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Lance B. David

Lance B. David

Lance B. David, age 54, passed away suddenly in a bicycling accident in Seattle, WA on May 1st, 2013. He was born in Ft Belvoir, VA to Major General and Mrs. Bert A. David, and was one of four boys brought up with a strong sense of family, honor and country. Lance attended Wake Forest University, where he met his lifelong love, Jane. Lance entered the Army in 1981 and he and Jane settled into their first permanent duty station at Ft Lewis in 1982 in 1/4ADA. He was a fine officer and quickly garnered the respect and admiration of those who served under him and next to him. He received an early company command position as a 1st Lt, and was later stationed at Old Dominion University as an ROTC instructor.

Lance resigned his commission in 1988 and began his career with Airborne Express. Lance found an amazing second family at Airborne and they remain some of his best friends to this day. In 2008, Lance accepted a position at Expeditors International in the Global Air Development Group, where he made many new friends in the industry.

Lance was a lifelong athlete, participating in many sports over the years. He began his road race journey by completing the Marine Corps Marathon in 1987. In the years that followed, Lance completed two Half Ironman triathlons, RAMROD, two 5-pass California Death Rides, a bike tour of the Alps, and STPs too numerous to count. Also an avid hiker, Lance summitted Mt Rainier twice, as well as Mt St Helens, and climbed Mt Si nearly every weekend in good weather.

But the real thing to know about Lance is that he was a stand-up guy who believed in doing the right thing, and always doing what he said he would do. He loved his family, raised two fine children, and built lasting friendships everywhere he went. He had a sharp sense of humor and a great smile (as long as you weren't trying to capture it on a camera). Famous for his plain and dry cheeseburgers, his refusal to eat vegetables, his amazing recall of one-hit wonders, and the sheer determination that got him to the top of every pass and the end of every race, Lance was a force to be reckoned with. His only failing in life was his inability to correct his abominable golf slice. Underlying it all was a big heart and an unwavering loyalty to his family, friends and co-workers.

Lance is survived by his wife of 31 years, Jane VanBrug David; twin children, William and Diana David; brothers Bert David (Cathy), Scott David (Amy), Jon David (Lynn); nieces and nephews Holly, Jonathan, Katie, Trevor, Sean, and Brady David, Juliana Porter, and Maria Martinez.

A memorial service will be held at 1pm on Saturday May 11th at First Presbyterian Church, 1013 8th Avenue, Seattle.

Donations can be made to the Cascade Bicycle Club at their website, or to the MG and Mrs. Bert A. David Memorial Fund, Lehighton Area School District, Attn: Melanie Windhorn, 1000 Union St, Lehighton PA 18235.

Lance's family would like to deeply thank the cycling community as well as all his friends and co-workers for their tremendous outpouring of support at this difficult time. Ride strong, Lance.

Published in The Seattle Times from May 7 to May 9, 2013
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