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David Sturm

October 23, 1944 ~ April 7, 2022 (age 77)

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Our beloved David Paul Sturm of Middleton, Idaho died on April 7, 2022, at age 77. He was born to Carl Otto Sturm and Madeline Frederica Fritz on October 23, 1944, in Batavia, Illinois. Shortly after, he and his family relocated to Rosemond, California, where he grew up with six siblings: Marilyn, Madelyn, Gordon, Margie, Carl, and Judy. This era in the Mojave Desert was formative to him; he was proud to have been raised there. He enlisted in the army at seventeen, where he qualified as an expert sharpshooter. After serving in the army, he married Susana Helena Spencer, with whom he had four children: David Jr., Dawn, Veronica, and Elizabeth. He lived with his second wife, Dora May Castle, and her four children for fourteen years. In 1986, he married Patricia Ann Mason, who would be his dear wife for the rest of his life. From Patricia, he gained four children: Pamela, Kenneth, William, and Matthew. He treasured his big family.

He had numerous talents, being especially gifted at rock gardening and sales. He spent much of his life as a landscaper, specializing in cactus gardens made with pumice rocks. In June 1988, he dedicated himself to what he called his “mission” as coordinator of the Pacific Press Association’s Signs news box program. He was “The Signs Man” for over thirty years, driving millions of miles across the country to serve his mission; he was dearly beloved by his clients and coworkers for his dedication and faith.

With a vibrant, memorable laugh, he was a man of great kindness and enthusiasm. He was passionate about rocks and cactus gardens, very long road-trips, Christmas cookies and fruitcakes, the Chicago Bears, his many pets (Baby, Candy, Daisy, Kitty, etc.), and telling his famous jokes (about the elephant in the tree). He loved people and their company; he hated eating alone. He was a helper and would always go the extra mile to make sure everyone around him felt happy, safe, and comfortable; he regularly picked up and fed hitchhikers. His positivity will be sincerely missed.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia, and many children, grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

His funeral service will be held on Friday, April 15, 2022 at 2:00 pm at the Parma Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1 E McConnell Ave. He will be buried in Roswell Cemetery. If desired, friends and family may make memorial contributions to a charity of their choice.

Psalms 91:1-2
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

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April 15, 2022

2:00 PM
Seventh Day Adventist (Parma)
1 E Mcconnell Ave
Parma, ID 83660


Roswell Cemetery

Roswell, ID

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