Dr. David Huntley
  • 65 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 28, 1950
  • Place of birth:
    San Mateo, California, United States
  • Date of passing: Jul 4, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    San Diego, California, United States
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to come in at full speed, sliding sideways, body thoroughly used up, screaming 'HOLY S#&T, What a ride!' (Anonymous)

This memorial website was created in memory of an amazing husband, father and grandfather, Dr. David Huntley, 65, born on February 28, 1950. Sadly, after a courageous two and a half year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)  his incredible life ended July 4, 2015. We will miss and remember him forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Dave Mark on 5th July 2017

"Hi Dave. Hard to believe you have been gone for 2 years. I still think about you often, and miss you. I hope it is not too hot where you are. :-)"

This tribute was added by Lana Patel on 28th February 2017

"Happy Birthday, Dave!! Miss you much."

This tribute was added by Michael Hazelton on 21st July 2016

"I was shocked to hear of David's passing. We grew up together in elementary school. David was the Capitan of the school crossing patrol and he made me his first lieutenant. I will always remember that honor. I am sorry we never looked each other up, as we both ended up in the San Diego Area."

This tribute was added by Dave Mark on 5th July 2016

"Hi Dave. Had a great memorial swim in La Jolla yesterday morning. Shari couldn't swim due to a recent foot surgery. However, she pick up a lei for us to release in the water. I swam out with the lei around my neck. It was like an anchor and slowed my swimming way down (that's my excuse). When we got to the approximate location where we released your ashes (they moved your buoy), we all said some words about how you changed our lives. I noted that if it wasn't for you, I would probably be living under a freeway overpass. :-) After the swim, Lina treated us to an excellent breakfast at the Coffee Cup. It was a beautiful morning and a great visit with some wonderful people. Miss you."

This tribute was added by Sabrina Parker on 4th July 2016

"Sorry guys, I know the format is weird but it was the easiest way for me to get this out.

Dear Dad,
    This year has been a lot of firsts, both good and bad. This was the first year that I didn't have my mentor, someone that I could bounce ideas and thoughts off of. I have to be thankful that you were there for me at all of those critical points in time in which your thoughts and advice were turned into life altering decisions. I miss our conversations that weren't full of bullshit but were dripping with sarcasm. I think about you constantly and  sometimes still have conversations with you, however your advice tends to be repetitive from previous conversations. No matter, it is still helpful and brings a smile to my face.  
   This was the first year that I couldn't wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Father's Day or a Happy Birthday, and well, that sucked. I am finally doing a pretty good job at being an adult these days and when I wanted to pick up the phone and talk to you about it, well that sucked as well. I would love to talk politics with you, but in a way I think that you might have lucked out with this whole Trump deal.
    So since I can't talk to you and give you a big hug, I think about all of the great memories that I have with you. I think about the trips we went on, or the homework you helped me with. I think about all of the great things that you have done with your life, from inspiring so many people to be great scientists, or helping them to train physically for something that they never thought they would be able to do. I use your techniques to help out my students at school, or your words to try to positively influence others actions. Everyday I miss you, everyday I think of you and everyday I try to do better because you were such a positive role model in my life.

Love always,


P.S. I got a tattoo for you the other day. I know it's ironic because you hated my tattoos, however it is my way of always having you with me."

This tribute was added by Lana Patel on 4th July 2016

"Thinking of my brother-in-law, Dave today.  We miss him and think of him every day. He was our hero. When I see fireworks, I think of Dave and I think maybe he wanted it that way. He wanted to go out with a bang! RIP
Lana, Dave, Tyler and Kaden"

This tribute was added by Dave Mark on 29th February 2016

"Happy Birthday Dave. You are deeply missed. It is hard enough to go to a Padres game. But, going without you will be extremely difficult. :)"

This tribute was added by Dana Peterson on 10th August 2015

"Dave - You are a man of many strengths.  I am so grateful you chose Lina as your life partner.  I loved watching her blossom in the care of your love and we enjoyed all our "outings - dates" with you!  I have so many fond memories of time together.  DMP3 will continue the fight in your honor to find a cure for ALS.  Love you!  Dana"

This tribute was added by Deb Gaudet on 8th August 2015

"To an individual who encompassed life's passions in everything he did and represented. Your energy will live on through your actions and your spirit will continue to guide us all. Always love and be loved."

This tribute was added by Sam Williams on 8th August 2015

"Dave was one of my most inspirational mentors.  Under his guidance, I became a moderately successful consultant working as a contaminant hydrogeologist.  Well that was back in the mid-1980s.  We stayed in touch over the years and our paths crossed a few times, once when we were expert witnesses for the same client.  I found this intimidating and comforting at the same time!  A few years ago, he convinced me to start running triathlons for the personal challenge and in support of the Challenged Athletes Foundation.  As much as I tried, I was never as fast as Dave!  I'll miss swimming the Cove with him, and talking smack about our respective times at various triathlons!!  Thanks Dave for all of your support, guidance and inspiration."

This tribute was added by Bob Collar on 27th July 2015

"We always had a friendly rivalry at one employer over which school for hydrogeology in the U.S. was the best (SDSU), kidding those who went to school in Arizona and New Mexico.  On a number of occasions during my career I’ve told people of being accepted to graduate school at SDSU, choosing to enroll there instead of another top school in California.  And, I point out that I never regretted that decision and in fact was so happy to have received such a great and practical education under Dave and his program.  I am glad that, in the fall of 2014, I shared these long overdue sentiments with Dave, who felt comforted knowing of the positive impact he had on his students."

This tribute was added by John McHugh on 25th July 2015


He lead by example.  I remember thinking Dave (my professor) was so confident.  I soon realized that his experience, knowledge, and intellect were the basis for this confidence.  I later found as I continued being mentored by him that he is generous also.  For all the hydrogeologists you trained - Thank you!"

This tribute was added by Nick Grillo on 23rd July 2015

"“On the death of a friend, we should consider that the fates through confidence have devolved on us the task of a double living, that we have henceforth to fulfill the promise of our friend's life also, in our own, to the world.” Henry David Thoreau"

This tribute was added by Larry Clark on 23rd July 2015

"Dave was an inspiration intellectually. I enjoyed talking with him about any subject. He was so well informed.  He also was an inspiration for me to keep in physical shape. :-)  Thanks Dave."

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