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David Stark

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David Stark Obituary
Stark, David
The lights dimmed July 17, 2016 with the passing of the charismatic David Stark. Born in South Bend, Indiana to parents Dennis and Angeline Stark in 1948, David graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1970 with a Business degree. After college, he began his lifelong career in the lighting industry. A brief marriage to his college girlfriend resulted in the birth of his only son, Matt. David eventually settled in Scottsdale Arizona. It was on a family visit to South Bend in 2000, that David met Jean Hinkle. They married in Maui, Hawaii soon after. David is best remembered by his deep baritone voice, boisterous belly laugh, genuine smile and boyish sense of humor. David seemed to live in a world untouched by the boundaries of the politically correct. He could skirt topics of controversy with ease and would openly discuss taboo subjects with a comfort level that would draw people from their protective shells, speaking openly about all of life's guilty pleasures. His gift of gab created many conversations that made otherwise dull dinner parties and gatherings memorable. David frequented NASCAR races at Phoenix International Speedway and enjoyed the heat of the Arizona sun. Sweaters and slacks were standard attire when temperatures dropped into the 80s. This was a topic of many family jokes, and David embraced the joke with theatrical shivering and vocal melodrama on sunny 80 degree days when visiting family outside of Arizona. His age was something that was seldom revealed and he insisted that, upon becoming a grandfather that he should only be referred to as "Uncle David" because "grandfather" made him sound too old. Whether this was all part of his act to make people laugh or was truly a topic that made him uncomfortable is something that is left to speculation, but it remains a lasting memory of who he presented himself to be. Who David really was beyond the jokes and charisma was a soft caring man; a man whose sensitivity was seldom revealed, and whose gentle soul was rarely exposed to the public. David preferred to hide behind the guise of his public persona. David saw his own life as insignificant and did not see the positive and lasting impact he passed on to those around him. He was the consummate salesmen. In his final years, he hid the burden of his imminent demise to spare the grief of those he loved most. He lived a full complete life…..a beautiful life. David is survived his wife Jean, his son Matt, grandson Atticus, and his three step-children, Robbie, Tommy and Josie, granddaughter, Monroe, as well as his brothers Craig, Tim and sister Jan, beloved in-laws, adoring nieces & nephews and dear friends. David was preceded in death by his mother, father, and brother Kenny. In accordance with David's wishes, his ashes will be spread along the coast of Maui at a later date. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made on David's behalf to the Special Olympics.
Published in The Arizona Republic on July 31, 2016
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