David W. Ford
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David W. Ford died unexpectedly on July 22, 2015, at the age of 59.

Born in Great Falls, he returned to his beloved Montana with his wife Joan after working many years in Colorado. Settling in Bozeman, he continued work as a computer security engineer and consultant for companies locally, nationally and abroad. At the time of his death he had just completed an inspirational and motivating session with his Copper River co-workers in Virginia. He was doing exactly what he loved.

The light of Dave's life was his wife, Joan. They eloped to Niagara Falls nearly 30 years ago and they remained each other's rock. Joan joined David whenever possible at his worksites around the country and internationally; they loved to travel. A couple of kids at heart, their favorite place was Disney World.

Dave was proud to be a computer geek, a ham radio operator and a volunteer for Gallatin County Search and Rescue. As a member of the noon Kiwanis Club, he delighted in playing Santa at Christmas. He always used his humor, intelligence and skills to make the world a better place.

Whatever faith you believe, please put forth positive energy to ensure Dave's safe passing.

He is survived by his wife, Joan; his brothers, Jim (Patti) and John (Lynda); and sister, Susan (David). He also leaves his niece and nephew, Grace and Jack; his mother-in-law, Edie; as well as many cousins and friends.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Eaglehead Repeater Association, 6790 S. Third Ave., Bozeman, MT 59715; Gallatin Ham Radio Club, P.O. Box 4381, Bozeman, MT 59772; Gallatin County Search and Rescue, 615 S. 16th Ave., Bozeman, MT 59715 or a charity of your choice.

Services will be held at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Home Saturday, August 1, at 11 a.m.

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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Jul. 26, 2015.
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August 16, 2020
I'll never forget you, Dave — the wonderful times we spent at RSA conferences, the great emails we exchanged, and the kind hospitality that you and Joan extended to me in Bozeman. And I'm forever grateful for my chance meeting with Susan, who did me the great favor of linking me up with you at one of those conferences. Thank you for a beautiful but all too short friendship.
Gerard Joseph
July 21, 2020
David was one of the most genuine, caring, and skilled people I have ever met. We worked together at Copper River Information Technology. I had the priviledge of working closely with David on technical projects. David loved his job. He loved developing relationships with his colleagues and customers. He was always positive and it wasn't forced. I believe David genuinely loved and appreciated life...his life and the life of his friends, family, and colleagues. He was a rare person and my life was much enriched for having known him.
Jeff Miers
August 18, 2015
Even though I only met Dave a few times, the impression he left was immeasurable. His warmth and bright, beautiful smile would light up a room. His gentle disposition was such a delight, and he was incredibly generous in sharing his knowledge and expertise. My sincere condolences to his family.
August 3, 2015
I knew Dave as a wonderful teacher and engineer at Proteus and at Copper River IT. He was full of life and very helpful and caring. I could always turn to him when I needed any advice or help. He was a wonderful person and will be sorely missed. My prayers and thoughts are with his wife, other family and friends.
August 1, 2015
My prayers to Joan, Jim, John, and Susan....I am shocked and sad...Dave and I attended St. Joes, and GF Central in Great Falls, and graduated together from CMR. As kids, we rode bicycles together with his brother Jim, and were altar boys at Joe's. I always looked up to Dave, and had many memories especially when I was visiting his house with his kind parents! Dave and I had talked about meeting in Bozeman, for lunch someday, and am sad that didn't happen. My prayers again to the family...
Kim Jacobson
August 1, 2015
We met David at the GHRC Christmas dinner, being brand new to ham radio we did not know anyone, but Dave's big smile welcomed us into the group. his upbeat cheerfulness was contagious. You will be missed...
Ray Harbeck
July 31, 2015
Blessings to Dave's family. I had the opportunity to visit with Dave at last summer's high school reunion. He talked so excitedly of his wife and his life experiences. I am so thankful to have had the time to share with him.
TIna Todd
July 31, 2015
Although I did not know Dave for a long time, we had a wonderful work relationship where we exchanged greetings and talked about our work and home lives whenever he came into town. He was always such a sweet, welcoming and friendly man who always had a smile on his face. He will surely be missed at Copper River. I send my deepest sympathy to the entire family!
Kelly Kim
July 30, 2015
I knew Dave through a work relationship with Copper River. A great guy and always ready with a smile. Our thoughts and prayers go out for Dave and his family.
Tom Van Meter
July 30, 2015
I pray that God may give you the strength to cope with the loss of your deal love one. 2Cor1:3
July 29, 2015
I am so sad to hear of Dave's passing. I worked with him many times & he always had a smile on his face & always remembered my name. One of the good guys. My thoughts are with his friends & family.
Christie W.
July 29, 2015
Heard many great things about Dave, and was fortunate that I was able to meet him very shortly before his departure. However from the moment of meeting him, I was impacted (positively) by his great energy!

- Rob Grimes, Engineer/Colleague at Copper River
July 28, 2015
I had the pleasure of working with Dave when I was a product manager at Global Knowledge. Dave was one of the most conscientious contractors I ever had, and even at difficult times would always have a smile on his face and find a way to make things work out. He was a friend, a collaborator and a fine human being. My thoughts and prayers go out to Joan and the entire Ford family and friends. We lost a good one!
Mike Walsh
July 28, 2015
Although I knew David mostly through my friend, his mother-in-law who loved having him whenever he came to Fort Huachuca I did have the honor of meeting him a couple of times. Joni you and David are fortunate to have had each other. My blessings go out to you and your family.
Elizabeth Line
July 28, 2015
My heart and constant prayers go out to the entire Ford family. From a fellow Orca at Copper River.
Keith Ellery
July 28, 2015
David, I did not know you as well as I wished I did. A true character of a man is judged by the mark he has left on this world, and David, from everyone who I have met here at Copper River that talks about you, it is easy to see that your character was one of positivity, caring, and love. Men like you will always be missed in this world.
Rick Hall
July 27, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. I first met David at St. Joe's in the third grade. Always enjoyed seeing him and his wife at the class reunions. So sad,I will miss him, he was always so kind. We always laughed about the time he lost his glasses in the river on the gates of the mountain school trip, thou we didn't laugh the day it happened. Blessings to his family.
Vicky Ohara
July 27, 2015
Sending healing thoughts to those left behind. Please know you are in our hearts and our prayers.
Lori Kelman-Alter
July 27, 2015
I didn't know Dave well, but his laugh and positive attitude were very catchy. He was a hard worker, always on the go, but Joan and Dave were totally kids at heart and loved to play. You could tell how much he loved his Joan whenever i saw them together. We'll be thinking of you Joan, let us know if you need anything.
Angela Van Slyke
July 27, 2015
It was my privilege to have known David for a few short years and to have spent some very pleasant times with him at RSA conferences. He was one heck of a guy as decent and generous as anyone I've known. His gentle disposition masked his awesome intellect and astounding wealth of knowledge and experience, which he was always happy to share, to the delight and betterment of his friends and colleagues. My condolences to Joan and to David's siblings on their loss a very special man whom I will always remember with great affection.
Gerard Joseph
July 27, 2015
It's so hard to say goodbye to our good friend. I'm sure we all wish we could have one more conversation, one more visit, one more laugh together. Dave had such a great smile, and a ready laugh. It's been a privilege to have Dave's friendship for many years, and we will always cherish the times we've spent together. Our lives have been blessed by his friendship, and we will miss him very much. Our hearts go out to you, Joan, and you have our friendship and support.
Pam Rossmeisl
July 27, 2015
Joan you are in our thought and prayers. A favorite memory was at your place eating the pepper sticks and getting a chance to know you both outside and office environment. Thanks
Mike Wendlandt
July 27, 2015
I had the great fortune of working with David while he was with us at Copper River. What a sweet soul David was and what a real delight to be around. David inspired great confidence because, not only was he great at his work, but he loved doing the work for his customers. I just loved being around him because he was so joyful and full of great spirit. David will be sourly missed by us, his Copper River family.
Jeff Miers
July 27, 2015
We will always remember Dave for his cheerfulness and lighthearted humor. It was a pleasure to work with him.
We enjoyed our visits with Dave and Joan during their trips
to Colorado. We shall miss him.
Larry & Nancy Fallon
July 27, 2015
Thinking of you, Joan! After reading the obituary, it's clear you and Dave had exciting, fun adventures together. I hope you'll get some comfort in your memories of those good times. Take good care of yourself.
Judy Wellert
July 27, 2015
Joan and family,
I know that no words can help ease the pain and loss that you are feeling right now. You are in my every prayer and thought.
Debra Bradley
July 26, 2015
I have known David as a co-worker for less than a year, but in that short period of time developed a tremendous amount of respect and could not have been more impressed with him as a professional and a person. The world has lost a good, good man. Mrs. Ford, I share your sorrow in the loss of David.
Mike Hill
July 26, 2015
As a teacher and a technical expert, David was one of my mentors in the field. He was always generous with his time and had a positive effect on every life he touched. Those of us who were fortunate enough to know him will remember him fondly. RIP.
Belton Myers
July 26, 2015
I will treasure forever our friendship and your visits to Colorado and Texas. Until we meet again rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers go out to Joan and your family who will miss you so dearly.
Don Rossmeisl
July 26, 2015
My memories and images of Dave are that of a smiling face, really he and the image of a minion come to mind, both are very happy, helpful and warm. I didn't know Dave as well as some but a beautiful soul full of love is the lasting impression I will always carry and that warm smile he always seemed to have.
Dezaray Paunovich
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