David Rey Garcia

May 24, 1976April 14, 2021

David Rey Garcia, age 44, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. David was born on May 24th, 1976, in Phoenix, Arizona, to Alfred and Esther (Holguin) Garcia. David graduated from South Mountain High School in 1995. After graduation he attended New World School of the Arts University in Miami, Florida, until moving to New York City to pursue his professional dance career. While in New York, he performed on Broadway shows “AIDA”, the position of Asst. Choreographer/Asst. Dance Captain in the Broadway show “FAME on 42nd Street”. David’s television spots include, Across The Universe, VH1s Divas Live and VH1 Fashion Awards, NBC’s Night of Too Many Stars, and a recurring spot on Saturday Night Live. He also worked/performed with Liza Minnelli, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Mya, Anastasia, OK GO, Big Bad Voodoo Daddies, Cirque Ingénue, Kevin Aviance, Gloria Gaynor, Merv Griffin and at the FIFA World Cup in Korea. Between his gigs he bartended at Nowhere Bar NY. He was a member of Actors Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Screen Actors Guild. David taught dance and choreographed at Joffrey Ballet, N.R.G Dance Convention, Koresh Dance Company, University of the Arts, Arizona State University, Temple University, New School of the Arts High School, Metro Arts High School, Xavier Prep High School Dance Team and Chaparral High School Dance Team. David was always looking for more outlets for his talents. He was selected for print ads by iPod, VO5 hair products, Radar Magazine, Star Magazine, US Weekly Magazine and Sketchers Shoes across the world. David traveled extensively, he lived in New Jersey for a short time, he commuted to Philadelphia to teach dance and worked as a Flight attendant for US Airways. He also lived in Los Angeles and toured with Instincts. David moved back to Phoenix in 2009, to take care of his mother, after his father passed away. While in Phoenix, David remained in the professional dance world, until he retired at the age of 36. After his retirement, he continued his passion for dancing, by teaching his experience and expertise to the next generation of performing artist at Centre Stage Dance studio in Scottsdale. In addition to teaching dance, David also worked for Costco, and Valley of the Sun Homecare. In his spare time, he enjoyed cooking, baking with his mom, managing events in his LGBT community and hanging out with his many friends. Those of you who knew David or had the opportunity to meet him, you will never forget David’s incredible smile and his heartfelt, funny personality. David had a beautiful spirit that touched many lives. He was an exceptionally talented and passionate individual that left a lasting impression in the dance world, his family, friends and students. David was an amazing dance teacher, he loved teaching and his students adored him. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. David is survived by his mother Esther Garcia; Brother Alfred Garcia Jr.; 2 Sisters Patricia Chavez (Patti) and Mary David-Garcia (Sugar); David is preceded in death by his Father Alfred Garcia Sr. and Brother Eddie Garcia.

Attention: Do to the COVID 19 and Family request please do not attend physically the Memorial Service is for immediate family only. Thank you for your understanding.

A Memorial Service for David will be held Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 12:30 PM at Resthaven / Carr-Tenney Mortuary & Memorial Gardens, the Service will be Live Stream on Facebook of Resthaven/Carr-Tenney Mortuary please attend the celebration of David's life on line. Thank you.

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15 May

Memorial Service

12:30 pm

Resthaven / Carr-Tenney Mortuary & Memorial Gardens

4310 East Southern Ave
Phoenix, Arizona 85042


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Robin Taylor

May 5, 2021

David...a loss for words for weeks. We left each other with giggles on Sunday April 11th. Something told me to reach out to you that night as I poured my drink to cheers you because you told me you earned your Tequila that day. I thought of you but didn't want to interrupt your night, now I wish I would of. When you didn't show up, Tuesday the 13th I knew something wasn't right. Everything you shared with me, this was completely out of character. I'm beyond words for expressing your short time in my life and our side conversations on allowing me in to your life of who you were. Thank you. You've impacted my world. I wish people knew the you I got to know. What a loss. Such a beautiful human being. Thank you David. I will always remember our intimate conversations. Forever Rocky 🤗

Susan and Kevin Carroll

May 3, 2021

David was an incredible friend and dance partner to my daughter, lynann escatel. He was my daughters first roommate in NYC. Always smiling. An incredible human. Rip david. Love and prayers to the family. Too young to be without you.

Michael Nisen

May 3, 2021

I live in AZ 10 years, I never met someone always so cheerful, friendly, always made people who had a bad day turn around and smile. He was genuinely nice to everyone and was such a great inspiration to his students. I am at such a loss to his passing at such a young age. He will be missed by so many. May he RIP in Heaven always.🙏🙏🌹. I say my prayers for his family.

Jennifer Rogers

May 2, 2021

David meant the world to our daughter who is 7 years old. David was her first ballet teacher. He shared his dance career journey that really stuck with her. To this day, she wants to be a dance teacher like Mr. David. We are so sorry for your loss and we pray every night that Mr. David knows how much he was loved.

Tiffany Garcia

May 2, 2021

David, you were a Beautiful soul! You will be missed dearly! Rest in paradise!

CARI Johnson

April 29, 2021

David, I remember so many stories Stephanie shared about you.. and the first day we met. You were one of the few that accepted me as family. Your smile so vibrant and your laugh infectious. Give Stephanie a hug and kiss from me in heaven and tell her I miss her dearly. May you find peace and happiness on the other side. Cousin cari

Savanna Bridgford

April 28, 2021

David was an immense inspiration of mine from the 1st day I met him at dance auditions in 2013. I remember he was one of the judges on the panel wearing a British-style cap and he intimated me incredibly. Now I look back on our friendship of 8 years and realize how ridiculous it was of me to be scared. I had the opportunity to get to know David as my teacher for 5 years, as my co-worker for 4, but above all, I got to know his beautiful, hilarious and kind soul for 8. I’m so lucky to have had you in my life David! Though I miss you incredibly, I know I will see you again! Rest In Peace, I love you.

Michelle Holguin

April 21, 2021

My dearest David I am great full for the time and memories I have of you and us I will cherish them , I wish I had more time with you. May you Rest In Peace and dance with the angels 😩


Joseph Tarwater

April 20, 2021

I met David when I was 13 years old. He was in my life for over 20 years. When I moved to Phoenix he was the first person I called the second I got to Arizona. He was family to me. Truly one of my best friends. I can still hear his laugh, he was a beautiful soul. I just wish that I got to tell him what a great friend he was to me. I miss every second that I got to spend with him. I feel blessed to have shared these last for years with him. I love you David, I will always think of you. I hope you are at peace and I know I will see you again someday. Rest In Peace.

Michelle Camaya

April 20, 2021

Dear David,
I hold your joy, laughter and constant encouraging in my heart forever! Your talent was a gift that we all benefited and were inspired by. It hurts to know that you’re gone and gone too soon. We all ask why and will always wonder and wish you were still with us. Your love will forever withstand time and I am so lucky to have known and lived life with you to its fullest.
Loving Embrace to Your Spirit ~ Michelle