What a special family you are! You were blessed with a Special Needs child and you gave him the best life he could have ever wanted. Each one of you helped him overcome his disabilities. You were his arms, his legs and his body. You are his biggest fan, his cheer leader and his strongest support system. You gave him a life every boy would envy.
and Barb are very dedicated parents, to say the least. When David was
diagnosed with Epilepsy 28 years ago, there was never a question that he
would be given the best care available. Barb sacrificed her career so
she could provide the 24/7 care he required and David worked hours of
overtime to pay for extensive medical treatments. A couple years ago,
David retired from Reynolds and has continued in the 24 hour care of
Little David was very aware of the sacrifices his family
made for him and he was greatly appreciative. You see, for Little David,
every day was Father’s Day or Mother’s Day. Little David would pick a
bouquet of dandy lions and bring them in to his mother. With a smile on
his face he would hand her the bouquet of flowers and say, “Happy
Mother’s Day Mom”! His dad too was often greeted when he arrived home
from work with “Happy Father’s Day, Dad”. David didn't neglect his
brother and sister either he colored them lots of pictures.
knew David you know that he was pretty proud of his little sister, Tracy
and his little brother, Matt. It seemed every time Tracy had a school
performance you would hear David somewhere in the audience saying
“That’s my sister or There’s Tracy” or the occasional “Can we go now?”
David was also known to answer questions being asked on stage, like
“does anyone have a question”? He would answer “Yes, I do.” Matt’s
acknowledgement may not have been as public, but if you were close by
when David stumbled or fell, David was sure to blame it on Matt!
Apparently Matt never picked up his toys.
You couldn't visit too
long with David before he would tell you that his Uncle Robbie got a new
truck! It was pretty obvious that Uncle Robbie was the favorite! Uncle
Robbie even got him a security job at KCI airport as a Booter. David
proudly wore his booting vest and patiently waited for Robbie to pick
David enjoyed being an Uncle, even though he was slightly
disappointed when Noah was born that he wasn't a rabbit. He enjoyed
both Asa and Noah visiting and playing cars with him. And all three of
them worked on sharing.
David enjoyed bowling, tether ball, picking
dandy lions and playing in a T-ball league. He enjoyed watching
hummingbirds, turkey and deer in their backyard. David loved pulling a
wagon and picking up sticks in the yard. And Little David loved
recliners! When he would visit with Grandma and Grandpa Taylor, he would
patiently wait for Papa to go get a cup of coffee and then he would
head straight for Papa’s chair! He would say, “that’s so funny that I
got your chair!”. David had a love for big trucks! I believe he got that
from his Grandpa Probst. When he was riding down the highway, he would
see how many trucks he could get to honk at him. He would be pulling the
air horn for miles trying to get one of them to honk! David would sit
for hours on Thursdays waiting for the trash truck to come by their
house and honk. David loved the great outdoors. But most of all he
enjoyed going to the farm with his dad. When his dad would take him
hunting, they were always lucky! Everyone called David a good luck charm
for hunting! Little David loved to hunt and fish. He was a great
fisherman! On his dad’s birthday, every year, they would go fishing at
the Bethany Reservoir. Little David always bragged about the year he out
fished his dad! Then he would inform his dad “Aunt Linda is a better
fisherman than you!”.
He was so proud when he caught a fish at Aunt
Judy and Uncle Kenny’s pond. His Dad will tell you Little David was a
true fisherman. When you talked about fishing, he always had to one up
you! One time, Matt caught a 6 pound bass and his Dad caught a 7 pound
bass. So being a great fisherman, David explained that he had caught an 8
High School coach Joe Greim honored David with the
title of Excelsior Springs Biggest Wrestling Fan. David watched his
little brother Matt wrestle for 12 years and his little sister Tracy for
2 years. David touched the hearts of many in the wrestling community.
participated in the Special Olympics from 1990-1995. In 1994 he had the
honor of lighting the torch at the Special Olympics. He proudly won
several medals. His strongest event was the softball throw. They
encouraged him to throw by telling him to throw it over Grandma Patten’s
fence. You see, every time they visited her she would tell him “Do not
throw the ball over the fence!” and you know David, the first thing he
would do is throw it over the fence!
David knew no strangers. He admired police officers and fireman.
Everyone that spent any time with David knew if David liked you, he called you a Turkey! Thank you, God for giving us 28 years with David.