When I look at my years at SRHS (83-87), my strongest and most important memories are of Dave. I started out as a student in P.E. and quickly moved into a role where I was assisting him in class. Not a surprise looking back on that, considering that I have been an Executive Assistant for the majority of my career.
I wish that I had kept in touch with Dave long after high school, and it is beautiful to see all of the remembrances people have posted here about him.
The last time I saw Dave was on a return visit to Tucson, a couple years after I had graduated, married, and moved to Boston. We visited, me as a married young adult, he, the once teacher who became my friend and lifelong inspiration.
I have fond memories of friendship, specifically throughout high school. Yes, he mentored me, but subtly. He truly cared about me, and my relationships with friends and family. He welcomed me into his life as well as his family's, and while I didn't spend time specifically with them, I received family Christmas cards for years as the kids grew up.
I wish that I could quote fully what he once wrote in my yearbook as I decided to move from Tucson to live with my mom in Boston. It has stayed with me all these years because it was a pure and beautiful sentiment -- and that was that distance may separate you in miles, but friendship will always be the bridge that keeps you close. Those aren't the exact words, and I can only imagine that he spoke these same words to so many others, given how inspirational he was to so many. These were the words that gave me strength and forever sealed the friendship that we successfully forged.
He had such a great spirit. For years I wondered about him, even tried to find him online without success. I googled him extensively, asked others if they knew about him, but it was impossible to find information. A few years ago someone posted on Facebook that he was in California and living with Parkinson's and not doing well, and I thought to write and am regretful that I was unable to fulfill that desire before he passed. But I am content with the knowledge that he was loved by so many, and he loved and showed compassion to so many more. And I cherish the gifts that he bestowed upon me day to day in high school, and the happiness that I have felt every time I have thought of him for the past 25+ years.
His light will continue to brighten my path for the rest of my life.
Thank you Dave.