David passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2008, surrounded by angels and family in the Jordan Valley Medical Center, due to complications of ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
A loving father, son, brother, uncle, and fiancé, David blessed the world with his unforgettable sense of humor, his sharp wit, wisdom, leadership, and unmistakable smile.
As a Gospel Doctrine teacher in the LDS Church and a dedicated career social worker, “Mr. Dave” made the world an easier, more compassionate place to live in for everyone that met him.
Dave’s career and life’s work was spent working with at-risk children and youth. At 43, Dave put the capstone on his career, serving as the CEO of Manatee Palm Youth Services in Bradenton, FL, where his legacy as a compassionate human being was solidified in the hearts of his clients and staff. A lover of University of Utah football, chess, orange Gatorade, Chessmen cookies, and fine chocolate “vitamins,” as he referred to them.
Among those he said “Farewell” to on Earth are his son David Jr. and daughter-in-law McKenzie; his father Gary (Sharon L.); his siblings Mark (Kim), Paul (Channy), Darryl (Shanna), Shannon (Rodney) Hickman, Bruce (Amy), Jon (Lexi), and Laura (Charles) Allen; his many loving nieces and nephews who live for “Uncle Dave”; and the love of his life, his fiancée, Tammy Squires.
Dave is preceded in death by his mother Sharon May; grandparents; and Uncle Keith.
A private family viewing was held on October 3, followed by a public funeral service, both at the LDS Thirty-First Ward Building in Salt Lake City. Interment followed at Elysian Burial Gardens in Salt Lake City. Arrangements entrusted to Starks Funeral Parlor.
In lieu of flowers, there is an account at Wells Fargo Bank in the name of Gary W. Guymon for the benefit of the David W. Guymon Memorial Fund, which will be used for scholarships for at-risk youth—GO UTES.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.starksfuneral.com.