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David Jamison Schaal

September 9, 1937 — April 22, 2024

Highlands Ranch, Colorado

David Jamison Schaal

      David was born on September 9, 1937 in Platteville, Wisconsin to Russell and Ella Jamison Schaal. He was the 11th of 12 children. The family moved to a farm near Savannah, Illinois where the three little boys had adventures. These adventures would later be told to family and friends as the "little boy stories". But we all know the one who caused the trouble was David's invisible friend the little blue man. In 1953, the family moved to the "big city", Clinton, lowa.

     David graduated in 1955 from Clinton High School and met his first wife, Jan. In 1958 he joined the Army and after basic training at Fort Leonard Wood he served in Baumholder, Germany.

     After he was discharged from the Army in 1961, Dave and Jan decided to move to California. On the trip across the country, they stopped to see Dave's older brother George. Soon after arriving in Denver, they decided to stay and bought a house about half a mile away in Englewood, Colorado.

     Dave worked at Gates Rubber Company while attending Denver, University. In June 1966 Dave graduated 2 days after his daughter, Stephanie, was born. Two years later, he graduated from DU with a Master of Public Administration. Dave worked for the next 30 years for the Air Force Finance Center as a computer programmer and supervisor.

     Dave's family moved to Sedalia, Colorado in 1977. He was a skilled craftsman. Dave could build or repair almost anything. He enjoyed raising animals, tending to his extensive garden, and his annual hunting trip with his buddies. He was proud of his involvement in youth rodeo.

In 1987, Dave asked Nancy on a date and promptly stood her up. To his great relief, she gave him a second. David and Nancy married and the family moved to Centennial, Colorado.

     Dave loved caring for his new family. In his spare time, he ran marathons and half marathons.

     Dave is survived by his wife Nancy, his children Stephanie (James), Katy (Juli), and Andrew (Jennifer); his grandchildren Cody (Sasha), Jackson, and Noah; and his great-granddaughter Ava. He is also survived by his sisters: Irma, Florence, Ellen, and Norma. Also, survived by a multitude of nieces and nephews.

Past Services

Memorial Service

Thursday, May 9, 2024

10:00 - 10:45 am (Mountain time)

Horan & McConaty Funeral Service and Cremation - South Metro/Centennial

5303 E County Line Rd, Centennial, CO 80122

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Committal Service

Thursday, May 9, 2024

1:30 - 2:00 pm (Mountain time)

Fort Logan Cemetery, Colorado, Denver

4400 W. Kenton Avenue, Denver, CO 80236

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