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6/30/1925 - 1/12/2014
Dave Ramsey was born June 30th, 1925 and passed away after a short illness on January 12, 2014. He was born at the family residence in Philadelphia, the youngest of four children. After high school he was drafted into the army and served on the front line in Germany for seven months before World War II ended. Dave graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in civil engineering and chose to work for the United States Forest Service. Summers from his early teen years on had been spent in a rustic part of the Adirondack Mountains and he wanted to work in a job where he could spend much of his time in wild areas. Dave moved to California in 1953. After retiring from the USFS he donated his time and energies to many school sporting venues and events, also helping about ten schools rebuild and convert their track and field systems from yardage measurements to metric. He lived for several years in Foresthill, moved to Colfax in 1972, and finally moved to the University Retirement Community in Davis in 2008.
Dave touched many lives through his countless hours of service to Placer High School, Colfax High School, and Bear River High School. He donated his engineering expertise to renovate and rebuild Colfax High School's track and was honored and humbled to have the "Ramsey Relays", a yearly invitational, named after him. For years he attended and kept stats at Colfax and Bear River basketball games. At Bear River he personally handled pick and shovel to help build the track and football stadium and was again humbled and honored to be the only living person in California to have a stadium named for them. Dave Ramsey Stadium at Bear River High School stands today as a monument to a great and giving man.
Dave loved music from a very young age and was an accomplished musician. He rarely missed a concert of the Sacramento Symphony or a production of the Music Circus, or, more recently, performances at the Mondavi Center in Davis.
Dave was a mentor to young and old alike. He never married and is survived by a brother and sister, eleven nieces and nephews, and members of the Winter family, longtime friends. He will be greatly missed by many. He was a simple and humble man. No services are planned and no requests for flowers or donations are made, but if we could each live for one day as Dave lived his whole life, the world would be a better place.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Jan. 26, 2014