OBITUARY

David Herr, Jr.

September 11, 1963March 31, 2021
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On Wednesday, March 31, 2021, a light was taken out of this world after the sudden passing of Gilbert “David” Herr, Jr. David was born on September 11, 1963, in Marion, Ohio, and passed away at age 57 in Dallas, Texas. In February 2021, David married the love of his life, Michelle. The newlyweds valued their time together and also enjoyed spending time with Michelle’s family. The family quickly fell in love with David and admired the loving way he cared for his wife.

David served as the Chief Technology Officer of the Dallas Mavericks and was a deeply respected trailblazer and leader in the industry. He joined the Mavs in October 2017 and immediately became a beloved colleague and friend, making a lasting impression on the entire Dallas Mavs organization. David earned the respect of everyone who encountered him whether with the Mavericks, at the American Airlines Center or in the community. He was innovative, creative, passionate and witty. He always stood for equity and equality and took action to uplift members of underserved communities. Most of all, David had this incredible ability to connect with people from all walks of life and he always wanted the best for others.

“David was one of my all-time favorites”, Mark Cuban shared. “Not only was he a great human being, but he was one of the smartest technology experts I have ever worked with. There was no technology David didn’t know or couldn’t learn. His skills were extraordinary. He was a joy to work with in every way. We will all miss him deeply.”

David didn’t consider his career a job – but a calling. Cynt Marshall of the Dallas Mavericks remembers how David always said it was a dream of his to work for Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks. He often talked about being a True Maverick and wanting the Mavs to be first. His colleagues with the Mavericks also recall his constant reminders to guard passwords and be diligent about protecting information. He was fiercely loyal and wanted to comfort and protect everyone.

“I will miss David calling me just a few minutes before going on the air to tell me we were trying something new with our HUDDLE broadcast,” Marshall shared. “But David always said, ‘don’t worry, Boss, you’ll love it.’ He always made things better and different.”

It was that kind of spirit that captured everyone who was honored and blessed to work alongside David. He had a witty personality and always walked around with the strongest coffee. He loved to challenge and encourage others to rise to the “big leagues” and try his strong-black-vitamin infused coffee. Whether it was coffee or the latest app, David was always innovating and sharing what he was learning.

On the technology front, David was always a step ahead and was passionate about the critical issue of equity. He truly believed – and helped others believe – that we have the power to make a difference in the world. David spent countless hours quietly working on strategies to ensure a level playing field for all citizens of the community. Every person mattered to David and he was determined to use technology for societal good.

David graduated from Barrington High School in Barrington, Illinois, in 1981. Living out his desire to serve others and his country, David subsequently joined the United States Armed Forces and later became a police officer.

In 2002, David founded the Westlin Bunker, a former corporate nuclear fallout shelter. He took the property from a concept stage to an operating data center with multiple Tier 1 carrier connections and several Fortune 500 clients.

Prior to joining the Mavs, David was the Chief Operating Officer of Opus-3 Data Center, a position he held for over six years. Opus-3 is the former broadcast.com/yahoo data center that is situated in the heart of downtown Dallas. David helped renovate the 36,000 square foot center into a state-of-the-art multi-tenant data center with services ranging from single serve colocation to enterprise suites.

David was a leader and pioneer in the technology industry and co-founded or served in leadership roles with numerous other broadcast and technology companies. From 1992-1997, he served as the IT Director of Montgomery County, where he managed voice and data systems for one of the fastest growing counties in Texas. He also helped build a network from scratch that eventually linked 18 county buildings. Most recently, David was thrilled to help the Dallas Mavericks organization implement several new systems to connect the Mavs with fans and seamlessly keep operating while employees worked from home. He was always driven to make life easier for employees and he loved new challenges. David never took no for an answer and would do whatever was necessary to solve problems.

David also served on the steering committee for the “Internet For All” coalition that aims to ensure every family and child has equal access to the internet. He joined 40 community leaders, beginning last May, to pursue short-term and long-term strategies to equip all students with reliable internet connection and was passionate about lending his time and expertise to close the technology gap.

David was the only son of Gilbert and Carol Herr. His mother preceded him in death in 2011. David is survived by his wife, Michelle Herr, father Gilbert David Herr, Sr., sister Erika Herr Zignego, and his married family, parents Arthur and Gloria C. Sosa, sister Shannon Kirk (Karl), brother Arthur Sosa, Jr., daughter Desiree DiStefano (Jason) and granddaughter Cheryl DiStefano.

A celebration of David’s life is to be conducted at eleven o’clock in the morning on Friday, the 9th of April, with family receiving friends at ten o’clock, in the Chapel of Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home, 7405 W. Northwest Hwy. in Dallas. For those unable to attend, a livestream will be accessible by selecting the “join Livestream” icon in the “Funeral” section. Please note that due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, seating is limited and available for the first 100 guests. A private graveside memorial will immediately follow services.

David was kind and full of grace. He certainly left his mark on this world and made it a vastly better place. The angels rejoiced on March 31, 2021, as they welcomed home another angel.

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Ryan Kline

April 14, 2021

I was blessed to have the opportunity to work with David at the Mavericks and Mark Cuban Companies. He was truly the most patient person I've ever met, not to mention extremely generous with his time and energy. There was no person he couldn't stop to help, even though we all knew his to-do list was already pages and pages long. I will miss him and remember him.

Deadrah Smith

April 13, 2021

David,
I am forever grateful to have met you. I do believe people come into your life for a reason and as the years passed, I understood why.
You were a very special man and I am honored and thankful to have had you as a friend…. a true friend.
Thank you for the early morning conversations as we crossed paths in the breakroom. Thank you for not making me feel illiterate when I would call you with the crazy questions of why my computer was doing things on its own. Thank you for listening and always knowing what to say to keep me focused. Just thank you for being you.
I will miss you my friend!
Deadrah

Allegra Lindstrom

April 10, 2021

David and I have been friends since 1989. I am heartbroken at the news of his passing. I am sending love and prayers to David’s family and hopes of comfort and peace in knowing what a kind and loving person he was! He was a roll model to my young twin boys and one of the finest men I’ve ever met!
Love, prayers and my eternal gratefulness in the gift of your longtime love & friendship David!
❤️ Allegra

Nina Moreno

April 9, 2021

David was a man with an overflowing amount of patience and kindness. He was always willing to show anyone how to do something on the computer. He will be greatly missed.

Spencer Santora

April 9, 2021

David was a pleasure to work with and I am glad I was able to get to know him while working with the Mavs. He was always there to solve any problem or to help come up with the next big idea. He will be greatly missed.

Jenny Boucek

April 9, 2021

Because I didn't travel with the team, I had a lot of zoom interviews etc in the past year. David was my partner in crime. Not only did he help me find the perfect camera angle and lighting so I looked good...He was an encourager. He never said much, but he always had a kind encouragement that lifted my spirit and gave me needed confidence/comfort in some new endeavors. I have many fold memories of our 1 on 1 time together and his gentle, warm soul. I know he got many frustrated calls at odd hours when our computers were acting crazy at the worst times, but he was always gracious, calm and able to solve any problem. I pray he knows how much he is appreciated, loved and respected. Thank you to his family for sharing him with us and allowing him to be so available. Rest in perfect Peace, my friend.

Keisha Wyatt

April 9, 2021

I remember when I first met David! Like it was yesterday – across the street from the Mavs Pavilion. I would “sneak”, so I thought to park at his office. David was outside one day, and I gave him a look like is it ok to park here and he just nodded and grinned. From there on, I parked across the street from the Pavilion because I knew David was good with it! Somedays I would join him and Ken outside just to chat knowing that I was probably interrupting an important tech conversation. David’s warm and welcoming spirit will be greatly missed.

David, you are, because your presence will forever be here, one of the kindest people to walk this Earth. I am grateful to the Lord above that we crossed paths. I pray for God’s peace and comfort to cover Michelle and family. It may be our loss, but it is heaven’s gain. Rest well. God Bless.

Brooke Roshell

April 9, 2021

David Herr, such a kind soul and so giving. I remember seeing him in the breakroom often. He would tell me that I was welcome to stop by his desk if I ever wanted a better cup of coffee, where he kept extra VitaCups. One of my first and favorite memories was when I was at his desk getting a VitaCup, telling him about how much my sister would love his coffee and he insisted I give an entire box to her!

jymme Gomez

April 9, 2021

I am Davids Bunker Partner. When I arrived at the Westlin Bunker on October 15,2007 David was the first person to greet me. For the next 3 years we were together most times 7 days a week. As many of you at the Mavs know , he never slept .David was always plotting out the next step to make the Bunker successful

David left the Bunker in 2010. moving on to the big City of Dallas. Always keeping track of one another, we just over the past couple years started communicating more and sharing our experiences in our Data Center Worlds. David spent a couple days with me at the Bunker last summer during the Pandemic and he did a beautiful job of videotaping the entire Bunker Property. He and I always joked about me needing to be in Dallas with family and his desire to someday come home with the love of his life Michelle and to his second love, Lake Conroe. I am saddened to know that will not happen for he and Michelle.

David loved Michelle and he loved the Mavs family. I have never heard him happier. He called me on March 29, my Birthday and we talked for an hour. Reminiscing about the good ole days and of course David trying to help me set up an online tool to create more business for the Bunker. David referred to himself as the "Bunker Boy" and that is how he will be remembered at the Bunker. David will be missed. Our loving thoughts from all at the Bunker to Michelle and to his family. Rest in Peace David.

Ronnie Fauss

April 9, 2021

David, you are truly one of the most special and unique people I have ever known. In every interaction you set an amazing example of selflessness, servanthood, hard work, sincerity, curiosity, and humility. The example of the way you lived your life is so powerful, and I will tell your story to many people. I will miss working with you, I will miss our lunches and happy hours, and I will miss catching shows with you whenever we could finally drag you away from the office. Your absence leaves a hole that can never be truly filled, and we will try to make you proud by honoring the values you hold dear. I can’t wait to see you again someday.
– Ronnie

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