David L. Nicholson

July 13, 1941November 15, 2012

NICHOLSON, David L. – of Grand Blanc, age 71, passed away Thursday, November 15, 2012 at U of M Hospital in Ann Arbor. Memorial Service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, November 19, 2012 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 6494 S. Belsay Road, Grand Blanc, MI. with the Reverend George L. Cleaves, Jr. officiating. The family will receive friends from 3-8 p.m. Saturday and from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the Hill Funeral Home, 11723 S. Saginaw Street, Grand Blanc, MI. Memorial contributions may be made to U.S. Armed Forces Awards Central Michigan University Carlin Alumni House – Dave Nicholson Memorial, attention: Ted Tolcher, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859. David was born July 13, 1941 in Royal Oak, MI the son of the late Thomas and Dora Nicholson. He graduated in 1964 from Central Michigan University and entered the U.S. Army in May 1964 where he served as a Lieutenant in the Adjutant General Corps. In 1967 he started his career with General Motors, retiring as Director of Education and Training in 1992. Mr. Nicholson then formed his own business the Training Source and later returned to Central Michigan University to take on his dream job by joining the Alumni Relations and Development staff, where he served until his sudden illness. Surviving are: wife, Donna Nicholson of Grand Blanc; children, Jamie (Heather) Nicholson of Grand Blanc and Tracey Nicholson of Baltimore; grandchildren, Ramsey, Ellyson, and Julia; brother, Robert (Micki) Nicholson; and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Nicholson was preceded in death by his sister, Joyce Allor, and by his brother, Glen Nicholson. Share your condolences with the family at



  • Memorial Service Monday, November 19, 2012
  • Visitation Saturday, November 17, 2012
  • Visitation Sunday, November 18, 2012

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Thomas Owen

January 2, 2013

Dave was a very special Man, with a very special Family. Though I had not seen him for over 20 years, my memories of him will always be something I will treasure.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this very difficult time.
Thomas Owen

Melody Magee

December 21, 2012

I just found out about David's passing and I wanted to let the family know that I will truly miss him. We would have lunch or Dinner from time to time just to laugh and talk about CMU and GM. He was a friend and mentor to me - I shall never forget him. I know he loved his wife, children, and grandchildren and I wanted to let you know that you was the joy of his life.

Richard Severson

December 12, 2012

I am so sorry to hear of this. Dave was a perpetually positive person and always pleasant to talk with about so many subjects.

Cindy Hales

November 21, 2012

How very sad I was to hear this news today. Dave was a wonderful colleague during my time with CMU Development. I was always grateful for his kind and encouraging words. My deepest sympathies to his family.

Katherine Holmes

November 21, 2012

We have lost a fine fellow! I will miss you Dave! Sending the family strength during this time of loss!

Sandy Buchwalter

November 21, 2012

I only met Dave a few times - through alumni events - but he was the nicest, most positive person to be around! All who met Dave have had the same reaction - we will all miss him and the great enthusiasm he had for CMU.

Ashleigh Sonnenberg

November 21, 2012

Dave's passion for Central Michigan University was both overflowing and contagious, but it was his smile and uplifting attitude that made him a truly exceptional colleague. I am grateful to have gotten to work with Dave at Global Campus and send my deepest sympathies and prayers to all of Dave's family and friends!

Steve Rellinger

November 21, 2012

I will miss Dave's passion and unwavering commitment to our military students, veterans, and their family members.

Eric Joyce

November 21, 2012

Dave was a wonderful resource for his colleague and a steadfast guide for his fellow CMU alumni. He will certainly be missed but not without leaving a lasting impact on the lives of everyone who knew him.

Craig Smith

November 19, 2012

Dave was a great man because he was a good son, a good brother, a good husband, a good father, a good grandfather and a good friend. His life defines the word 'success.' Despite all that Dave had accomplished, it seemed like he was just getting started. I will miss you, Dave. Rest in peace, friend.