David C. Edwards died peacefully on August 5, 2017, in Flagstaff from COPD-related issues. He was born in Palestine, Arkansas to Lester and Donna (Barber) Edwards on June 19, 1940. He graduated from Saint Paul’s Lutheran High School in California, and was the oldest of five.
Dave was a longtime resident of Flagstaff and found his spiritual home at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, serving on their Board until health-related issues kept him homebound.
Nothing brought Dave more joy than the great outdoors, as he frequently enjoyed hunting, fishing, leather-crafting, woodworking and shooting. He was known to his close family as “the Mountain Man” because of his fond appreciation for nature. He was a dedicated friend and a dutiful son, brother, and father.
Dave was devoted to public service, whether it be to his country, his state, or his local community. Upon his discharge from the Navy, he moved to Phoenix and worked at Phoenix International Raceway as a security guard; at South Mountain Park as a park ranger; for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy and certified rescue/recovery diver assigned to Lake Patrol at Saguaro Lake; and as a narcotics agent. He was eventually transferred to Flagstaff and finished his career as a Highway Patrol Officer with the Arizona Department of Public Safety and retired in 1990.
Dave is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dennis; and son-in-law, Wayne. He is survived by daughters, Shari (Wayne) Dodds, Linda (Tom) Fergus, and son, Darron (Susan), as well as eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and three siblings: Joann Silveira, Michael (Marty), and Beverly; and his faithful dog, Bear.
Special thanks are extended to Hospice Compassus for their compassion and support and to Thom Dale for his loyal friendship.
A memorial service will be held at the Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Flagstaff, Arizona, on August 14, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., with Pastor Korey Van Kampen officiating. Interment will be private.
The family is grateful for the condolences, but declines flowers or donations.