OBITUARY

David Adams

October 11, 1956February 25, 2020

David Brian Adams, 63, of Longmont, passed away Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Born in Detroit, MI to Loren and Dolores Adams, he spent his early years growing up in the southern suburbs of Chicago. He attended Southern Illinois University, where he earned his degree in Administration of Justice. After graduation he worked as a police officer in Olympia Fields, IL for two years prior to relocating to the Lakewood Police Department where he spent 37 years serving the city and people of Lakewood. He worked in the Alameda area elementary schools as a DARE officer for several years before moving to Alameda High School as the School Resource Officer. His final years on the force were spent as a detective in the Juvenile Crimes Unit. He retired in March of 2018.

Dave married Monique Gorski on November 20, 1984 and together they raised three children. In his free time Dave volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America (Troop #537) and the Boys and Girls Club. He enjoyed a variety of activities such as moving furniture, cycling with friends, hiking, traveling, and playing with his grandkids.

Dave is survived by his wife, children, their spouses, six grandchildren, three brothers, and their spouses. He was preceded in death by his mother and father.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 2pm at the Christ the Servant Lutheran Church (506 Via Appia Way, Louisville, CO 80027).

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to the ALS Association in Dave’s memory. (ALSA.org)

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Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 7, 2020

Memories

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Nate Wessel

March 16, 2020

Dave helped talk me though some tough times I was going through as a teenager. He was a gentle and reasoned ear and checked up on me regularly as I progressed through life. I'll always remember him as a wonderfully selfless and caring person.

Darlene Green

March 8, 2020

I remember Officer Adam's very well. He was an asset to my son's Cub scout troop and Boy scout troop and was a great DARE officer. I have thought about him many times over the years and will miss him. It was an honor to have known you Dave.

Leilani Peterson

March 8, 2020

I always thought it unique that Dave collected lighthouses. Working with him for many years when he was a D.A.R.E. Agent and SRO, he truly was a guiding light for the team through many moves/relocations, and restructures that the teams were faced with. He always had such a serene and steady way about him and I never knew him to show he was having a bad day. RIP, Dave. You will be missed.

Patti McHugh

March 6, 2020

Cal Ripkin Jr. and Robert Redford were forever seen as the stunners of our group. Monique and I were just groupies along for the ride.
Love all our times spent together!

Shari Eilers

March 6, 2020

Dave always brought a friendliness to LPD records. No matter how his day was going, he always brightened up the room he was in. Dave has a special light and warmth that I will always appreciate.

Whitney Adams

March 6, 2020

One of my favorite memories of Dave was when he brought Ben, his youngest son, to meet me at the hospital so I could give birth to our daughter--Dave's only granddaughter. As long as I had known the Adams family, Dave pined for a granddaughter (he had 5 grandsons already), and he was about to get one. He helped Ben with the hospital bag and my very heavy (water filled) pillow, laughing the whole time. He was giddy as a school child. He nearly came out of his skin with excitement! I was really nervous, and Dave's excitement put me at ease, and somehow I just knew, because of his energy, that everything was going to be ok. I'll cherish that memory forever.

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Biography

About Me

I grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago. The village, Hazel Crest, was about 30 miles south of downtown. On a clear day, and there were not many back in the 60 and 70s, I could see Chicago's skyline from the high points in the neighborhood or from my roof. I was very aware of the political and racial dynamics that were happening in the 60s and 70s. My middle school and high school were integrated and had been for a while.

I graduated from high school in 1975 and was accepted into Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. This was a very beautiful part of the state I had not experienced before. There were trees and lakes and rolling hills, unlike where I grew up. I began pursuing a political science degree as I was very interested in current events. I was quite active in the student government. About half way through college I changed my major to Administration of Justice. At that time SIU had one of the best criminal justice programs in the country. I graduated in 1979.

In my free time

I love the outdoors, which is one reason I wanted to come to Colorado. I love to hike, travel, camp, and explore. I also love reading. These are also some of my favorite things about police work — you are outside and in all kinds of environments, some great some very alarming.

Becoming a police officer

I got hired on to the police department of a small village south of Chicago, named Olympia Fields, and I worked there two years. I applied to the Lakewood department in 1981 and was hired. At that time Lakewood was high on the list of departments to work for, and I was fortunate and have worked in Lakewood for 37 years — and to have lived in the city for about 33 years.

I became a police officer because I wanted to help people. Law enforcement put me in the middle of many different situations due to the people who call me to help. I also recognize that some people really don't want to be around officers unless they need them.

I loved putting together big cases and bringing them to court, and I love working with people. I have met many good people over the years that would include arrestees. They may have made a mistake, but they are still good people.

A career as a SRO

My career took me from the street into the schools. I worked in the Alameda area elementary schools as a DARE officer, and I then moved into Alameda High School as a School Resource Officer (SRO) shortly after Columbine. As an SRO I felt like I was doing community policing at its finest.

I loved being in the school and dealing with people on an ongoing basis. The relationships built between the students, their families and the faculty are truly an important component to law enforcement. A SRO enforces the law, teaches, builds positive relationships, and works hard to make the school safe.

I am honored to have served the Lakewood community and have enjoyed my career. I retired as Lakewood High School's SRO in March.