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David Stanton Ball


1959 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
David Stanton Ball, 54, an exploration geologist, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at a Dallas hospital. Memorial service: 4 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Lutheran Church, 7620 Baker Blvd., Richland Hills 76118. Memorials: Baylor Health Care System Foundation, 3600 Gaston Avenue, Suite 100, Dallas, Texas 75246, in support of heart and lung transplant patient assistance. David was born June 11, 1959 in Lawrence, Kan., the son of Stanton and Artis Ball. He earned his bachelor and master of science degrees in geology as a fourth-generation graduate of the University of Kansas. He was passionate about his work as a geologist, which was infectious to everyone around him. He joined Champlin Petroleum (Union Pacific) in 1984 where he worked for six years before establishing Ball Exploration, Inc. in partnership with his father in 1990. Since 2008, he had enjoyed working for Burnett Oil Company, Inc. He was a longtime member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He was a lifelong sports enthusiast, but nothing compared to his love and enjoyment for KU basketball. His heart and life ultimately belonged to his family. He married Susan Storms on April 14, 1984, in Leavenworth, Kan. They were blessed with five children. He poured his time and energy into the lives of those he loved. He was the most devoted son, brother, husband, father and Papa that anyone could ask for. He was an active member of many Lutheran congregations, most recently Calvary Lutheran. He lived a life of faith and firmly followed and trusted Jesus in all things. He was the strongest yet most humble, self-sacrificing man who generously gave everything he could. He always lived with laughter and an unforgettable sense of humor. His smile and joy touched everyone he met. Survivors: His loving wife of 30 years, Sue Ball; children, Kristen Ochocki and husband, Bryan, and their daughter, Abigail, Stacy Daniel and husband, Mark, Bekah Ball, Brady Ball and wife, Allison, and Bryan Ball; mom, Artis Ball; sister, Becky Ball of Indianapolis, Ind.; and many other extended family members.
Published in Star-Telegram on Apr. 18, 2014
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