I hope by keeping this available that his beautiful nephew Will be able to get to know the wonderful man you were.
A year has passed without your hugs and sweet smile. We miss you and love you forever.
I often think of you and your smiling face, Davey. You had a way of making everyone feel special! You are missed by so many; but, you also left us with many wonderful memories. Till we meet again~
Love ya like a cousin! Miss you everyday, but keep smiling thinking about you. Take care of all those that follow you, and will see you later, not sooner!
Happy Belated Birthday David!
McGovs is not the same without you.hope your bday was awesome up there.
Dave, The fishing community has lost another brother. I am gunna miss your apperances, on hook shots with Joe. when i am gone i will surely surely clap my hands rub them together and press the small of your back miyagi style, when we are shark fishin in heaven.
Dave, I will always remember you as the loving, generous, caring and kind man you were. Your laugh was infectious and your wit always quick. Thank you for many sweet memories and for being there for me, even from a far. I wish you deep peace and endless love.
You will be missed,until we meet again brother.
Jerry, I'm very sorry to hear of your son's passing, no matter the age its still difficult. Sandy Nelson
Dear Betsy, Jerry and Ann Marie,
I was so very, very sorry to hear of your loss. Your family has always held a special place in my heart and I hope the many prayers sent your way can help to ease the pain in this time of deep sorrow. All my love, Deb
Dave's passing reminds me of how fragile life is. He sure was a great guy.
Dave, I am glad to have known you. Every time I saw you were so upbeat and positive. You were truly someone others wanted to be around, and that is something special. I'll never forget your fisherman stories, now teach my cousin Justin how to get the big ones up there! See you again some day friend.
So hard to believe my "Super Dave" will not be around for a hug the next time I stop by McGov's. All the beautiful words written about you are so true. You were a very special person. Now that you won't be taking me fishing this summer.....have fun fishing with my Dad up in heaven. He has all the hot spots checked out since he went "gone fishing" in Jan. I can just imagine the fish stories the 2 of you would tell! Catch a big one!
I never had the pleasure of meeting you David, but your father speaks so highly of you and his other children. The outdoor community will miss you so much. My heart aches for your family.
You're living on the inside roaring like a lionYou made a huge difference Dave! Congrats on an amazing life well lived, I'll see you on the other side my friend~ To Dave's family; Words can't describe, all of you are in my thoughts and prayers, may you find peace knowing Dave is resting in God's arms.
A sad loss here on earth but an angel in heaven. May you all heal from this terrible loss. Prayers to everyone who loved him.
God bless the family and friends of David James. I too am experiencing great sorrow at this time. My mother passed away on Tuesday, Feb 26 and her service will also be held on Monday, March 4. Sorrow is such a deep, debilitating hurt and having lost someone at such a young age must seem unfathomable to all of you. While I'm a total outsider, I will include David in my prayers tonight. My presence here is just a random connection. My name is Patrick McGovern and I reside in a suburb of St Louis, MO. I got such a kick out of the fact that there was an actual pub bearing my name, having years ago purchased a vanity sweatshirt carrying my sirname for a fictious bar in Ireland. I once visited the restaurant's web site and joked to my mom that I had to check on "my place" and she'd smile. Today, I returned to the site, to share one last bitter sweet laugh and saw David's notice. To the McGovern staff who are grieving, please take comfort in that you made a sweet lady smile and that continues to lighten my own heart, and with God's help your sorrow will be lifted.
Although I never had the privilege of knowing this amazing young man, I do know what it's like to lose a family member. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family at this most difficult time.
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
To David's family. If a smile is a window to ones soul, he opened it everyday for people to see. David was one of those special people who was always willing share his smile to make someones day a little bit better.
David will be missed and our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Scott & Marty Glorvigen
In the years I knew Dave, I will cherish the memories I have of you. My heart goes out to your family as well as your extended family at McGoverns. I will miss you dearly.
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Jerry & Betsy,
I'm so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in your faith and help you through this difficult time. You are in my prayers.
To the James', I am so sorry for your loss. Dave was a great person and I have so many great memories growing up with him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
A part of our family is gone, and I'm struggling to grasp the reasoning behind it. It feels impossible to go on without you, knowing that the 6 short years we've been friends have left a permanent impression in my life. I will forever be grateful for everything you've taught me, the laughs we've shared, and the memories we've made. The pain of losing you is worth it for having you in my life. I love you Dave. Until we meet again..
Dave you are so missed! Your beautiful smile and spark were taken from this earth way to early. We will think of you on every ride we go on this summer. I know you'll be watching down on us keeping us safe. Lastly, God bless your family. RIP Rapala Dave.
Dave will be greatly missed.My heart goes out to His family and friends. And the whole McGoverns Team.
To my dear friend Captain Hook, the guy who couldn't stop giving! I've never known anyone so quick to get a read on a person, and knowing instantly what to say or do to make their world a better place. He made a heck of a hot toddy too! My heart goes out to all who knew him. Davy Joe, I will be sharing your stories until we meet again
To the James Family, I'm so very sorry for your loss. I had several classes with Dave in high school and have had the opportunity to see ham a few times since then. Everytime you saw him it was like seeing a good friend and it's now difficult to imagine that he's gone. Through some of the pictures and videos I've seen over the past few days it was just like any other time you talked with Dave, he was so full of energy, always had great attitude,an awesome smile and a good sense of humor. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family during this difficult time. He will be greatly missed by all who had the opportunity to know him.
My thoughts & prayers go out to all Dave's family & friends at this very difficult time. Such a nice guy, with a endless smile, taken away too young. Rest in peace dear friend. You will be missed!
I worked with Dave for a short time at Rapala. He was an extremely kind-hearted person. I will never forget the pep talks we had--he always found the silver lining, even on the cloudiest of days. Although our paths crossed only briefly, I feel lucky to have known him. My thoughts and prayers are with the James family during this difficult time.
There is so much we could say about Dave. It is still surreal that he is truly gone. He will never be forgotten. He was truly a great human being! He was at McGovern's on the night we met, for many of our first dates, and the night of our wedding. We were so excited to share the news with him that we were expecting our first child. As we are only a week away from the birth Dave will forever be a part of this new life entering the world. His smile will forever be in our hearts.
Jerry and Betsy,
We were very saddened to hear the news about Dave. We have fond memories from his cub scout days. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.
My Son, Daughter and Son In Law are just three of many, many friends of David's. Several conversation's in the last few days about David, the joy, the laughter and the love he brought to his friends has allowed me a peek at what incredible happiness he brought to the lives of all who loved him.
Know that David's family and beloved friends are in my thoughts and prayers as you gather to celebrate the love, laughter and kindness Dave brought to your lives.
Peace to you & your family, Dave as you embraced my son Toby (Dickies) as a new big brother and friend at McGovern's these past few months. You taught him, shared with him and laughed with him. Toby and I are forever grateful, our hearts heavy. He loved you, Dave.
Dave was a shining light that made you feel warm and loved. He knew just what to say, and when to say it. It takes years to even attempt to find a friend who embodies all the amazing characteristics Dave had. You were one of the good ones Dave, the best one. I am really going to miss your smile, your laughter, your hugs, your charm, your face, and your genuine friendship. You crossed my path, and I'm a better and luckier person because of that. Thank you for letting me be a part of your life. I'm also thankful for having said goodbye and I love you to you the last I saw you. Things will never be the same without you. Rest in Peace Davey.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May the peace of our Lord God be with you.
So saddened to hear about the loss of Dave. He had the best goofy grin that he would give you every time he saw you. He was always happy, and laughing and joking around. We had a lot of great times in our group of friends when we were younger and I am glad we got to be a part of his life. The memories will last a lifetime.
You were one-in-a-million, and I'm glad to have known you.
I hope for Dave to rest peacefully. I knew him in high school, and have not seen him since, but I will always remember how genuine and caring of a person he always was. My memory of him will always be a bright light and positive. My thoughts and prayers go out to Dave's loved one's and family.
I'm so sorry to hear the terrible news about David! We went to grade school together at St. Peter's; I was fortunate enough to run into him at McGovern's a couple years ago and was able to see what a great man he had become! Rest in Peace, David...
I can only imagine the friendship we were about to form. Our boys (age 7 & 1) were immediately drawn to you and that smile of yours. Cody and I will never forget the last laugh we had with you. Peace to you buddy and your family.
So saddened to hear of Dave's passing. It's been many years since I've seen Dave, but there are numerous fond memories of Dave from high school and Knowlan's days. Real good guy. My condolences to the family.
From time to time our family likes to gather at McGovern's. That's where we met Dave. From the beginning you could tell he was a special person. He would greet us with a genuine warmth that we will always cherish. We grew very fond of Dave. He was even in on our family vacation texts and pics.
The unfortunate people of this tragedy are those who never had the opportunity to know Dave. They missed out. For those of us fortunate enough to have shared a piece of Dave's life, we are blessed.
We will meet again Daveriel. In a place where it is one big, happy family. Just the way you like it.
The Carroll Family
St. Paul, MN
Dear James Family,
So sorry to hear of David's death. My prayers will be offered for his and your intentions. Maria Bettenberg-Pohl, David's former teacher at St. Peter's.
I will never forget how I met Dave during his first week at Tartan high school. I will continue to remember him fondly & send my deepest sympathy to his family.
I met Dave at McGoveran's in 2010, he had this instant charisma to him that would make anybody smile and laugh. I am very saddened by this tragic accident that had occurred, that it just does not feel real.... My Sincere Condolences go out to Dave's family during this difficult time, he was truly a phemonal person and will be missed by so many. I am gonna miss all the laughs, good conversations and times that we shared, but most of all I am going to miss that wonderful smile you had that would make anyone's frown turn upside down. R.I.P. Friend I will see you on the other side.
I didn't know Dave the best but he was always kind and able to make everyone laugh. I am saddened to hear the news.
Going out to have lunch with a stranger and leaving with a friend is not something everyone can easily do. While meeting up for lunch, we talked about what made us who we are today. I learned a lot about a wonderful guy who just loved to enjoy the little things and be happy.
It'll be hard to walk into your work and not look to see if you're there.
You will be missed.
Sorry to hear about the loss of your son. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Elaine Leonard, former Fairview co-worker.
I met Dave at McGoveran's in 2010, he had this instant charisma to him that would make anybody smile and laugh. I am very saddened by this tragic accident that had occurred, that it just does not feel real.... My Sincere condolences go out to Dave's family during this difficult time, he was truly a phenomenal person and will be missed by so many. I am gonna miss all the laughs, good conversations and times that we shared, but most of all I am going to miss that wonderful smile you had that would make anyone's frown turn upside down. R.I.P. Friend I will see you on the other side.
We have great memories that will be with us always. You were one of a kind and the world lost a beautiful earth angel, but we know you're in a better place now watching over your loved ones. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. xoxo
Joe & Bridget Sipe & Ingrid Mahoney
Jerry and Betsy, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May memories of good times and special moments bring you comfort. Dan and Toni Mottl
My heart is sad for your loss Betsy and Jerry. Losing your child isn't supposed to happen but is part of God's plan. In reading comments from friend and co-workers you can be comforted knowing what an exceptional son you raised. I remember the stories of your kids when we worked together on 4 AB at St Joe's. Sue Bee e-mailed me with the sad news. We are currently in Ft Meyer's. May wonderful memories bring you comfort in the days ahead. I am so sorry for your loss.
Dave you were so much fun to work with,so genuine and nice. I cannot believe that you are gone it breaks my heart!
Prayers to the James family.
Thank you for your infectious smiles, your kindness, the laughter you gave us, and your great hugs, you will be greatly missed my many and we were blessed to have known you. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family ~ ~ ~ Tom and Pam Wortman
Our thoughts and prayers are with the James family.
We loved Dave.
The LOUIS Ristorante and Bar staff
Daver Ouche, You were a prince of a fellow and will be so missed. You made everyone around you happy. Ever time I think of you I smile.
To Dave's Family- My heart is sad for your loss and we pray for your family daily; for peace, comfort, and understanding. D.J.- I can't stop telling Jackie all of the stories I have about you. It seems like every few hours I pull another great memory from our fun times together up at the cabin, or in Oak-town..
Like so many others here I am going to miss stopping by Mcgovern's and yelling "YO D.J. What's up dawg!!" you always knew it was me, and if you didn't hear me- I could always get your attention by yelling "David!!!!" That always got a quick response with a grin.... David- know that I look forward to yelling your name the next time I am up at the cabin; I have a feeling you will be up there pulling crappies out of Bryski Lk and I look forward to talking to you again my friend......
Jerry and Besty, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May Gods Love surround you.
I was deeply sadden when a mutual friend Pete L. told me of Dave's accident. I had the privilage to be on his pro staff when he work for Normark. I enjoy our talks about fishing, especially about who could come up with the biggest fish tail of the day. I will truly miss you my friend and my heart felt condolences go out to the entire family. Hutch
Jerry and Betsy, Our prayers are with you and your family. Gods love surround you. Marv and Martha Sloboden
Our Beloved David aka Super Dave....Our lives will not be the same without you and the pain we feel is beyond measure. Your kindness, smile, infectious laugh, outrageous sense of humor, exceptional work ethic, incomparable loyalty and rib-crushing hugs are forever imbedded in our memories. You know how much we love you and thank you for allowing us to be a part of your life. Watch over us, our darling Dave, and know that you were special. We love you forever. Boom and Di
Dave, you will always be a light in my heart. Never a sad face on you so I will do my best to honor that and keep smiling as I know you are looking down. I will always think of you. I will keep your family and friends in my thoughts. I love you Dave!!
You were truly one of a kind - a very special person, that I will never forget. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and may your memory live on in all of our hearts, forever! Miss you-
Dave is an amazing person! He has touched so many lives. We are all blessed to have had him in our lives and we are all saddened by the fact that his presence has been taken too soon.We love you Dave!
James Family...Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time...Dave was the best! If I was down he would go out of his way to bring a smile OR tell me to stop complaining! He also had the right words after both my dad and my wife's dad passed in the last year. He was incredibly kind to us through the years...Very sorry for your loss.
My thoughts are with the James family, so sorry for your loss. I knew Dave from grade school and as everyone knows he was always kind and friendly to all. This world needs more men like him.
My prayers go out to the James family, the McGovern's crew and any other person that encountered Mr. David James along the way on this crazy roller coaster called life. I just heard the news yesterday and I am blown away. I didn't know Dave as well as others but he was definitely one of those people that make an impact on you when you meet them for the first time. In a good way, obviously. Always positive. Always smiling :) And funny!! You will be missed. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. Rest In Peace, Dave.
It has been years since we worked together, but that didn't make the sadness any less when I heard this news. You were one of a kind, the best kind. A bright smile, and friendly word for all those who crossed your path. My thoughts, prayers, and condolences are with your family and everyone who was lucky enough to call you a friend.
Dave, I am so happy to have known you. Thank you for being so sweet to me all these years. I miss you so much. RIP
Well brother you will be missed.you were always a joy to be around.You had the ability to put people at ease. I know your in a better place. But, iwill miss your smile.show the Big ,your a pretty good fisherman too. Rest in Peace.
Dave, you were an amazing friend, not just to me, but to everyone you met. I cannot believe you're gone, but know that you're having a great time in heaven right now and will not be short of friends up there. I love you and miss you and will always hold you in my heart. My love and prayers go out to Dave's family and all his many friends.
Dave was the real thing. His contagious smile and laughter made everyone happy. We felt that Dave was part of our family and was always willing to lend a helping hand. We feel particularly close to him as we had owned his 2002 Yukon he so dearly loved. We will miss you Dave and our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Love you man.
Barb and Doug Fischer
Dave is an unforgettable one of kind man that has touched so many peoples hearts. He still amazes me the way he is here for all of us, looking around at everyone he has brought together. The last thing I said to him was "I'll see you there, babe" and they are still true, one day Mr. James. I love and miss you and wish I could get one of your hugs about now. Hope your in paradise, bud.
Jerry and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
My prayers go out to you, Dave will be missed very much, great man, great friend. To soon to say goodbye brother.
Daver, you were taken much too soon. My heart is so heavy. Thank you for always making me laugh. I'll cherish the time we worked together and had our private conversations. Have a fishing pole ready for me in heaven for when I arrive. My prayers are with your family and many friends.
Dave, you had that special gift of making people smile & it was a pleasure to work with you at Rapala. May God bless your family & friends during this difficult time. RIP my friend...you will be missed.
Daver, you are the closest person to being the little brother my parents didn't give me. I have missed and will forever cherish the time you were my Pro-buddy next door. Our prayers are with all the James & Petersen family & the MANY MANY MANY friends.
TO JERRY, BETSY AND FAMILY,AND THE PETERSEN AUNTS AND UNCLES AND COUSINS
WE ARE VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. DAVER'S LOSS EXTENDS TO MANY WHO CAME TO KNOW HIM AS A GUY WITH A NEVER ENDING SMILE, QUIT WIT AND A SENSE OF PRIDE IT WHAT CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED.WORKING WITH DAVE AT WELLMAN SPORTS MKTG FOR THE TIME WE DID WAS ALWAYS ENJOYABLE. HE WILL BE MISSED. WE ARE SORRY THAT WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE CELEBRATION OF HIS LIFE.
Dave, you will be greatly missed by so many. We didn't know one another for very long, but you were always the nicest guy, greeting everyone with a genuine smile and hello. I will miss seeing your face and won't forget the laughs and conversations we shared. I'm sorry I never got your favorite Aveda products to you. Rest in peace Dave...
A couple years ago, when I was still the "new guy", you went of of your way to tell me that, new or not, I was a member of the family. And you meant it.
I pray that God will assuage the anguish that your family and friends are feeling now, and fill their hearts with happy memories of time spent together.
You were taken much too soon. You have touched so many lives in such a positive way. I look forward to seeing you on the side buddy.
Dear James family,
I was saddened to hear the news of David's passing. It has been many years since I last saw him, probably back from the days at St. Pete's. I remember him as always smiling and joking around. Keeping Dave's family and friends in my thoughts during this difficult time.
Dave always had a smile and had the unique ability to make everyone laugh. Dave was the real deal and always willing to lend a hand to anyone who asked. I always thought of him as family as his presence brought happiness to all. I feel a special connection somehow as I owned that 2002 Yukon for 10 years and when Dave purchased it from me, he said it changed his life as it was something nice he could take care of. Dave will be missed aand our hearts are surely saddened, but remember he already has caught his limit of bass in some remote heavenly body of water. Our sincere condolences to Dave's family during this difficult time. We love you man.
Barb and Doug Fischer
You had a special gift that made everyone around you feel special and cared for. You were an amazing person and made the world a better place...and now Heaven is a better place because you are part of it.
We'll miss you buddy.
It was always so easy for you to make everyone feel happy and worthwhile. We learned so much just by being your freind.
You will be missed darely by so many. You sure did have the special touch when it came to making people smile. You were an amazing friend that I will cherish that forever. My prayers are with you and your family. Love Shannon Bayer
So sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathies to you all. Praying for your strength and peace during this difficult time.
Your smile and energy was amazingly infectious and I will miss that every day. I'm thankful to have gotten to meet you. You will never be forgotten. My prayers are with you and your loved ones. Please watch over us and I hope to see you again in another life. Love you DaveJames always.
You were something special to each and every one of us. We miss you dearly and want you back, but unfortunately that isn't possibly so we have to take comfort in the fact that you are in a better place and we will see you again.
Thank you for all the laughs! We are going to miss you!!
Dear Jerry, Betsy and family,
Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of David...you are in our hearts and prayers as you go thru this difficult time.
May David's memory always be for a blessing.
You always brought a smile to my face. Your smile could light up a room. You brought so much joy to people's lives. You will be deeply missed! My thought and prayers go out to the James family.
Dave, thanks to you I saw my first grand slam with Larry when Cuddeyer hit one at the game you gave us tickets to. You were Larrys hero at work and all he could say about you was "you were good people" Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends. Larry and Patty Pfundstein
I will always treasure your loving heart and beautiful smiling face Davers. You will be greatly missed!
Dear Betsy and Jerry, I hold you in my heart and prayer.
Dave- we had only little time together, but since day one I felt that instant friendship. You were a true friend and we definitely had some great times! My heart hurts, my mind is numb, but I know I'll be seeing you again. The last time we spent together is something I won't forget. Walking through the door Tuesday night and knowing we weren't going to see each other like planned was absolutely devastating, but the healing began that night and I knew you were with all of us. I love you like a brother and I'll miss you everyday. My prayers to you, your wonderful family and to all who was graced with your contagious smile. You may be gone, but you will never be forgotten. Rest easy my brother and know we all love you more then you could imagine.
Dave was one the of THE best people I have ever known. Its hard to find the right words to describe what he has meant to me and done for me in my life. He is and always will be missed. My heart goes out to his family and all who had the blessed pleasure of knowing him.
Dave was great man! I will never forget you brother! Had some great times. Last couple years we never talk as much now it sad to read your gone! You were the man James! You were the best around Wish the best to his family in this hard time sending you prayers!
I am honored to be your co-worker, and your friend. It's hard knowing that these will be my last official words to you. These last few days, have been so ridiculously tough on me. The fact that I won't have the opportunity to hear your laugh, and work with you ever again, depresses me to no end. To say I'm going to miss you, is the understatement of the century. I love ya bud, and thank you for everything that you've done for me. I partly owe my job at McGoverns to you, and I'll never forget that! Davey, I'm going to do whatever it takes to make sure your legacy lives on!!!
Love ya Dave. You were a brother to me and I cherish the time I spent with ya. You were always the one I turned to for advise about everything because you understood and cared even though I might get that slap in the face. Main bar will never be the same without you but I know you'll always be there with us and we'll keep your spirit going every day. Keep that beer cold for me 'till we meet again in that big bar in the sky and share another shot. Love ya!!
My heart is heavy, words can not express the pain the death of this amazing man has caused so many people. Davey you will be missed, remembered, loved and cherished forever. My thoughts and prayers are with Dave's family and many, many friends through this incredibly difficult time.
Love you Super Dave.
So amazing how many lives you touched. Your smile brings out the best in everyone. You will be deeply missed. Thank you for being the amazing man you are. My prayers are with you and your family. Love You! Eric Wold