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David Ben Solomon

Virginia Beach - David Ben Solomon passed away at home surrounded by his loving family in the early morning hours on Sunday, April 18, 2016. Born in Novato, California on January 23, 1959 to Ronald Bruce Earley and Annalee Joan Gregory, David grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia and graduated from Princess Anne High School in 1977.

David served in the United States Airforce as a B-52 Gunner before becoming a full-time apprentice to Paul Solomon for 15 years from 1979-1994. David documented Paul's life during world tours to Egypt, Israel, Europe, Australia and Japan. During this period of teaching and apprenticeship, David studied under many teachers gaining his knowledge and wisdom of the art of Bonsai, and T'ai Chi, all of which he loved.

In 1992 and 2010, Solomon assisted Egyptologist John Anthony West and geologist Dr. Robert M. Schock in re-dating the Sphinx, as well as other Egyptian and Turkish monuments, proving them many thousands of years older than previously thought. David's earlier extensive comet impact research supported the re-dating of these ancient sites. In 1994, he appeared in a supportive role on the national telecast NBC special Ancient Prophecies II, where he discussed the life and prophecies of Paul Solomon, founder of the Fellowship of the Inner Light, where David was also an ordained pastor. After Paul Solomon's death in March 1994, David moved to Washington State and "retired" from spiritual studies to build a family and business.

There, he founded Fast Transact, Inc. Over the next 15 years, the company became one of the largest online payment processing companies in the Pacific Northwest. In January 2010, with the sale of the company, David returned to his spiritual roots and created Akio Botanical Japanese Gardens bringing his love of bonsai to his surroundings and his life.

In July 2011, as the Japanese gardens transformed his property, David began intensive research into the near death experience, a project he would subsequently call The Dead Saints Chronicles. His research was 95 percent complete when he was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme IV (GBM), a rare, aggressive brain cancer that kills 50 percent of its victims within 15 to 18 months. Thirty four months after the diagnosis, David fulfilled his dream of bringing his 1st book The Zen Journey Through the Christian Afterlife to print on April 6th. His book is the first in a trilogy with the second and third books named: Training Wires of the Soul and The Armageddon Stones which will be published later this year.

Along with his mother and father, left to cherish his memory are his wife, Delynn Carol Solomon; his children, Benjamin Solomon and Angela Solomon; stepson, James Thayer; stepdaughter, Leah (Jason) Hughes; and grandchildren, Aiden, Liam and Mila; his sisters: Michelle (David) Hanel; Terri (John) Marko; and many nieces and nephews, all of whom he loved. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Ray W. Gregory.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Galilee Church, 3928 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA. Pastor Stephen Haslam will officiate at the service. A reception will be held immediately following the service at the Solomon residence located at 609 Bay Colony Drive, Virginia Beach. Because of limited parking at this residence, guests are encouraged to leave their cars in the church parking lot and carpool to the reception, if at all possible.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been created David Solomon Children's College Fund for David's two children, Ben and Angela. Donation can be made by check or through the Navy Federal Credit Union
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Apr. 21, 2016
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