David Wilder Pickart-Jain 13, beloved son of Andrea Pickart and Peter Jain, died Sunday, March 10, from injuries sustained in an accident. David enjoyed a magical childhood in Arcata alongside his sister Elyse and his earliest inseparable friend, Anson Baker-Berry, playing outside at the beaches, dunes and rivers of Humboldt County. He enjoyed enriching early experiences at Mad River Children's Center, where he forged a special bond with Jessie Graff, who later became a member of his extended family. "Davey" continued to be blessed with many strong friendships through the years, including his close friends and teammates Ellis Kahn and Ethan Shelton. His friendships at Jacoby Creek School are too numerous to mention, but they were all of great importance to him. He was a gifted student and athlete, deeply enjoying the camaraderie of the Jacoby Creek School basketball team. His academic achievements were many, but he will be remembered most of all for his loving, generous nature and luminous smile. David touched so many people's lives in his short time with us. At school, he was known for his leadership and willingness to help other students. He had a lively and inquisitive mind and a respectful manner. Although he was known for his easygoing nature, David was a hard worker, and spent the summer after 6th grade year volunteering full time for Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, where he became a favorite among the regular field staff. That experience led to a 7th grade science project that took him to the state competition (a trip he remembered best as his first visit to Disneyland). He was an avid reader, listened to music and enjoyed facing off with friends, family and teachers in games of chess. He had just begun to tackle computer programming. A gifted mathematician, David was looking forward to a trip to the regional math competition at Stanford in just a few weeks. His love of math was cultivated by his teacher Mark Barsanti and mentor Brad Morin, who provided him with the challenges he was eager for. David loved to cook and bake, conjuring recipes from his imagination and delighting his sister and her friends with delicious baked desserts. His early death is heartbreaking to his family and friends alike, but everyone who knew David felt that in his short life he had made a difference and enriched their lives. Please join us in a celebration of his wonderful life at the Jacoby Creek School gymnasium, 1617 Old Arcata Road, Bayside, on Saturday, March 16, at 2 pm. Feel free to dress in bright colors and comfortable clothes. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the David Pickart-Jain Memorial Travel Scholarship administered by the Jacoby Creek Children's Education Foundation. The scholarship will help supply travel funds for students attending out-of-town events such as science fairs, math counts, or athletic events. Please make checks payable to JCCEF, earmarked for the David Pickart-Jain Memorial Scholarship, or donate to the fund directly online at jccef.org
. In addition to his loving parents, Andrea and Peter, David leaves behind his beautiful sister and friend, Elyse Pickart-Jain; his loving birthparents Russ and Michelle; his West Coast family Betty Jain, Martha Jain, Tyler Holmes, Sophia Jain-Embry, Lucas Jain, and Ben Jain; his East Coast family Stanley and Louise Pickart, David, Gretchen and Ken Pickart, Maureen, Jim, Emma and Adrian McClure, Bob, Anne, Jana, Matt, Sarah, David and Greg Pickart, Jenny Rose, George, Claire, Caroline and Will Pickart, Chris Pickart and Rachel Fletcher. He was preceded in death by his loving aunt, Cecile Pickart. David rests in the arms of this large and loving family, all of whom will miss him sorely.