In memory of
David Gilbert Coleman
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In memory of
David Gilbert Coleman
(1933-2016) David Gilbert Coleman was a man who loved God, earnestly supported his family and friends, and encouraged all those around him. He was born in Lowell, Wisconsin a small town of 317 people. His family had a farm, and he told many stories about the challenges of growing up during the Depression. He was one of the few who actually had to walk miles in the snow to get to school. He studied engineering at the University of Wisconsin and also enrolled in ROTC, distinguishing himself with his leadership skills, receiving many awards. David served in the Air Force during the Korean War and then continued in the USAF Reserves, being promoted to Colonel in 1978. He married his wife Janet (Schultz) Coleman in 1959, and moved west to Denver to work for the U.S. Government in the Bureau of Reclamation. He moved his growing family a number of times during government service including work on the Coulee Dam in Washington. He ended his career working for the Western Area Power Administration in Sacramento as the Regional Director, retiring in 1995. Not a person to sit around, David volunteered at church and at UC Davis in the Career Center counseling students interested in engineering. He also spent many hours helping those in need of thoughtful advice and a deep well of compassion. The thread that ran through Dave's life most prominently was his love and devotion to his family. We were all appreciative of his phone calls, "fun money", care packages, and his ever-present camera to document our gatherings. Annual family vacations to Yosemite were a highlight, as well as to many other locations as the Coleman Family gained new members and started their own families. His wife Janet was the light of his life, and they were married for 57 years. Their marriage was a partnership, and they demonstrated what it means to love someone unconditionally, and how to love and serve others. David died at age 83 on October 1st with Janet and his children by his bedside through his hospitalization. In addition to his amazing legacy of generosity and faithfulness, he leaves his wife Janet; children Kathy (and Drew) Price of Bend, Oregon; Stephen (and Laurel) Coleman of Kauai, Hawaii; Lisa (and Spencer) Burke of Newport Beach, California; Brian (and Birgit) Coleman of Menlo Park, California. Grandchildren: Amanda (and Kyle) Hutchinson, Jennifer and Emily Price; Rachel and David Coleman; Alden and Grace Burke; and Lukas Coleman. His youngest sister Anita and her husband Miles Constantine were very close to his heart, as well as Anita's daughters Laura and Megan and their families. A celebration of David's life will be held on Friday, October 21, 2016, at 1 pm at Christ Community Church, Carmichael, CA. In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring David's legacy with a gift to either: Compass Community Church - Bend, Oregon ( compassbend.com ) or to missionaries Larry and Dana Stucky World Venture ( worldventure.com )
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