David James Huelsbeck

February 18, 1964July 6, 2018
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David was born on February 18, 1964 in Chula Vista and passed away at his home in Santee on July 6, 2018. He was raised in Spring Valley and graduated from Mt. Miguel High School. He worked at Solar Turbines for over 25 years. He enjoyed hunting with family, hockey games and baseball. He loved to cook and draw. He is survived by his daughter Nicole, his mother Elizabeth and his brother Michael. He will be greatly missed by friends and family.


  • Nicole Huelsbeck, Daughter
  • Elizabeth Huelsbeck, Mother
  • Michael Huelsbeck, Brother
  • Denise Huelsbeck, Sister-in-law
  • William Huelsbeck, Father


  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 28, 2018

David James Huelsbeck

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Chelsey Toppins

July 30, 2018

My dad always told me growing up that I will have many friends that will come and go from my life but someday I will find that one best friend who will be there forever, will have your back no matter what and no matter how near or far will always be there for you. Well, my dad always ended this conversation with “and that friend for me is ‘Homie’”. Dave you were my dads greatest friend and you were family to us and always will be. We spent a lot of summer days over at Dave’s House bbqing, swimming, and making a mess of his house. Nicole, my sister McKenzie, and I grew up together. We used to play with our spice girl barbies, eventually growing into using an easy bake oven on her white carpet haha it quickly became rainbow colored. I remember all of Nicole’s pets, her guinea pigs, her rats, and of course Sammy and Rosie. Playing hide and seek in the pitch black of their house with Marissa and Chris, oh the memories. Some of my favorite and best childhood memories took place at Dave’s, spending time with my friend Nicole, learning to love UFC and football, and eating Dave’s soggy ribs. Yes as a youngster I was a picky eater and Dave used to make some of the best food, one day I told him they were ‘just okay’ and when he asked why I said they were soggy haha in reality they were the best ribs and he always kept us full of yummy food. Lots of laughs were shared with all of us and I am thankful to have known him and I’m thankful for everything he has ever done for my dad. RIP Dave, you will be extremely missed and will always be loved by many.

Lauren Jagd

July 30, 2018

To someone who stepped in as my second dad since I was a little girl to a woman,

Thanks for always loving me and caring for me like I was your own daughter. From heartlight days as a little girl to being a 20 year old who thinks she knew everything. I appreciate the home you gave me to grow up in. I have so many memories with you in it. Nicole and I grew up together, learned lessons together, had so much fun together and you were apart of it all. The many times I didn’t wanna be at my own home, you always offered yours and opened your heart and wisdom to me. I can always remember how much you loved duck hunting and how passionate you were when telling us how good you did during your trips. I can only imagine how many ducks are up in heaven keeping you busy and having fun. Anyways, I just want to thank you for making such an impact on my life. For supporting me like your own and always loving Nicole and I while we were difficult teenagers. I know we weren’t always easy to support or love, but you always did. I hope you Rest In Peace Dave. Life will never be the same without your physical presence. However, I know you’ll always be around spiritually. Hope heaven rocks!! You’ll forever be missed!

Love your second daughter,

Lauren Jagd

Brandon Kohnert

July 26, 2018

They say there is a reason. They say that time will heal, but neither time nor reason, will change the way I feel. For no one knows the heartache, that lies behind our smiles. No one know how many times we have broken down and cried. Your so wonderful to think about but so hard to be without.
Love ya,
Brandon K.

Carol Woods

July 25, 2018

To the Huelsbeck family:

My condolences on the passing of your son, brother and father Dave, you are in my heart and prayers.

Dave and I had many laughs together with his group of friends to include my two sons and daughter; forever his smile will be with us.

With love and respect,
Carol Woods

Diana Harshman

July 24, 2018

I am so sorry to hear about David passing! We grew up on San Miguel together, and our teen years were made special because of the fun time we had together!! Even though we grew up and moved apart David will always hold a special place in my heart!!
Sending prayers and love to you all!

Deborah Housen (Cook)

July 23, 2018

I met David at Palm Junior High in 1977. He and I soon became good friends. His best friend, John Collins and I, became the Three Musketeers and stayed close friends all through high school (Mt. Miguel), graduating in 1982. We spent a few summer days at the beach then, life happened and I lost touch.

I am deeply saddened by David's passing. I found out accidentally.

John Collins and I remained in touch, good friends, all these years. He passed away (quite suddenly) on October 20, 2017.

So, I have been trying to find David, you see, so that I could tell him of Johnny's sudden departure. I was devastated to find him through his obituary.

I am so sorry for the Huelsbeck's families loss of David. He was an amazing guy with a quick wit and beautiful smile.

Deborah Housen (Debbie Cook)

JoJo Malo

July 17, 2018

Dave, I'm still in shock that you are not here. You've always been there for me, even after we broke up I could always count on you. I remember our 1st date, you were so nervous and kept looking at your watch because you let a neighbor watch Nicole and you didn't want to leave her for very long. Your main concern was always your daughter, and I had tremendous respect for you as a single father. You also were a caring father-figure to my kids during the 10 years we were together. I remember when we got Sam, she was the sweetest dog who followed you everywhere and you trained her to be an amazing bird dog. I have great memories of our time together. I miss you and think of you all the time. I know you are with your dad now, who you idolized, and one day we will see each other again. Love you always...

Rosa Sarabia

July 16, 2018

Dear Huelsbeck family
I am deeply saddened by the news. I grew up on San Miguel(neighbors) with David and Mike and have cherished memories of Bill and Elizabeth. We had some amazing times, David always sweet, generous and funny! As kids we had no end of energy to play ball, ride bikes and of course find some way to get in trouble. We had some fabulous times. Though we all went our separate ways he will always have a special place in my heart! Know we are praying you are given strength and find comfort in all the wonderful memories that honor him.

Patty Connell

July 15, 2018

We met when I was somewhere around 17 or 18 30+ years ago. We liked each other and hung out a couple times together. Then you met Jennifer the person you fell in love with and we still stayed good friends for all these years! My heart aches every time I think about all the good times we all had for a long time and I'm going miss you very much! You used to wear that goofy blue hat with the flaps down the back I can remember it like it was yesterday, you loved that hat. All the parties, cruising 2nd street were the best times of my life and you were always a big part of that so much fun! About 20 years ago when I had problems with my marriage we got together again and went on a New Years eve date at Hungry Hunters we waited a long time for a table but we had a very nice date and would've liked to continue seeing you just didn't work out that way. At least I got to have one more date with you it meant the world to me. I will always love you and miss you Rest in Peace my long time friend I will never forget you Homie!

Gary Woods

July 14, 2018

First off I can't explain the pain and heartache I feel because of your loss, for years you have met so much to so many of us and my entire family I will always cherish the great times we always had on 2nd Street. Spending times at your two Room Studio and partying like we did, you have been a true friend and always looked out for your friends. Always willing to go to battle with us. It was wonderful how you treated Stephanie as she was growing up, she always looked up to you, how she called you Uncle Dave and then many years later you showed up at her wedding. That would be the last time I had seen you, Forever cherished you will never be forgotten and we will meet again my friend, keep rocking the Heavens until we get there. Rest in Peace Homie.