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Crist Mortuary & Mountain View Memorial Park

3395 Penrose Place, Boulder, CO

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David Christopher Cleveland

16 March, 19545 October, 2019

David Christopher Cleveland was born on 16 March, 1954 and passed away on 5 October, 2019.

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Jerry Cleveland

10 December 2019

David Christopher Cleveland of Boulder, Colorado passed away at home October 5, 2019 after an extended illness. Dave attended Boulder High School and Front Range Community College before working as a manufacturing maintenance technician in the Boulder area for companies including Colspan Environmental Systems, Storage Technology, and Valleylab/Covidien/Medtronic. Family and friends were very important to him and he was loved by them. Predeceased by his parents, he leaves behind brothers Thomas, Jerry (Deborah), James (Gail), and sister Catherine. Friendly and funny, Dave was a cultural omnivore and could converse at length about almost any subject. He didn’t suffer fools — especially those in management and politics — gladly. A champion of immigrants, underdogs, and the marginalized, he was proud of the fact that he had been 86ed from a number of online forums for his controversial comments. He loved fly fishing, target shooting, participating in the CU Trivia Bowl, and riding his vintage BMW motorcycle. An expert in surfboard history, technology, and personalities, he had a collection of surfing memorabilia. When he passed peacefully in his bed he was wrapped in his beloved colorful surfboard-pattern comforter. If there is an afterlife, it is likely Dave is riding a perfect wave on a vintage longboard with the other late gods of surfing. As Jan and Dean sang in Ride The Wild Surf, “Gotta take that one last ride”.

Frank Lee

6 December 2019

Dave was a great guy and was always fun to talk to. We had some interesting conversation and some great ideas that we wanted to try at work. May you rest in peace and prayers to your family.

Glenn Sheridan

5 December 2019

Dave and I were hired together at Valleylab in the fall of 1985 and I have considered him my good friend since then, close to 35 years. He was one of the most well read people I have known and could discuss just about anything. I thoroughly enjoyed our conversations over the years and will miss them, and him.
My deepest condolences to his family.

Steve Trujillo

5 December 2019

I am so shocked and saddened to find out about Dave's passing. He was an amazing guy that I could just sit and talk to for hours. I have many wonderful memories of the time I spent with him for fishing at the lake to pheasant hunting. He had a wealth of knowledge on many subjects and just a fun loving guy. His time with us was way too brief and I feel lucky to consider him my friend. Dave you will not be forgotten.