I was just telling a story yesterday about a wild arrest which took place in the North end of Boise way back when. Made me remember Dave and the good times we had working and recreating together. Rest in Peace, old friend.

Chip
Posted by Scott Goldman on August 13, 2019
Hey Dave… Alan G. and I just went through Hidden Valley and did the "Dave Wave" as we passed your plaque. We still talk about you and think of you often. I just turned 67 and want you to know that I appreciate and treasure every single day as I know you would want me to. You are always remembered. 
Posted by Julie Nilsson on January 19, 2019
Dave you are truly missed.
Life changes in a moment for all of us.
As the years pass none of us forget the wonderful memories of you and Jeannie.
You loved her more than life and I reflect on her selfless attitude and the love she had for you.
You were one lucky man to have her just as she was lucky to have you.
Your smile, sense of humor and wisdom always brings a smile to my face.
Missing you!
Julie
Posted by Scott Goldman on January 18, 2019
Hiya Dave,
Whenever big challenges arise I think of you. I've taken inspiration from your fight and will always remember you. Even though we only knew each other a short time I remember you well and respect how you approached your all-too-brief time. Rest easy, friend.
Posted by Carolyn Joy on January 18, 2019
Miss you my friend. Can't believe it would be your Medicare birthday this year. Where has the time gone?
Posted by Kent Gaisford on January 18, 2019
It saddens me that making memories together came to an end. Think of you often. You are sorely missed....and loved. The Gaisford Reunion in the Hereafter will be a great celebration!
Posted by Tyler Gaisford on January 18, 2019
You are missed. So many things should have been different. Love to mom, dad and Kimmy! xo
Posted by Katie Gaisford Booth on January 18, 2019
8 years today. The world keeps moving so fast that it hardly seems possible that it’s been so long. Life is moving on without you but I feel you at times watching over me so it gives me comfort. I still think I’ll just pick up the phone and hear your voice or be seeing you soon but there is much to be done here before that can happen. I love you dad!
Posted by Katie Booth on January 19, 2018
Dad, I’m missing you on this day! You have been on my mind a lot lately! So much has happened in 7 years that you have missed. I keep thinking it’s just been a long time since I’ve seen you and can’t wait to see you again. Not in this life of course, I’m reminded, but in the next! I feel you with me when your songs come on the radio! The song “The Living Years” by Mike + the Mechanics has been making me feel all the feels. Lately, I’ve listened to it a lot. So much rings home about it with the unfortunate circumstances that complicated what should have been a peaceful dying process. I try to think of the good times I know we shared and not the turmoil that was going on without you even being aware. I wanted better for you because I wanted you to be happy. I hope you have peace and Happiness now because you are surrounded by your Dad, Mom and Big Sis!
Posted by Scott Goldman on January 18, 2018
Howdy Dave… as I pass your memorial plaque in Hidden Valley I continue to salute. Thanks for the inspiration and the fine example you set for us all to persevere.
Posted by Paul Pearson on October 3, 2017
I have great memories of working with Dave in the late 90's and early 2000. He was a very dedicated man. thank you for allowing me to share in the memory of him.
Posted by Chip Morgan on August 13, 2017
My friend, where have the years gone? I miss you still, rest easy.
Posted by Katie Booth on August 13, 2017
Happy Birthday Dad! This year I bought you a head stone. Sorry it took so long! You know, Gaisford time!
Posted by Scott Goldman on August 13, 2017
Hiya Dave - Happy birthday. I still salute each time we pass your memorial plaque in Hidden Valley. And I still think about the example you set for us all. In good times, enjoy. In tribulation, be strong. We never forget.
Posted by Myrna Harris on August 13, 2017
Happy Birthday David. You are remembered with much love and respect, and missed every single day my friend.
Posted by Scott Goldman on January 18, 2017
As yet another year passes the memories remain fresh. Whenever there is a challenge in my life I think of the strength and courage Dave showed in his dogged persistence of enjoying life to its fullest. Always missed, never forgotten. Rest easy, Dave.
Posted by Julie Nilsson on August 14, 2016
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
Posted by Kelly Gaisford on August 14, 2016
Dear David,
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
Posted by Kent Gaisford on August 13, 2016
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!
Posted by Tyler Gaisford on August 13, 2016
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
Posted by Katie Booth on August 13, 2016
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!
Posted by Chip Morgan on June 26, 2016
Dave,

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!

Chip
Posted by Katie Gaisford Booth on June 25, 2016
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!
https://gofundme.com/28x35hes
Posted by Carolyn Joy on January 18, 2016
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
Posted by Scott Goldman on January 18, 2016
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?
Posted by Kent Gaisford on January 18, 2016
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.
Posted by Kelly Gaisford on January 18, 2016
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
Posted by Jeff Locke on August 17, 2015
Tyler, remember going to CCR at the Coliseum with Dave? You two were such a good band of brothers. Cycle on Dave.
Posted by Tyler Gaisford on August 13, 2015
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.
Love, Ty
Posted by Kelly Gaisford on August 13, 2015
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
Posted by Scott Goldman on August 13, 2015
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.
Posted by Jennifer Haun on January 20, 2015
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
Posted by Tyler Gaisford on January 19, 2015
Well Dave,

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,

Ty
Posted by Kent Gaisford on January 18, 2015
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.
Posted by Scott Goldman on January 18, 2015
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.
Posted by Katie Gaisford Booth on August 13, 2014
Today I'll light a birthday candle for you dad! Today would have been your 60th birthday! I love you and miss you daily!
Posted by Chip Morgan on August 13, 2014
I'm thinking about you buddy and saying a prayer for you and your family.
Posted by Katie Booth on June 13, 2014
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!
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Posted by Kelly Gaisford on January 18, 2021
Dear David,
How can it be 10 years since you left us? 12.5 years since Kimmy left?
I miss you more each passing year. Just wish I could pick up the phone and hear your voice. Miss laughing with you, you had the greatest laugh. I miss our tribe before most of it disbanded. Harrison is 13, 6'1" already and playing basketball. You would like him and he would like you. Saylor is now 6 years old and says the craziest things. Sometimes I think you are whispering in his ear just to make me wonder! Give mom and dad hugs from me and of course Kimmy. Tell them how much I love and miss you all. See you on the other side one of these days. Not too soon but miss you dearly! Your little sister, Kel
Posted by Myrna Harris on January 18, 2021
Ten Years, how can that be possible? I think of you often and miss you always my friend. 
Posted by Kent Gaisford on January 18, 2021
Dearest Dave -
It’s simply unbelievable that 10 years have passed ….such a shame how much life and experience has been taken from you. The last time I let this much time pass between us without talking was after our Park City trip. How I regret letting that kind of time slip away while you were still here. Life is precious, and every moment with loved ones special. I think of you often, and know the veil is thin. You are sorely missed. Until we meet again ....
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Olancha To Mammoth Bike Trip

Shared by Katie Booth on January 6, 2015

Thank you to Craig Kahn for posting the youtube video below. It was so much fun to watch! This was a video/photo compilation from a bike ride trip he took back in 2004. It shows my dad healthy, full of life doing what he loved best all while having a good time with his friends and son Cameron. If you loved my dad and have 20 minutes take a look and it will bring a smile to you face!

Olancha To Mammoth Bike Trip - 4 Days, No Flats, No Crashes http://youtu.be/NXH6jtRSVAg

"The Great MoTown Milkshake Challenge"

Shared by Katie Booth on June 13, 2014

I was recently for informed of the existence of this post (Thank You Carolyn Joy) It's stories like this one that remind me of how my dads life touched others!

John O’Connor- posted onto facebook June, 11 2014 

from the group “I grew up in Moraga”

"The Great MoTown Milkshake Challenge"

Many of you may be unaware of a great moment in the world of Lamorinda sports history which took place at the Lafayette DQ? in the summer of '70 and which involved my pal Dave Gaisford. Dave, no shortage of confidence he, bet me he could drink ten milkshakes in under an hour. He made it to six... we have film of what happened afterward but you don't want to see it, believe me...
***see the rest of the story in the captions of the other 7 photos in the gallery-photo section of this site*** 

Just thinking about stuff

Shared by Kent Gaisford on June 28, 2013

I miss you. Been out marking a course for a ride coming up tomorrow. You're large on my mind. I'm not riding in it, but providing SAG, on my motorcycle. We never rode motorcycles together. Damn. I miss not being able to share life with you anymore. I miss hearing "Gaisford, ...it's Gaisford" on my phone.