Ochan Okot, 26
PORTLAND -- David 'Tabu' Ochan Okot, 26, of Portland, had his life tragically taken on Saturday, April 25, 2009.
He was born on Oct. 10, 1982, in the State of Torit, Sudan in the Pajok village to Alba and Richard Okot. As a young child in Sudan, David enjoyed playing games with friends. In 1993 fleeing war in Sudan, his family moved to Portland. Arriving when he was 9 years old, he attended Reiche Elementary, King Middle School and graduated from Portland High School in 2002. In middle and high school, he was a member of the Boys and Girls Club and the PROP Peer Leader program. He attended Draughons Junior College in Nashville, Tenn., studying Criminal Justice.
David was known as a loyal friend and brother and was extremely close to friends and family. He loved to laugh, tell jokes and make people smile. Humble and caring, he had a generous spirit. David always dressed fresh and had an unmistakable way of carrying himself. He enjoyed recording music with his brothers and spending time with his two-year-old son.
David is survived by his son Junior of Portland; his father Richard Okot of Biddeford; his 11 brothers and sisters; the mother of his child, Nancy Lupai; and countless friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to call Friday, May 1, 2009, from 12 until 3:30 p.m. at the Independent Death Care Memorial Chapel, at 471 Deering Ave., in Portland. A funeral service/Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 2, at Sacred Heart at the corner of Mellen & Sherman Streets in Portland followed by interment at Calvary Cemetery in South Portland. You are invited to share memories, offer words of condolence to the family and sign a guest book, at the obituary page at www.independentdeathcare.com.