David Balbirona

October 15, 1968August 19, 2010

David Lee Balbirona, age 41, of Lake Stevens, WA, died Thursday, August 19, in a tragic accident on Lake Stevens. David was born October 15, 1968, in Panorama City, CA, to Hugh and Judy Lambert. This marriage was soon dissolved and Judy remarried in 1971 to Jess Balbirona, who later adopted David as his own son. David’s parents relocated to Gig Harbor where he graduated from Peninsula High School in 1986. He earned an associate’s degree from Pierce College and attended Western Washington University. David married LeeAnn Hittle on September 2, 1994, at University Presbyterian Church, Seattle WA. He was employed by Microsoft Corporation in the data storage management team and was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church of Lake Stevens. For several summers he worked at CYO youth camps teaching archery. During college, he joined the medieval history re-enactment group, the Society for Creative Anachronism, where he earned a reputation as an enthusiast of archery, crossbows and rapier fencing. He was an excellent woodworker, having learned the skills from his father, Jess, and made his own crossbows, bows and arrows. Later he took up Taekwondo and golf, excelling in both, but his passion for individual achievement in sport really bloomed with rowing, which he took up in June 2009. He was a member of the Lake Stevens Rowing Club and truly enjoyed the camaraderie as well as rowing on beautiful Lake Stevens. He spent many hours as a volunteer helping to build Holy Cross Catholic Church and was frequently called upon as a handyman or to provide technical support in every community he belonged to. It pleased him greatly to find ways to be of service to others and happily went the extra mile. David was a devoted husband to his wife, LeeAnn, and a beloved father to their four children: Fiona, Helena, Elspeth and Ewan. He is also survived by his sister, Karen Harding, of Citrus Heights, CA, her husband Michael and son Anthony. Visitation will be held at Bauer Funeral Chapel Thursday, August 26 from 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Snohomish on Friday August 27, 2010 at 11:00 AM, followed by reception at the church. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Holy Cross Catholic Church Building Fund.

Arrangements under the direction of Bauer Funeral Chapel, Snohomish, WA.


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August 28, 2010

Dear LeeAnn and family,

I only know you through an online homeschooling forum, but I wanted to let you know that you have been in my prayers. I am so very sorry for your loss and as I viewed the slideshow, I could just see the love that your husband gave you.

Please know you will all continue to be in our prayers. May you feel the presence of God very, very near you.

Much love,
Maria Peceli and family

Samantha Wilk

August 27, 2010

i heard about this ...and i didnt think it was your family until i say it in the paper! i feel really sorry and i wanted you to know it !! this is going to LeeAnn,Fiona,Helens,Ellie and booboo!!!......if u ever need anything u can just call us!!....
samantha wilk (sammy)

Dave Schultz

August 27, 2010

I was blessed to know Dave over the last year and a half since he started rowing. My son and I went out with him a couple times rowing, and he and I spent many hours working together on club equipment. He was always a joy to be around. Dave always talked about LeAnne and his kids. I could tell he loved them deeply. Dave was certainly a life giver to everyone around him and will be missed greatly. There is no doubt he is looking down on us right now from Heaven.

August 27, 2010

LeeAnn, Fiona, Helena, Eli, and Ewan. I am so sorry for your loss of your husband/father. He truly was a wonderful caring man. He will always watch over you from his new home in heaven. Peace and Love. Irene Clough

Bob & Martha Christiano

August 27, 2010

Though we never met him, we heard many wonderful things about him and his family from Sheila and Walt (my brother). We are sorry for your loss, and regret that we never had the opportunity to meet him in person this side of heaven.

Simone Kelly

August 26, 2010

While the world lost a good man, heaven welcomed him with much rejoicing. I am still in shock myself. Dave has a reserved spot in my heart from our younger days. I am sure he will be deeply missed by his wife, kids and friends. He is and always will be a special person. I look forward to running into him in heaven.

Lynn Nold Barashkoff

August 26, 2010

I worked with Dave at CYO summer camp. He was a great counselor and worked hard with the campers. God bless you all during your sorrow. He touched many lives and will be missed.

Catherine Anderson

August 26, 2010

May our Lord surround you with His immense love, giving you strength as you journey forward from this terrible loss. Jude and I extend our deepest sympathy, and keep you and your family in our prayers.

Paul Rodvik

August 26, 2010

I sat next to David in the GNOC for two years. He was such a decent fellow to know. Smart, and got ALL my jokes :). We were just out on Lake Stevens two days prior too. So sad this happened, so glad to have had time with David though, even though for two years I never could get his last name to not be Balboa in my head !

Karen Harding

August 25, 2010

I could not be any more proud of my little brother and the wonderful man that he bacame. During our recent visit, it was so very obvious that David was in a beautiful place in his life. He had a great job, at which he was very talented. Many interests which he was involved in, More importantly, he had a family which he cherished with every ounce of his being. David, I will miss you forever. LeeAnn, Fiona, Helena, Ellie and Ewan, I am so sorry that we have to continue on without him. Know that we love you all.
Karen, Michael and Anthony