Passed away April 5, 2012 at the age of 81. David grew up in Casper, WY. He was born to Jack and Elsie Burgess. In 1938 David's mother passed away when he was only eight. His older brother Arthur was killed by a horse in 1941. In 1955 his father passed away. David never married nor had children. In 1951 he was drafted into the US Army. After the Korean Conflict, David relocated with his grandparents Jennie and Hamilton Hughes Sr. to Windsor, CA. There David worked for Flor Products. Later in the Bay Area, David became a long time employee of International Harvester. After the plant closed, David obtained employment at Sonoma Developmental Center in Eldridge. He retired from his job in 1997 and moved to Healdsburg to live with and care for his aunt and uncle. After their passing, David moved to Santa Rosa. He lived at Silver Crest Senior Apartments then later moved to Lamp Lighter Seniors Inn. David enjoyed playing cards and games with his friends, and enjoyed bringing the pie. David loved to cook. He was an avid reader and loved to do his crossword puzzles. In earlier years David enjoyed spending time with his extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins. He had fond memories of early camping trips. He often complemented his grandmother for making him the "gentleman" that he was, patient, kind and respectful. David is survived by three generations of cousins who will truly miss him and his conversations, reminiscing on old times. He is also preceded in passing by aunts Olive Sanns, Naomi Diamantini, Dorcas Kennedy, Leora Brewer, Isa Lawson, and uncles, Hamilton Hughes Jr. and John Hughes. He will be forever loved and missed. Private services have been held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
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Published in the Press Democrat from May 2 to May 7, 2012