Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home & Hillcrest Mausoleum & Memorial Park
7405 West Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX
March 31, 1950 – July 31, 2020
Henry David Hayden- husband, father, grandfather, friend, volunteer, and jokester, passed away Friday, July 31, 2020, after a courageous 11-year battle with cancer. He loved the Lord, his family, and his friends, and was the perfect example of servant leadership.
David was born and raised in Dallas, attended W.T. White High School, and the University of Texas. It was in college that he met the love of his life, Linda Massad. David joined the Mike Massad Agency and became a top producer and leader in the life insurance field.
He dedicated much of his life to the Salesmanship Club of Dallas. David spent countless hours serving as Camp Board Chairman in 2011, Membership Committee Chairman, Nominating Committee Chairman, and served on the Board several times. He participated in the Reading Buddy Program weekly and spent five years reading with his buddy, Oscar. He also served on many committees for the Byron Nelson Golf Tournament for 35 years, most noticeably on the Concessions Team. Dutch, what his grandkids called him, loved pickles, hot sauce, enchiladas with no onions, and a good barbeque sandwich. He loved his quiet time with the Lord every morning, fireworks displays at New Year’s and 4th of July, spending time at the lake swimming and fishing and going shooting with his family. Everyone who knew David was familiar with his undeniable sense of humor. Whether it was using his laser pointer during meetings, throwing pencils into ceilings, or giving bizarre keepsakes, he kept people laughing.
David was a dedicated husband to Linda. They were married 46 years and loved to travel and see the world, including Africa, Saint Thomas, Germany, Holland, and East Texas. He was also a devoted father to Holland and Kelly, father-in-law to Kolin and Michael, and grandfather to Joshua, Cooper, Elliott, Casson, and Henry. David was a fiercely loyal friend and an unwavering Christian.
A private service will follow when possible.
In lieu of flowers, you may send donations to the Salesmanship Club of Dallas and Highland Country Fellowship Church Dallas.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
August 9, 2020
We have so many sweet fun memories of wonderful times spent with David & Linda! We had lake time when we were visiting the Harris', we shared a helicopter over beautiful waterfalls in Hawaii , fun times cruising Alaska, and seeing lots of animals together (including a bear!) in Yellowstone National Park, Montana! Lots of laughs with lots of love and strong faith.
I am sad for us he left behind but so happy he is now healthy and happy sitting at the feet of our Lord! Bet he is telling jokes in heaven right now. We are comforted knowing we WILL see him again one day! Prayers for all of the Hayden family.
August 9, 2020
I have known David since he was 17 so I have too many wonderful, funny memories to write down, I love this quote though: "There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone, the light remains." That is so true about David. He learned his great love of family at his Mother's knee. Miss you always. Sherry
August 7, 2020
David was a faithful friend for 50+ years. We were pledge brothers at UT in 1969. We were in each other’s weddings. We dropped out of college together. We began our walk with Jesus together. Now David’s faith walk is complete. He has fought the good fight of faith and is now with Jesus in the place that was prepared for him from the beginning of time. I will always be thankful to have had David as my friend. As was said, however, he did have his humorous side. In the fall of 1971 after a couple of years of partying and drifting, we and another pledge brother, Duke Garwood, dropped out and went to Colorado. David’s sister lived in Greeley. That was where David and I got jobs, working outside, driving forklifts, in the winter. We unloaded 18 wheeler trailers filled with pallets of flat unformed boxes that we would put on an elevator to go up to a room where a machine formed them into boxes. Occasionally we would go inside to the box room and have some spare time so we had knife throwing contests, sticking knives in the boxes from varying distances. David was a good knife thrower. Once I had to take some pallets around to another portion of the plant and it was snowing hard. David was inside and was supposed to open the door where I would lift the boxes on the forklift up to another level about 7 feet above me. The forklift had a thin mesh screen of sorts on the top. I drove up and started to lift the boxes up only to see David open the door with a huge snowball about two feet in diameter with this silly grin that only David could make. He proceeded to loft it straight up in the air about 10 feet to come down right on top of me on the forklift. It covered me in snow. As mad as I was we laughed till we almost cried. He was a good snowball maker. Above all, David was a Jesus loving faithful man, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. As much as I will miss him, I know he is with the Lord and at peace and fully restored and I know I will see him again.
August 7, 2020
We will always remember the years of attending the Dallas Summer Musicals with David and Lynda and how much David loved Hope. He was smitten from day one and it never changed. Thank you for all the years of loving my daughter. She still has the stuffed dog he won her at the fair when she was 3. We will cherish our reviews of the musicals, especially the bad ones like “Yucky Doodle Dandy”. We looked forward to seeing the two of you as much as we did the show. We love y’all and rejoice that David is whole and no longer suffering. We will miss miss though. Praying for you Lynda and your family. Love and prayers,
August 6, 2020
We have lost a very good man in David. I looked forward to seeing him every year at our family reunions just to sit down and chat with him because I never knew what was going to come out of his mouth-but I did know that he would make me laugh for sure.
David could talk to anyone about anything and at times you could tell he wasn't feeling well but he would never let that stop him. He was a fighter to the very end and we are all blessed for having known him. Heaven is a better place today.
August 6, 2020
David was one of my biggest supporters upon returning from alcohol rehab almost ten years ago. He started sending me George Etheredge's Thought For The Day, which I read every morning and forward (because I am a techno idiot and don't know how to sign them up. David would appreciate that!) to anyone that comes to me for addiction help.
Funniest memories: at the lake house he was trying to get my lure out of a tree and did a face plant into the water, fully clothed!! It took us forever to find his submerged glasses.
When we were out fishing at the Lake and we weren't catching anything but Linda was, he would always say that she is more serious about fishing than he was so she caught fish and he didn't!
Not so funny at the time but when he did some wood working on his thumb with the table saw, his new name instantly became Thumbelina!
Always asking the waiter or waitress if he could pray for them when we said a prayer before eating.
His laugh, his heart, and if you ever asked him for/about something he would check on you until the issue was answered or resolved.
He always told me how proud he was of me.
When someone else was facing a hardship, no matter how much pain he was in, he would always say "my problems are nothing like yours, I don't know how you are doing what you do. You're amazing!"
He was a crier like me...like right now.
I Love you man
August 6, 2020
I shall never forget...It was on a cool September morning in Taos New Mexico. Several couples had journeyed there to take in the annual Michael Hearne Barn Dance music festival. I had known David barely a year but it felt like we had known each other forever. We were sitting in rocking chairs just talking about life and other things guys talk about. We were laughing about the infamous Hayden call! That's the very late night call that he made when Ellen and I were in Santa Fe on our honeymoon the year before. After letting the phone ring several times and hoping it would go away, I finally answered and asked "Who is this?" The voice on the other end said, "Well, it's David !" My mind was in a fog and racing to think "Do I know a David that would call me at this time of night and on my honeymoon?" Hey Spencer, it's David Hayden. Oh yeah David, is there a problem or emergency ? Oh no, I was just wondering what you and Ellen were doing?" (chuckle chuckle) Good night David we love you too, you rascal jokester you!
Our conversation then turned to the present when he and Linda would return to Dallas on Monday and get the results of the tests that the doctors had been running on David. Little did David know the race he would run and the challenges ahead. Eleven years later, this past September, David and Linda returned with us to Taos, to take in the Michael Hearne music festival and beauty of the moment. During these past years, never once did I hear David complain about his health nor did his faith in God falter, it was all about focusing on the beauty of the moment. That's the David Hayden I came to know and love, friend, jokester and brother in Christ.
August 5, 2020
I was sadden to hear of the passing of David this past week. When we last talk in church I knew he was not feeling well.
I first met David through a mutual friend Bruce Sifford back in 1976 or 1977. We played flag football on Bruce older brother team. We soon found out that our bodies were not as young as they use to be. David and Bruce join me on a Aoudad sheet hunt in Silverton,Tx. We all had a great time and David took a very nice ram that he was very proud of.
Over the past 40 plus years David took care of our family Ins needs and we develop a lasting friendship. Paige and I enjoyed our visits with David, catching up on both of our families going on's. I know he really enjoyed being at lake Lydia and he spoke to us about how you enjoyed fishing out there. I regret that we never did get together out there in east texas, though David and I talk about it, our places were only 10 miles apart. It seem that we both had to many irons in the fire.
My God comfort you Linda and the girls during this difficult time.
August 5, 2020
Although I will miss him greatly, I know that he is free from his long battle and he is home.
It was 7 years ago that I was first introduced to David. I was in my first few years in the financial planning business. He was looking for someone to help him transition his business so he could free up time for Linda and the grandkids while trusting his clients would be taken care of.
This wasn’t easy for David to initiate. He loved serving his clients and he never wanted to give that up entirely. He also had a 95-year-old father-in-law, that was still working, who loved to give him a hard time about slowing down. I remember one conversation specifically. Mr. Massad was giving David a hard time about going on too many vacations and David quipped back, “Mike, I’m just doing what you promised me I could do when you hired me 40 years ago.”
I owe a lot to David. He provided me an invaluable opportunity for professional and personal growth. I appreciated the opportunity to be mentored and work alongside someone as knowledgeable, caring, fun-loving, and patient as David. He graciously invited me into his practice and into the relationships he established with his clients and friends over all these years. My family and I will be forever grateful.
Liz Piercy Wilson
August 5, 2020
I grew up across the street from the Haydens. Then MANY years later, met up with several of them again at Lake Lydia. It truly is a small world. My love and condolences to the family. Liz Piercy Wilson
August 3, 2020
I'm so sorry for the family's loss and will be praying for comfort for all of you. I did also want to share a couple of stories. Of course, when I was a new agent with Mass in 2001, I immediately noticed all of David's "toys" in his office and knew he was a character. He always had a smile on his face and never met a stranger.
One time at one of my first agency sales meetings, which was held at a nice hotel meeting room, I reached down to get something out of my purse. it was full of silverware. I was baffled how it got in there, but I looked slowly around me and saw David near me, looking straight ahead but suspiciously serious. Yep, he was the culprit!
Another time, in a meeting in the office around a conference table, he had drawn a face on his famous finger that was in a wood working accident, yes, you know the one, and was making it dance just above the table edge. Hard to keep a straight face.
We will miss you David.
August 3, 2020
Dear Linda -
It is a very sad day for me to say good bye to David, and I am hopeful that he is truly resting with the Angels, for he deserves to be there! It is very hard not to remember David's cheerful countenance, his gracious demeanor, and his generosity in all his actions towards others! I last saw David a few years ago at (you guessed it) a Byron Nelson Salesmanship Golf Tournament where he was cheerfully assisting people with questions and generally spreading his special brand of kindness and good humor to everyone! Although I had known David for quite a while, I had not seen him personally for some time but, he greeted me like a brother, in his warm, genuine manner as though
we had just spent a delightful time together yesterday!
Linda, my heart and my thoughts go out to you in this sad time, and I am cheered only by the knowledge and belief that David is truly in a better place where universal Love surrounds him!
God Bless you and David and your Family!
FONDLY, JIM Brawner
August 3, 2020
August 3, 2020
It was a great joy for me to spend some time with David over the last couple of years as we caught up with our journeys. Although we did touch some on our high school baseball team memories, we mainly talked about our similar journeys in becoming born-again Christians in college at UT and then our spiritual blessings in Jesus Christ since then.
David knew his days were short, but did not want the focus to be on him at all. You could tell he had great peace with his eternal destiny. He had no fear of death. In addition, his gentle wit was still active in the midst of his physical pain.
To Linda and the family, Karen and I send our love and hugs. Linda's faith in Jesus and encouragement to David was also evident to both of us.
May God give your family His comfort.
"Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His godly ones." Psalm 116:15
Jim and Karen Hummel
August 3, 2020
Linda, David introduced me to you many months ago at Highland Country Fellowship. I was so pleased to meet you! David was my & Bobby's life insurance agent for over 30 years. He was always warm, so pleasant, fun to talk with and a very good listener. Professionally, he guided us well. We depended on him. He came to our home to do business and even came to my office a time or two for a signature (back in the day). He told us how much you LOVE to fish. Shared with us when y'all downsized years ago, that your girls (Holland and ____) would have to have the holiday get togethers at their homes....Said that you would rather be fishing at your home on Lake Lydia than just about anything. On David's recommendation, I ordered a steak at Pine Mills Catfish - he said best steak he'd ever had. He was right. Sure miss that place since it closed a couple of years ago. It was only 5 minutes from our cabin in Winnsboro! We 3 talked of getting together while y'all were at the lake and we at our cabin. We regret that it did not happen. Bobby and I were saddened about David's illness these last several years. Our deep sympathy to you and your family for your loss. We will miss him, too. I learned of David's death from Sammy D. I find it comforting to know that David is at peace, living freely and free from illness in the Kingdom of Heaven. We've not been back to church in person yet. I look forward to when we will see and visit with you there again, Linda. With love, Paige Herrera
August 3, 2020
I was so fond of David and I learned a lot from him. I am sorry that he is gone. My thoughts are with you.