Let the memory of David be with us forever
  • Passed away on June 7, 2012 .

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, David Willingham, . We will remember him forever.


There will be a Memorial Service, hosted by KARA of Palo Alto, on July 10, 2012.

WHERE: The service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church at 1140 Cowper Street (between Lincoln and Kingsley) in the Chapel (facing Cowper near Kingsley).

TIME: 6:00 - 7:00. The program will be 6:00 - 6:30, followed by refreshments and social.

All are welcome.

Posted by Ed Everett on 7th June 2014
David was one of a kind. He was able to keenly listen to what you said and they look through that and ask just the right question that you didn't want to confront. He helped my after my divorce and my wife and I wouldn't be married and unbelievably happy without his help. David stays in my heart and his advice stays in my head.
Posted by Eric Benhamou on 7th June 2014
Two years later, the hole left by David's passing is still there. I have not been able to fill the void. I miss his guidance and his presence.
Posted by Robyn Miller on 11th December 2012
David has been a mentor and father figure to me for the past 26 years. I will miss checking in with him to hear his thoughts, questions, advice, and his great laughter. I feel blessed to have had the privilege of his guidance and support all these years. I will forever be empowered by his belief in my potential and will remember him with love and gratitude all the days of my life.
Posted by Shelly Gillan on 18th June 2012
I will deeply miss my mentor, teacher and friend.
Posted by Mary Lemmon on 15th June 2012
I was privileged to have known David for all the years he supported Kara in one way or another. His death leaves a great hole in my heart. I will always remember David having a wonderful twinkle in his eyes when he smiled and his fun sense of humor. David, you will be missed!!!!!!
Posted by Mark V on 14th June 2012
David was a unique man, full of life, wisdom, caring, and laughter. He was someone you could trust completely and he brought out the best in me. Over the years, his stories helped me learn a lot about him even as they helped me learn more about myself. He was a very special person. He was a source of light as we worked together. I have a lot of gratitude; I will miss him greatly.
Posted by Jim Bronson on 14th June 2012
How can death stop a vibrantly alive person like David? He was instrumental in my life in many ways: as a therapist helping me find the way after my first wife's long lingering death by cancer, as a mentor and advisor in putting together Kara's community outreach and education program 2000 to 2011, as a supporter of the community connected with Creative Initiative Foundation, and a friend
Posted by Donald Allen on 14th June 2012
I knew David well for over 25 years at Kara. I'll never forget his compassion, sheer humanity, depth of understanding of the human dilemma and the sharing of his own pain and character. He taught by conventional means, but more importantly by deep personal revelation and keen observation. He made Kara more of a "Healing Community" and touched us deeply. Susan and I are immensely saddened.
Posted by Bob Pelikan on 14th June 2012
I remember when Jerilyn and I went to see David because we didn't know what to do about out 16 year old son Rob coming home with an ear ring. He excused himself from our little circle, rummaged around in his desk drawer for a moment and produced a picture of long haired hippy and told us to not worry he'll grow out of it. It was a picture of himself at 16. 
Posted by Sue Carter on 13th June 2012
David was a a mentor, teacher, cheerleader and friend to me, I will miss him terribly. His love for his family and his zest for life were inspirational. He was a rare human being, whose care and compassion was life changing to so many. I will be forever grateful to have known him and will always remember him.
Posted by Ed Everett on 13th June 2012
David’s passing leaves a hole in the fabric of the many people’s lives. We are together today because of David’s insightfulness, clarity and his ability to get people to look at themselves and others without judgment. The love Mary and I share today is a way that David’s spirit lives on for us. David is someone who lived his life in a way that he left the world a better place.
Posted by Matt S on 13th June 2012
David was a wonderful human being and so good at his work. He was intellectual, interesting, funny, astute and compassionate. He helped me tremendously to make good decisions and keep my life on track. I wish I had the opportunity to thank him properly. I am very sad to hear of his death. I hope his family can take comfort from the many people whose lives he made a big difference in.
Posted by Eric Benhamou on 12th June 2012
David helped me through the most difficult life crisis I ever encountered, after the death by suicide of my wife. His rich understanding of human nature and his fine insights have been of immeasurable comfort to me. I never expected an active and athletic man like him to pass away so quickly. I will miss him deeply. Eric

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