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David Matthew Almanza

1969 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
David Matthew Almanza Obituary
DAVID MATTHEW ALMANZA April 28, 1969 - January 26, 2016 David had lived in Temecula, CA for the past ten years when he moved there from Newbury Park. He passed away of a heart attack at his home. David was a very independent and private person. He was a world traveler and knew people all around this globe. Last summer he went to Hong Kong, and took a very expensive translator with him. To his joy it worked, and he made a dozen new friends while there. He loved his family, scuba diving, skiing and fishing in Mammoth Lakes, fantasy gaming like Everquest and WOW, all things Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. He collected Magic Cards, guns, hats, Star Wars figurines, Affliction jeans and t's, and shoes. Lots of shoes and boots! He was an avid reader, and David opened me to new avenues through some of his favorite authors. David joined the Marines when he was eighteen, but due to two hernias during boot camp, he was honorably discharged to have the surgery. The following year, he went to work in the back lot at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood. A career that lasted 27 years. For the past five years he was working at Dick Clark Productions in Santa Monica. He loved his job there. David was an adventurer. He went scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef and snow skiing in Whistler, the Alps, and loved Mammoth Lakes and camping. He graciously went camping with his sister and I to Sequoia or Yosemite every summer for years so he could teach his nephews how to camp, fish, start a fire, and love the outdoors the way that he did. He was an old soul and a bit of a loner, never married, but could be quite sociable. I was fortunate to have a close relationship with him. We were very connected. He chided me six days before he passed because he called to talk about the new Star Wars movie and I hadn't seen it yet. I saw it the day before he died so we could discuss it. That last time we talked was a very special and heartfelt conversation. I am so thankful for that. There will be a Memorial/Celebration for David in Temecula at the end of June. Please contact me, Cindy Arnold, his mother, at [email protected] if you would like to join us.

Published in Press-Enterprise from June 5 to June 12, 2016
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