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David Roy Starkey

April 24, 1969December 21, 2019

David Roy Starkey, age 50, of Gilbert AZ was received into the arms of his loving Savior on December 21, 2019 with his loving wife Heather by his side after his long and courageous battle against Acute Myeloid Leukemia. David was born April 24, 1969 in Lancaster OH to Donald and Marilyn (Howdyshell) Starkey of Logan, Ohio. He graduated from Logan High School with the Class of 1987 and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Ohio University in 1991. During his career in Radio, David’s voice was on the airwaves in central Ohio on WAIS, WATH, WLGN, 610 WTVN, Arrow 105.7, Channel Z 98.9, Lite FM 93.3 and others. He also taught at the American School of Broadcasting in Columbus, OH. It was through his radio career that he met the love of his life Heather Ann (Ferrell) Starkey during an on-air dating game. They went on a blind date on October 1994 and married on September 13, 1997. In 2008, David and Heather left the Columbus area and moved to Appleton, WI where he attended the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in History and Education. After relocating to Gilbert, AZ David taught 6th grade at the American Leadership Academy in Queen Creek, AZ. He was also a member of First Baptist Church in Chandler, AZ where he was active in working with the youth. David will be remembered for his kindness, his amazing sense of humor and his love of life, friends and family. He was also a man with a strong faith and love for Jesus Christ and he proudly shared the gospel and his personal testimony throughout his struggles in life. David is survived by his devoted wife of 22 years, Heather Starkey of Gilbert, AZ and his parents, Donald and Marilyn Starkey of Logan, Ohio. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters in law Duane and Debbie Starkey and Douglas and Danielle Starkey of Logan, OH; his sister Teri Hockman of Middleport, OH and his sister and brother in law Melanie and Tony Basconi of Beckley, WV; his father and mother in law Thomas and Sharon McCray of Heath, OH, his sisters and brothers in law, Heidi and James Parkinson of Gilbert, AZ and Holly and John Collier of Shelby, OH as well as many nieces and nephews and his loving basset hound, Walter. David will be reunited in heaven with his grandparents Helen and Roy Howdyshell, his brother in law Dennis Hockman, his good friend John Wright and his favorite faithful basset, Ripper as well as many other furry friends. Memorial Services celebrating David’s life will be held 12 noon Friday January 17, 2020 at HALTEMAN-FETT & DYER FUNERAL HOME, Lancaster, Ohio. Friends and family may visit Friday one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, David wanted donations made to Scioto Youth Camp in Junction City c/o Paula Brandon P.O. Box 2 Rockbridge, Ohio 43149 ( Sciotoyouthcamp.org ).



  • Visitation Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Memorial Service Friday, January 17, 2020


  • Order of Service


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Carl & Jane Morgan

January 17, 2020

Our memories of. David begin at Scioto Youth Camp when his mother and I cooked there. We stayed on the grounds so our kids played together sharing lots of fun playing trucks, outdoor adventures, frog catching, and even a bad case of sand fleas! That ccreated a love and caring between our families and we kept up with them down through these years. When he worked on the radio, he came to volunteer working a week at camp. Every morning he would trek up to the top of the campgrounds( the only place his cell phone would work) to call and talk with his partner about his week on the air. David was always a dedicated, energetic, fun-loving. guy who let the Lord use his life. Our hearts, love, and prayers go out to all the family.

Joe Jewett

January 14, 2020

Dave was my instructor at the American School of Broadcasting. I remember him well. He was a good guy. So sorry to hear of his passing. Condolences to his family and friends.

Tammy Pare

January 14, 2020

Heather, I am sincerely and deeply sorry for your loss. My heart aches for what you're going through. Thank you for sharing with us the courageous and painful battle with cancer. Your journey touched my heart. In prayer for you and all those who love David. The story of his life is beautiful.

Vikki Kuhn

January 12, 2020

I’m so sorry for your loss!
Dave was a very kind and funny guy.
I haven’t seen him since we graduated together.
Sounds like he had a great life💙
Prayers to the family🙏🏼

Julie Phillips (McKinley)

January 11, 2020

I was very saddened to hear of Dave's passing. I have not seen him since graduation, I think. I have such fond memories of him. He had such a kind heart and a great sense of humor. Always able to make people laugh. He will be truly missed. My condolences to the family as you are all in my thoughts and prayers.🙏🙏

Barbara Thrush

January 11, 2020

I met Dave when he was around 19 years old. He was already a very kind, loving young man. I loved listening to him on the radio! Although I hadn’t seen him in years, I was heartbroken to hear of his passing. Prayers go out to his family.

Holly Gastin

January 11, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and fellow classmates of LHS Class of 1987. I have alot of fond memories with Dave all through grade school at East Elementary School and Logan High School. RIP Dave Starkey. You will be missed.

Melissa (Missy) (Kunkler) Woltz

January 10, 2020

So sorry to learn of David's passing. I have many fond memories of him from high school ... he had an awesome laugh and a very kind heart. Thoughts and prayers for his entire family, friends & fellow classmates of LHS Class of '87 💜

Sharon McCray

January 2, 2020

It was an honor to know and love Dave. He brought so many of us such great joy. He loved his Lord and we take comfort in knowing that he walks with Jesus without pain and illness. While it is hard to bear his loss we will see him again. The force is with him now and forever.