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David R. Dickens

February 4, 1949 - December 27, 2017

David R Dickens was born on February 4, 1949 to Maurice and Anne Dickens, of Denver, CO. He was the great-grandson of William H Dickens, a direct descendant of author, Charles Dickens. William H. was born onboard ship sailing from England, in 1842. He migrated to the St. Vrain Valley and settled the town of Longmont, CO.

 

David grew up in Littleton, CO and was a graduate of Arapahoe High School in 1967. He volunteered all his life and always wanted to help others in need. He became an Eagle Scout and was a member of the Arapahoe County Rescue Group. He married Paula Wilson in 1971 and they had a daughter Dana in 1977. After the marriage ended, David moved to Summit County CO where he worked in commercial security, and was a member of the local Dive Rescue Group & Sheriff’s Deputy Division. He met Debbie Scott in 1981. They moved to Houston, TX and were married on July 18, 1982.

 

In 1983 David and Debbie joined Friendswood Volunteer Fire Dept. where they later became paramedics. David and Debbie were also members of Lighthouse Charity Team in Friendswood, TX. David loved to prepare meals to raise funds for charitable organizations and those in need. It was nothing for him to serve 600 people a prime rib dinner and revel in how much they enjoyed it.

 

David started D Square Systems, Inc. in 1984. He sold the business in 2006 to Classic Protection Systems and he continued to work there until he retired in July 2015. Debbie retired the same year, they sold their home and moved into their motorhome full time. They had a great 2 1/2 years of vacation; traveling to the most wonderful destinations. They own an RV site overlooking the ocean in Newport, OR and one in Pottsboro, TX where they park on Debbie’s sister’s property.

 

David is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Debbie, his daughter Dana and her husband, Jason Sherman, their two daughters, Sophie and Maddie and his step son, D. J. Greenway. He leaves behind a brother, Phil of Littleton, CO, nieces, Stephanie and Krista, nephews, Sean and Brad and many cousins.

 

David was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Rod.

 

David’s choice was to donate his organs and tissue to Life Gift of Houston, TX, an organization which offers hope to individuals needing transplants, and then be cremated.

 

There will be celebrations of life/memorial services in both Friendswood and Dallas in the springtime. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that you make a donation to Lighthouse Charity Team, 3502 FM 528, Friendswood, TX 77546 - 281.482.9400 or Friendswood Volunteer Fire Department, 1610 Whitaker, Friendswood, TX 77546 - 281.996.3360

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Debbie and family, I am very sad to hear of David's passing. I also was in the Arapahoe Rescue Patrol, and have many fond memories of those days with Dave. I see that his charitable volunteering continued his whole life. A good friend and classmate, will never forget that smile. I pray that your faith helps you and your family to deal with your loss. Respectively, Mark Bayci Mark Bayci, February 9, 2018 I am so sorry to hear of David's passing. I pray, that you find peace and comfort, in your loving family and friends. It is hard to lose one, at an early age. I pray you find strength, in your love, for David, and his loving memory. God bless you in this time, Rosalee Canaday(Paschall), January 25, 2018 I am so sorry about your loss. Dave and I worked together the summer after our graduation from high school. We worked up in the Vail area building retaining walls and culverts for the new hi-way (I-70). Dave,as I remember, lived a few blocks away near Ridge Rd in Littleton near where Charlie Weidlein lived. We also new each other probably since grade school. He was a good guy! Bruce Van Gundy, January 25, 2018 Debbie and family, I'm so sorry to learn of David's passing. Although I didn't know him well in high school, your remembrance of him in the email to our other classmates is testimony to a man of great character, tender in heart and service to others. Praying you will be surrounded by those who love the two of you and that cherished memories of your lives shared will keep you buoyed up during this time of mourning. Ginny Holbrook, January 23, 2018 So sad to read this information. I certainly enjoyed knowing David as a student and his participation in activities in the theatre. Condolences to family and friends. Gene Scrimpsher, January 23, 2018 My Arapahoe high school classmate, Dave delighted us all with his quick wit and his marvelous, positive outlook on life. He will be missed by all who knew him. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Mark Brown, January 23, 2018
I am so deeply sorry to hear of David's passing. I was also a member of the class of '67, and I do  remember David as one of the FEW classmates who was actually kind to me in high school, and never engaged in the merciless bullying I received from the majority of people at AHS. For that, David will always hold a special place in my heart. May God rest his kind soul, and may He grant David's family & friends strength, comfort and courage to guide them through this difficult time.
Diane Walko, January 23, 2018 God be with this family. Send your angels to encamp around them. Comfort the broken hearted, wipe the tears away with peace. Welcome Dave with open arms and hold him close. Keep Deb close, she has lost her soulmate. Cindy Crutchfueld, January 21, 2018