ForeverMissed

     He's somewhere in the sunlight strong,

     His tears are in the falling rain,

     He calls me in the wind's soft song,

     And with the flowers he comes again.

 

     Yon bird is but his messenger,

     The moon is but his silver car;

     Yea! Sun and moon are sent by him,

     And every wistful waiting star.

 

                               ~

 

"Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal,

     love leaves a memory no one can steal"

 

                               ~

 

"It's not the years in your life, but the life in your years"

 

                               ~

Charitable donations can be made in David's name to the Nature Conservancy at www.nature.org/memorialgiving.

 

Posted by Julia Simon on February 22, 2018
Today is David’s birthday, and although missing him immensely today (and every day), I am filled with happy memories I will forever cherish. A beacon of light, love, vitality, happiness, wisdom, full of spirit and a beautiful soul. To best honor and celebrate his being; take an adventure, spend time in nature, plant something, donate to an environmental cause, give a positive thought or cheers, share a smile, contact someone you love and tell them, remember how precious life and our relationships with each other are. <3 I love you forever Dave!
Posted by matt iannuzzi on February 22, 2018
happy bday sir - you were a great guy to be friends with
Posted by John Zane on February 22, 2016
Happy birthday brother. Thinking of you always
Posted by matt iannuzzi on February 22, 2016
happy birthday sir dave - miss you ya buddy
Posted by Jane Austin on July 3, 2015
"He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us more potent, nay, more present than the living man."
                   Antoine de Saint Exupery

We think about you all the time and miss you Dave.  
Love,
The Austin Family
Posted by Patrick Pagano on February 22, 2014
In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit."
--Albert Schweitzer

As I see it, David's spirit continues to ignite many and will forever endure, especially in you, his incredible and loving family who share that flame...
Posted by Mark Wagner on February 22, 2014
You were with Johnny Z. and I shredding the famous Stony Creek Ravine backcountry gnar this week. We'll cheers one in your memory tonight. Thinking of you always...
Posted by ann kelly on July 4, 2013
I miss you David. In my mind, you will always be forever young.
Posted by Julia Simon on July 3, 2013
From Your Mother... You always did your best David, always, and I try to do that too. I have so much respect for you and love. Miss you terribly. You are with me always. Twenty-eight wonderful years but how can that be enough? So happy that you lived your life to the fullest but sadder that I couldn't take away the pain beautiful boy.
Posted by Ben Blandford on July 3, 2013
Miss You Dave. The more time that passes makes me realize just how genuinely good you always were to not just me but everyone. If the world had more people like you it would be a way better place.
Posted by Liz Peng on July 2, 2013
You're starting to visit more frequently in my dreams again Dave... so happy to see your face, so sad when i awake. but always good to know you're still checking in on me, as you always have. will be taking a walk along the lake tomorrow, rain or shine, hope to see you there..
Posted by sally fisher on June 23, 2013
I love reading these tributes. The common thread, besides the obvious love, is that everyone still feels and sees him in nature
Posted by Chris Nolan on June 22, 2013
David sounds like an amazing son, friend and man. Although I've never had the pleasure of meeting David, I thoroughly enjoyed learning about his life adventures here and can relate to him as a collector of life experiences, facing compelling life challenges. My heart doesn't know the loss of a son, but it does feel your love as I read these beautiful tributes by his family and friends.
Posted by Julia Simon on May 29, 2013
Thinking of you Davie.. it's a hot, sunny, beautiful day and you would be loving every second of it. You're here with me, I know.
Posted by Katherine Derian on February 22, 2013
Happy 30th birthday. I'll be outside looking all over for you today. Like everyday...
Posted by Julia Simon on February 22, 2013
Happy 30th Birthday Davie... I love you!
Posted by John Zane on February 22, 2013
Happy 30th Dave! Think about you all the time, I'm still living every day like you were right here with me, because I know you are in spirit. Love you brother!
Posted by Matt Walklet on January 18, 2013
Dave, Had a dream with you in it last night. It seemed like just after High School, i picked you up from the airport with a couple of our friends and we played an intense game of risk on the way home talking about life. Thank you for teaching me that you don't have to be "popular" to be cool. Today is my son Ben's first birthday, i wish that he had gotten to meet him and him you.
Posted by Katherine Derian on January 13, 2013
I never believed in much, but I believed in you. -- Neil Young
Posted by Julia Simon on August 8, 2012
I miss you every single day David. My heart aches for you to come back. I miss your smile and that infectious giggle. I am so lucky to have had you..
Posted by ann kelly on July 3, 2012
Dear Dave,
  Its crazy hot around here these days. Which reminds me of the time, in weather just like this, when we talked about the joys of jumping in lake surperior. The next we heard, you and a car full of buddies had driven to the yoop to do just that. We miss your smile, your laugh, and your adventurous soul. Love, uncle jim
Posted by Liz Morgan on July 3, 2012
Beth, Dan, Al, Julia...thinking of you today more than usual. Seems so fitting that in the midst of this draught, even the sky sheds tears today. Love you, Liz
Posted by ann kelly on July 3, 2012
Dear david,
 This year has brought a major shift in the lives of your family and friends. Our loss brings renewed pain on this anniversary of that day in july when we heard the news. You live on in our memories. Love, annie
Posted by Josh Jacobson on July 3, 2012
Hey Dave, been thinking about you a lot the last few days, especially today. You would be so proud of the strength of your family, and so proud of Al. Thanks for the memories, and for leaving your mark on so many of us.
Posted by sally fisher on July 3, 2012
Dear Dave, Everyone is thinking of you today, a day that won't ever be the same for us. You certainly are loved and missed, dearly.
Posted by Jeb Fisher on February 23, 2012
Happy birthday, Cuz. This still just doesn't make any sense at all. You are greatly missed.
Posted by Beth Simon on February 22, 2012
Happy Birthday dear David. I feel you with me and honor you everyday. I am so proud to be your mother and so fortunate to have had you with me for 28 years. On this day, we plan to hike the park and look for antlers that the deer have shed. How often you were successful at finding them, as with four-leaf clovers. Life loved you! I love you.
Posted by Jessie Fisher on February 22, 2012
Happy Birthday, Dave. I love you, miss you and think of you all the time.
Posted by matt iannuzzi on February 22, 2012
HAPPY 29th BIRTHDAY SIR DAVE - I WILL FOR SURE BE HAVING A FEW BEERS IN SPIRIT OF YOU TODAY TO CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY....MISS YA BUDDY
Posted by Tyler Burr on February 22, 2012
Happy Birthday Dave. We all miss you so much Buddy. So much love coming your way from Colorado.
Posted by Katherine Derian on February 22, 2012
Happy Birthday my Daveeeeed! My day is all about you-leaving work early to go hike in the Appalachian Mountains, making your favorite ratatouille with all local veggies, listening to free bird, sprinkled with a little gangsta rap on the side. You're with me every single day, but today I'm doing it up big. I love you
Posted by John Zane on February 22, 2012
Happy Birthday Dave! Think about you all the time, miss you so much! Especially missed you on our trip to Colorado. But even though you weren't there physically, I know you were there in spirit, shreddin the slopes, chillin in the company of great friends, enjoying all this world has to offer. Love ya brah!
Posted by Paul Tulikangas on February 22, 2012
Happy birthday buddy! Missing you always...
Posted by ann kelly on February 22, 2012
David. Today is your birthday. We didn't know what to do, so we took a walk through Stoney creek park, a place where you spent so many days as a child. So many memories of you out there. Miss you greatly. We see you everywhere in the woods. Aunt Annie
Posted by sally fisher on February 22, 2012
Dear David, I have come to know you better in these past months than I ever did before, through the love of those you have left behind. You are so greatly missed
Posted by Julia Simon on February 22, 2012
Happy Birthday Davie.. missing you so much, every single day. I'll always love you.
Posted by Ben Blandford on January 16, 2012
Dave,

I havent written to you until now. I miss you so much. I think about you every single day. The toughest part hasnt been the days that have passed, it is the thought of there being so many left without you.
Posted by Liz Morgan on December 1, 2011
Thought of you a lot the last few days. Must be something about the snow and the quiet that comes with the winter months. I was watching Jacob fall unabashedly into the snow yesterday afternoon and thinking of how you lived your life, embracing nature in all its glory. I love EVERY MOMENT more because of you David and I'm still learning to slow down and to soak in the moments. xo
Posted by sally fisher on October 19, 2011
Dear David, I always look for you in nature's beauty and surprises. The oak tree will be a beautiful, strong, living symbol of your love for the earth and sky.
Posted by Julia Simon on October 18, 2011
I love and miss you big brother <3
Posted by Julia Simon on October 15, 2011
from your mother,...
David I love you. Today we picked out an Oak tree for you and I'm so happy about that. You're always on my mind, always. With Love, Ma
Posted by ann kelly on October 6, 2011
David David David. Its just wrong. We still can't believe it. Missing you.
Posted by maggie dibardino on September 5, 2011
I will cherish my high school and freshman year of college memories I was so lucky to share with Dave-including Dave taking me to my first rally in Detroit and showing me all the rage against the machine albums in his car. I will miss him and love him forever. He is so special.
Posted by Karolina Karlic on July 18, 2011
Dave, you touched my heart when we first met at youth. That smile of yours was contagious. May your spirit be as free as always. I still remember all the times we would just get in a car and go, no questions asked. A trip to Florida....why not. Sending love and strength!
Posted by Kerby Keller on July 12, 2011
Dave was always so much fun to be around, his positive attitude was contagoius. I happen to have been very lucky to have shared many memories with dave and will always cherish them. Dave you will be missed dearly.
Posted by Mark Caldwell on July 12, 2011
I will miss Dave dearly. There are many fond memories, like the times we shared canoeing the Pine River, playing whiffle ball in Charleviox, diving into the snow on Thanksgiving in swimsuits and the conversations we shared. Dave's memory will always be etched in my heart.
Posted by Jonathan Tull on July 12, 2011
I met Dave through Al. While it had been a while since I last saw him, I'll always remember his outgoing and energetic nature. He was a smart and genuine guy and will be missed by many. My condolences go out his family and close friends.
Posted by matt iannuzzi on July 12, 2011
dave was a good and classy guy - ive known him since high school...he always me laugh and smile

~ matt iannuzzi
Posted by Angela Bennett on July 11, 2011
Foosball in the basement, vollyball in the back yard and mid-night games of "Driver" on the Playstation. Though we were only kids in highschool when I saw him last, my memories of Dave are those that ignite happiness. Love to those who loved him most. He will be missed.
Posted by Mark Wagner on July 11, 2011
From the bike trails and disc golf course at Stoney Creek to the Fleetwood in Ann Arbor and the mean streets of Grand Junction, you always found a way to enjoy yourself and those around you. Whenever I'm outdoors thoughts of you will always keep me smiling buddy...
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Posted by Julia Simon on February 22, 2018
Today is David’s birthday, and although missing him immensely today (and every day), I am filled with happy memories I will forever cherish. A beacon of light, love, vitality, happiness, wisdom, full of spirit and a beautiful soul. To best honor and celebrate his being; take an adventure, spend time in nature, plant something, donate to an environmental cause, give a positive thought or cheers, share a smile, contact someone you love and tell them, remember how precious life and our relationships with each other are. <3 I love you forever Dave!
Posted by matt iannuzzi on February 22, 2018
happy bday sir - you were a great guy to be friends with
Posted by John Zane on February 22, 2016
Happy birthday brother. Thinking of you always
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Shared by Ariana Toth on February 26, 2017

I'm so sad to just learn of David's passing. I went to Hugger and Hart with him (and rode the same bus) but moved to another school district after 7th grade and never saw him again. He was such a smart kid, funny too. It sounds like he had a very full, if short, life. He certainly made an impression, even at a young age. I wish I could have known him as an adult too. I'm so sorry that you lost him so young.

Shared by Beth Simon on July 4, 2015

July 3, 2015 we celebrate David all day and late into the evening. This was a David style day with wonderful friends and outdoors for easily 24 hours!  John and Paul swimming, music, boating to Detroit and back, lots of food and drink and a late night Bon fire into the wee hours. Kyle with his lighted frisbee made the back yard come alive!  We all love the memories and miss you, so much.  Miss your smile and hugs.


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Shared by Bruce Clemens on March 13, 2014

David I only knew you as a baby and toddler, but even then you were so full of joy of life that I find it difficulty to imagine the world withou you in it.