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Remembering Dave Ward

October 11, 2011

This space is usually devoted to writers of historical fiction and their work, but today we remember a reader, Dave Ward. 

I was working on a blog last week when this note from Dave’s pastor flashed across my screen:  It is with great sadness that I have to share the news that Dave Ward died tonight from an apparent heart attack.   He was on his way home from work when he stopped at the scene of an accident on I-405 South.  He began helping direct traffic around the vehicles, and continued to do so even after Paramedics arrived.  They reported that he was doing everything he could to help, which if you know Dave, you are not surprised.  

In the years after the death of his beloved wife, Tina, Dave spent many hours seeking solace in conversation with his friends.  When he is memorialized this Saturday, many will recount the love for her he expressed in those conversations.  They will also remember how handy, helpful, generous, and ingenious he was.  All true, but what I want to acknowledge here is Dave the reader and thinker—perhaps not how people usually recall the fellow who was always fixing this or that, or rounding up a group of kids to take to a model rocket launch.  (Yes, he will also be remembered as Director of the Kirkland Missile Agency.)

Dave and I shared many conversations of books we had read, mostly Cold War stuff and, in Dave’s case, engineering manuals.  (He also studied the wiring schematics for the sanctuary when he was the soundman at his church.)  The technical aspect of the story always interested him as much as the story itself.  He was just like that.

We had our run-ins, and they left their scars, but he forgave me, I think.  It was just a few weeks ago that he noted on his Facebook page that he had ordered my book.  (A self-taught computer wizard, he would not read an ebook, so he waited for it to come out in paper.)  Discussing the book, and hearing about the technical details I got all wrong, would have been a fun, final step in our reconciliation.  Alas, that conversation is not to be.  

            May God be with his children, Grant and Genevieve.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. Dwight Hanson permalink
    October 11, 2011 10:22 pm

    I am sorry for your loss brother. It was a lovely piece you wrote here for him. I am sorry I was not able to meet him during any of my visits home.

    • October 11, 2011 11:44 pm

      Thanks, Dwight. You would have liked him.

  2. October 13, 2011 4:07 pm

    What a lovely tribute to Dave the reader, and a sensitive acknowledgment of the ups and downs we have with those we are closest to. I am sorry the two of you never had the chance to take that last step, but he would have appreciated these words.

    • October 13, 2011 4:32 pm

      Thanks. I noticed that the discussion of his last book purchase was between the two of you on Facebook. I like that.

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