David was born July 1, 1957, to Wanda and Garth McLeod in Abilene, Tx. He attended school in Abilene beginning with Austin Elementary then Madison Jr. High and graduated from Cooper High School. He completed a course with Tippett Gee as a draftsman. David began working for the U. S. Postal Service when he was nineteen years old. He later transferred to Arlington where he was a timekeeper for the postal service for fourteen years and attended the University of Texas at Arlington for three and a half years. He later transferred back to Abilene and was to retire from the postal service on December 31, after 30 years of service.
David loved the simple things in life. One of his favorite things was to wake up on a cold morning, look out his window, see the frost on the fields and trees, and think how blessed he was to be inside where it was warm and toasty, as he would say. Spending time at his brothers farm for his big barbecue cookout was something he loved to do; he always said it was the best barbecue ever.
David had a very strong faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He loved talking to family and friends about the Bible. He studied his Bible, always obtaining more knowledge and learning every day. His happiest moments were when he was helping someone who was having a problem. He would pray for them and then contact an evangelist in Denver and have him pray for them also.
David was a big man; he stood 6ft. 7in. tall and had a heart as big as he was. He would see a person on the street who needed help and he would give them a ride or money or whatever it took to help them.
We love him and already miss him so much our hearts are aching. He died unexpectedly Sunday, December 21, of a heart attack. The only things that are sustaining his family at this time is knowing of his love of his Savior and that he is with Him now.
Survivors include his parents, his brother Barry and wife Julie, their children Matt and Morgan, his sister Sharon and her husband Greg, their children Suzie, Katie, and Kellie, and his sister Michel McLeod of Roswell New Mexico, and his loyal and best friend Squeaker his faithful little dog.
At Davids request a graveside service will be held at 10:00 am, Tuesday, December 30, 2008, at Elmwood Memorial Park, 5750 Hwy 277 South.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the obituary link at www.elmwoodfuneral.com.
Thinking about you buddy. Wish you were here.
Miss you, bad, lately. Wish you could see me. Ive not been doing my best, this past year, but I guess everyone stumbles. I just know itd have been a lot easier if I had you to vent to. And have fun with. Love you.
I miss you, more than anything Ive ever lost in this world. More than the snow when it is summertime, more than the fall breeze when it is spring. I wish things were different, and I am having a hard time accepting that you are gone. I thank God for my friends, but they cannot make up for the hole you left in my heart. I look forward to the day I will get to see you again.
I so desperately miss my best friend.
Im not doing so good right now. Im trying but you know it is. I think I have it right this time, so watch me I know you are happy now am that is awesome Xenon
I didnt know Dave that well and I never met him face to face, only online but even so, it was obvious he had a big heart and a great personality. My condolences to his family and friends.
Steve SlocombeChicago, IL
David was the James Dean of my childhood. He helped Barry and me out of many a pickle as kids. He was the original pinball wizard and will always remember our trips to Mack Eplans. He loved and admired his little brother more than I have ever seen. He will be missed. All my love to the family.
chris barnettAbilene, TX
i miss you big dave. as i play my songs of the eighties, or push around a nutty truck, or remember what it felt like riding the back of a ten foot man........i will continue to miss you. i also remember the time that my precious little baby girl and i got into some trouble during her birth. i remember my dear friend big dave standing over me in the hospital, praying and sending out prayers to total strangers. although not strangers to you my awesome giant friend, you did not know strangers. i will miss you big dave, but i know where you are, and when i see you again, we will dance to your family, whom you talked of so dearly, know how he loved you guys so much, and take peace that you will see him again
amy herndontuscola, TX
TO MY FINE NEIGHBORS, GARTH AND WANDA, MY CONDOLENCE GO OUT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR SON, DAVID.
DON MC INNISABILENE, TX
Dear Garth, Wanda and family. Im so sorry to learn of Davids death. May God be with you and comfort you at this most difficult time, and please know I am thinking of you and your family. Your friend, Glenda Watts
Glenda WattsAbilene, TX
My friend, my confidant...I dont know how any of us can survive without you.
David, an internet friend of some seven years, we love helping one another with computer problems we each had from time to time, and the times we spent chating about each other countrys and how our families where. A good strong friendship. I will miss that. To Davids Family and friends love is sent to you all at this time.
Jan of South Australia Australia
Lord Muck JanO'sullivan Beach South Australia, TX
I never thought wed lose you. The pain is almost unbearable. Save a place for us and well see you later.
Sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you.
GlennSue BrownAbilene, TX
I miss you. Ill never forget the skunk patrols on the LBJ freeway and the times wed go at it in dominoes. Nor will I ever forget how much fun we had with Squeak...hunting for nightowls in Grans pecan trees, or wading into Kirby until the water was up to our necks with only the tips of the fishing poles sticking out of the water. You were my best friend. Ill see you when I get there.
One of the nicest people I have ever known and he will be truly missed. Gonna miss you Big Dave