David was born May 11, 1998 in Tualatin Oregon, weighing a huge 9 lbs. 5 oz. to Dave and Chris Lee.
David lived in Keizer for the first four years of his life with his sisters Alicia, Felina, Chanel and Chrystal. His brother, Rick, had already moved out to start his own family. David then moved to Dallas with his parents and Chrystal.
David attended Sonshine School at the First Baptist Church in Salem from preschool to fifth grade. There he touched the hearts of his teachers and his classmates. Although he loved everyone there, Mrs. Benson and Mrs. Huges touched his heart the most. After he started Lacreole Middle School he would go back to volunteer time with his favorite teachers or just stop in to say hi.
David got into sports at an early age playing football, basketball and baseball.
David was always big for his age and very good in the sports that he played. His mother and father rarely missed a game in his life, he brought them pride and joy.
David started playing football in the third grade for coach Shinn who he loved playing for, When David first started he wasn’t sure if he wanted to play and wanted to quit, so he was told by his father to tell the coach and when he did coach Shinn calmly asked David to practice that afternoon and if at the end of the practice he still wanted to quit then he could, David agreed and had a blast and continued to play for coach Shinn.
In the fifth and sixth grade years he played football for coach Strader who David also loved playing for and enjoying an undefeated season.
David went on to play football for LaCreole Middle School and Dallas High School.
David played basketball for Kids Inc. in Dallas, Upward in Salem and LaCreole Middle School as a forward, he was called a “Freight Train” when he was dribbling down the court because once David got going you did not want to be in his way.
Baseball was probably David’s favorite sport. He had such a powerful arm that some kids would not warm up with him.
He played on the All-Star baseball team where he met coach Wolfe. Although he enjoyed playing for many of the coaches over the years Wolfe was his favorite. David played on a traveling baseball team called Oregon Select. During one game David threw three pitches in the first inning. Each player swung at the first pitch and grounded out. When he told his pitching coach about it later that week his coach told him that he tied a Major League record.
David loved sports. He wanted to play football for the Ducks and after he graduated he wanted to join the Marines where he could serve and protect his country.
David had a few nicknames like: The Professor, Cartman, Big Daddy, D-Dog and Dabin.
Those of us who got to know David knew that when he was around he would always say or do something to make us laugh or just his smile and beautiful eyes would light up the room.
David has gone on to be an organ donor where he has touched so many more lives. We know that he’s saved lives in Indiana, Nashville and many locally through his gift of life.
David will always live on in our thoughts, memories and prayers.
David leaves behind his parents: Dave and Chris; grandparents: Mike and Pat; brothers and Ssisters: Chrystal, Alicia, Felina, Rick and Chanel; nephews and nieces: Geoff, Cody, Kelcie, Austin, Ashlynn, Dillon, Larry, Killian, Ricky, Maleea, Cruz, Anthony and Liam.