OBITUARY

David John Showerman

August 12, 1961April 14, 2021

“. . .And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” Hebrews 12:1

David John Showerman, beloved husband, son, father, brother, uncle, cousin and friend, lost his 9-year battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) on April 14th, 2021. He thus embarked on the last of his many earthly journeys and made his way home to begin eternity with his Heavenly Father.

David was diagnosed with ALS in 2012, after experiencing symptoms that confused many doctors and therapists. Once he understood what he faced, he became a tireless fighter in the cause to raise awareness of ALS and generate funding for research and treatment that could help find a cure for the disease. He met with leaders across the spectrums of medicine, business and government seeking action on ALS funding. He once remarked after a meeting in Arizona with Senator John McCain, a friendly rival from the United States Naval Academy, that he thought there was real hope that he had pushed the cause forward. Indeed he had. As a recognized public speaker on the impacts of the disease, he was asked to be the keynote speaker for the Arizona Chapter of the ALS Association at their annual Bite Nite fundraiser in 2017. As a member of the association’s board, his mission was to not only help find a cure, but to raise money for other ALS patients that did not have the resources or insurance available to them to receive the necessary care. On that particular night, he helped raise record amounts of funding to fight the disease and to help scores of others who suffered from ALS.

Born in Howell, MI on August 12, 1961, David was exceptionally active as a young boy. He often thought of himself as a “great outdoorsman,” especially as he led his siblings and friends through nearby woods, in building forts, camping in the pines, trapping muskrats, and raising steer for 4H, of which he was exceptionally proud. During his high school years, he enjoyed spending time with his friends, participating in musicals, and demonstrating his athletic ability while playing football and pole-vaulting on the track team.

Perhaps it was in part his love of the outdoors, but certainly his gift of leadership, that led David to leave his home in Frankenmuth, Michigan, after high school, and enroll in the United States Military Academy. Appointed by Congressman Bob Traxler, who commented, “I am delighted to appoint someone as outstanding as David to West Point. I am confident that David will carry on the best traditions of the military and be a credit to his community and his country.” Truer words could not have been spoken. Amongst the arriving “New Cadets” David stood apart, with his ramrod straight posture and his good-natured ability to endure the “hazing” rituals while lifting up those of his new classmates who were struggling.

West Point’s mission is to educate, train, and inspire “Leaders of Character.” The institution was certainly successful in the case of David. He excelled there academically, athletically, and militarily; so much so that he was one of only two cadets in his company selected to be the Cadet Captain and Company Commander of his unit during his senior year.

Upon graduation from West Point in 1984, David was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant of Infantry in the United States Army. Thus he began his career of exemplary service to the nation. He successfully completed the Army’s rigorous Infantry Officer’s Course, Airborne School, and the Mortar Platoon Leader Course. He was assigned as Platoon Leader in the 25th Infantry “Tropic Lightning” Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He quickly became a well-respected and loved leader of soldiers, many of whom remained in contact with him for decades to come.

This period also marked the beginning of David’s life-long love of the ocean and fascination with the Hawaiian Islands, Hawaiian culture and the Hawaiian people. He frequently returned to Hawaii after his Army service there ended, often with family and friends. It was a place that seemed to provide nourishment, happiness, and a sense of peace to David. Shortly after his diagnosis on a visit to Honolulu in 2012, with his beloved wife Tricia and many friends, David stood watching the last blues fading on the waves at Lanikai Beach and said, “The sea and sky are ours. My friends are sun and storm. I am home here.”

After completing his active-duty service obligation, David continued to serve in the Army Reserves, from which he proudly retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2007. While in the Reserves, he also enrolled in and ultimately graduated from one of the nation’s finest business schools, the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, from which he received a Master’s Degree in Business administration in 1991. The same attributes that made him so successful in the military also carried David to great success in the business world. He worked for many years in the telecommunications industry, with his last position being in Corporate Real Estate for Level 3 Communications, then the world’s largest competitive local exchange carrier and the third largest provider of internet access in the United States. He was often recognized by colleagues and throughout the industry as “absolutely brilliant” and “incredibly resourceful.” He continued in this demanding role, driving performance and delivering results, even as ALS drained his strength and mobility.

After his diagnosis, David became even more articulate and passionate about his priorities, beliefs, and goals. He was a patriot who spoke often of his hopes for our Nation, even as it sank into the chaos of a pandemic. He would always stand with pride and salute as the National Anthem was played, even as he struggled to stand and even when he no longer had the strength or ability to lift his arms.

David spoke with deep love and devotion for his children in whom he had so much pride and for whom he always had so much hope. He always supported his kids and their efforts in whatever path they chose for their lives. He enjoyed watching basketball and playing board games with them, while sharing his favorite “go-to” meal – pizza. He spoke often of his love for his family, many of whom rallied around him in his final days, to offer encouragement, prayers, support, and love. He spoke particularly of his passionate love for and devotion to his wife Tricia. Married on January 12, 2008, David often recounted how he only wished he had met her sooner; his love, and gratitude, for her never wavered.

David frequently testified to others that it was his relationship with God that guided him and gave him strength and courage throughout his life, especially during his 9-year battle with ALS. He also found much peace and joy listening and dancing to all kinds of music, especially in his last few years of life.

A guiding theme throughout David’s life was that people mattered. Relationships mattered. He strived to nurture the relationships he had with his wife, his children, his family and his friends – even strangers, who weren’t strangers for long. He reveled in the long friendships that sustained him throughout his life. His loyalty and devotion to his friends were often a guiding force in his outlook on life. A glance back and one can still see David’s sly smile and hear his witty responses and infectious laughter as he shared his love with those lucky enough to be called his friends.

David will be remembered as a tremendously kind, generous, loving man who truly saw the goodness and beauty in everyone as he looked at others through a lens of grace and understanding. His courage and strength during his battle with ALS inspired many – both those who knew him well and those who were never blessed with the opportunity to meet him at all. His acceptance and love for humanity only grew as he progressed in his disease. He reminded us often, “It is really quite simple. Love God. Love others. That’s it.”

David is survived by his beloved wife, Tricia, and his 4 lovely children: Paige, Claire, Nathan and Peter; his parents Ralph and Kathie Showerman; his siblings, Lynn, Brian, Scott, and Amy; and so many friends and relatives from all over the country.

A celebration of life will be held at McDowell Mountain Community Church in Scottsdale, AZ on May 21, 2021 @ 11:00 AM. https://mcdowell.church/

It was David’s wish that any memorial tributes be made in the form of charitable donations to the AZ ALSA Chapter or to the ALS Therapy Development Institute in his honor.

https://www.als.org/arizona

https://www.als.net/

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, May 21, 2021

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Johnny Lambert

May 21, 2021

I never knew Dave at school, but came to know him at the Basic Course at Ft Benning, GA. I then lived with Dave when we were both Lieutenants in the 1st Brigade of the 25th ID, Schofield Barracks, HI from Feb 1985 until I was married in June 1986 (Dave was a groomsman in my wedding) . We lived in Mililani "off post" at 95-857 Makaunulau. We had fun with that name and in that place. We deployed together, broke break together, went to the field (the Kahukus on Oahu and Pohakaloa on the Big Island) together and spent a lot of weekends (when not deployed) at the North Shore beaches on Oahu. We went our separate ways after leaving Hawaii but I always could count on Dave to be there with a joke, a smile, a idea (some of which led to trouble.....hey Johnny, let's go do "XYZ") but there was never a doubt in my mind that he was a man of high moral character, Christ-centered and God fearing. Our loss is Heaven's gain. God bless you Dave as you live free of pain for eternity! I'll see you some day on the other side of the Jordan! Johnny (and Kirsten) Lambert

Thomas Ayres

May 10, 2021

All of my memories of Dave are full of fun, laughter and his calm approach to life.
Dave and I were plebes together in D-1. Go Ducks. I recall Dave and I being assigned to deliver the papers together as our first duty. I was an emotional wreck but Dave said - we can figure this out. We were done so fast, he said we needed to go help the guys who were delivering laundry. Of course, I followed him into that maelstrom.
In the same platoon, his room was next to mine freshman year. It was always good to have Dave as my neighbor and friend.
At our five year reunion we re-connected. Ben Posey, Dave and I and our dates took the half-used and extra bottles of wine off others' tables and drank on The Plain late into the night. There is a hole in the Long Grey Line. You will be missed ...and remembered... until we meet again my friend.
Tom Ayres, MG(R), USA

Francine & Michael Tarnow

May 5, 2021

We were introduced to David by our friends, Danielle and Chris. The impression and the impact he made will last forever. We had him over for dinner and he was the life of the party! He said with such passion "I'm the luckiest man alive" even though he was battling a disease he knew would end his life. I will keep this memory in my heart and carry it with me for the rest of my life. I hope and pray you are at peace David and are running free in heaven. To his wife Tricia, you are one of the bravest people I know, and I will pray for your peace of mind.
Love,

Francine & Michael Tarnow

Tylor Tang

May 4, 2021

Although I only got to know David in his last three months of life, they were the most impactful three months of my life thus far. The pure love he had for life and humanity was so beautiful to witness and experience. Our meeting was nothing short of divine intervention and I know one day I’ll get to see you again. Thank you David, and thank you Tricia and family for allowing me to help walk David home. My love goes out to you all, always.

With my deepest condolences,
Tylor

Den & barb Sauers

May 4, 2021

Showerman family
We send all our love and prayers to you at this time. David must have lived a wonderful and meaningful life!we have so many great memories of your family hope to see you again
David rip with love your old friends
The sauers family

Louie Genix

May 3, 2021

I am heartbroken 💔.
My early childhood was spent with David as one of my closest friends. Playing cowboys and Indians in the Pines with his brother Brian and my brother Joe. Being in Boy Scouts together. And my last adventure with David was running my first 10k race with him in 1983, followed up with a night on the town with he and his former high school friends.
I am proud to have called such a great man a friend. A life long friend. I will miss you David.
R.I.P. My Friend.

Ralph Showerman

May 3, 2021

II Timothy 4: 7-8 says, “ I have fought the good fight, I finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness , which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day— and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing. “ We will be eternally grateful for the privilege that God gave us in being David’s parents. God has now called him to his heavenly home. We thank all who have shared words of comfort and encouragement during this time. We have the confidence that we will see David in heaven again. Blessings to all, Ralph and Kathie Showerman.

Joni Sauers

May 2, 2021

What fun memories I have of your family! David's energy I can still feel, he was that magnetic! Please know that many grieve with you all and send our very best 💜

Susan (Shoemaker) Strickland

May 1, 2021

Dear Showerman Family,
What a full and rich life David led, a fighter to the very end. His legacy will live on and touch others more than you will ever know. My deepest sympathy and condolences.

Jolynn Tobinski

May 1, 2021

A very moving and beautiful tribute to David. I’m so touched at his exemplary life even through the fight of his life. My condolences to you Tricia and can clearly see the devotion and love the two of you shared. I’m so sorry for this profound loss💙🙏
Blessings during this time of grief
JoLynn Tobinski

FROM THE FAMILY