GUNNISON — David Morley Despain, 76, passed away peacefully in his home from natural causes Monday, Nov. 27.
He was born in April 18, 1941, in Gunnison to Clive Russell Despain and Wilma Morley Despain. He attended Centerfield Elementary School and graduated from Gunnison Valley High School, where he was active in sports, including the varsity basketball, baseball and track teams. He played the baritone and trumpet in the high school band.
He served for two years as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Northeast British Mission. He served in the Utah National Guard while attending Brigham Young University, where he graduated with a degree in Accounting. While attending BYU, he met Dona Lee Cooper; they were married in the Los Angeles Temple May 28, 1964. Together they have five children, Garth (Kristin), Larinda (Kelly), Molly (Brent), Deric (Cheryl), and Sam (Karmelle); 22 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He loved his family.
He was employed by Celanese Chemical in Bay City, Texas, EIMCO Mining Machinery, Intermountain West Insulation and Economy Builder’s Supply in Salt Lake City, as a partner in various technology and contracting firms based in Alpine; and as co-owner/operator and wrangler at Pine Valley Lodge in Pine Valley.
In addition to his full-time missionary service as a young man in England, he also served Church missions on Temple Square in Salt Lake City; with his wife as supervisors and co-directors of the Member Location Services Department in St. George; as an ordinance worker at the St. George Temple; and they served as Area Senior Missionary Coordinators from home in Washington. He served as counselor in four LDS ward bishoprics. He loved teaching the gospel and he served in many other ward and stake callings in the church.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, at noon in the LDS ward building located at 890 North Heritage Hills Drive in Alpine. The service will be preceded by a viewing from 10:30 to 11:40 a.m., at the same location.
Interment will be in the Alpine City Cemetery.