OBITUARY

David Eugene Dillard Jr.

April 24, 1987April 12, 2020

With deepest sorrow, we regretfully announce the untimely passing of our beloved, David Eugene Dillard, Jr., loving father, son and brother on Sunday, April 12th,2020. David Eugene Dillard, Jr., born on April 24th, 1987 in Silver Spring, Maryland, to David & Carmen Dillard, and raised in Clinton, Maryland. David was intelligent and took on many challenges, including graduating in 2004 from East Lake High School one year early. David earned his Associates of Arts in 2015 from St. Petersburg College and was working towards his Bachelor's Degree in Health Management from University of Wisconsin . David and Audrey Williams welcomed the birth of their daughter Hailee Jean Dillard on Oct. 15th, 2010. David and Audrey would marry on May 17th, 2014 and continued to raise Hailee together. David was a devoted father, he loved and cherished his daughter Hailee. David considered Hailee, a gift from God. David's family and friends love him dearly and he will be tremendously missed. David Eugene Dillard, Jr., is survived by his parents David Sr. and Carmen Dillard. His grandparents Gilberto and Josephine Otero. His wife Audrey Dillard, daughter Hailee Dillard, and stepson Chris Williams. His siblings Mikey and Carmen Dillard. His niece and nephew Deliana and Luis Rivera. His aunts and uncles, Laurie and Gil Otero, Lisey and George Otero, Sherry Otero, Debbie and Don Brooks, Melanie and Michael Dillard. As well as 11 cousins and numerous friends. David suffered from mental illness and struggled daily like millions of people. There is HELP, and no one should ever feel ashamed to ask. Please reach out and talk to family, friends, or to the organizations and professionals who are trained to help you. You are never alone. Nami.org - National Alliance on Mental Illness https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ “Suicidal thoughts are a symptom, just like any other — they can be treated, and they can improve over time. " We can all help prevent suicide

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Gina Governale

April 19, 2020

Outside of (blood) family, you were my absolute favorite person in the world. The one who I could ALWAYS be myself around, trust with all of my secrets and you'd still be there. It's impossible to narrow down just one memory to share as we have no shortage of them. What keeps coming to mind are our surprises. We would make it a point to surprise each other when one would visit the other. The time you hid in Ashley's trunk then popped out when she asked me to help her with something, punk! :) You couldn't have been more pleased with yourself at my reaction. We laughed until we cried, like we did a lot - usually at one another's expense! This photo of us is the most recent I have, I surprised you for your birthday in 2017. The laughs, the tears and everything in between, I will miss every day. You truly took a piece of me when you left. Fly high my sweet angel, you have some special people to watch over.
Love, G

Sarah Babson

April 17, 2020

David ,

The first time I remember seeing you was at a house party, we had only crossed paths . Then next I met Mikey and I was welcomed into your family as if I was their own .
You were like a brother to me for many years , sharing many memories, and laughs. I’ll never forget when you became a father . This was my proudest memory yet, and I think yours too. I’ll never forget the one time we saw each other at round up During a rough time - you smiled your big smile , picked me up and told me You guys would always be there for me and to never forget I was always a sister . I hadn’t talked to you guys in a few years . But , my heart is still broken for you and your family . I have been thinking about you and your family non stop . I know you are at peace and looking down on Hailee, mama Carmen, Dave, little Carmen, and Mikey, and the whole dillard/ otero crew .

I’m praying for you guys everyday.

Always in my prayers ,

Sarah

Carmen (Mom) Dillard

April 17, 2020

My son from the moment you were conceived I loved you. Through you I learned to love unconditionally. God is the only one that will ever know how much I love you. After all you two are the only ones that know what my heart sounds like from the inside. Today my heart is rapidly beating knowing I am still here and you have gone ahead of me. I can only imagine what your eyes see now that you are home with our Lord. My heart is at peace as I see you smiling down upon me. I will never forget the moment our eyes met and the moment I held you in my arms. I loved you then, I love you now and I'll love you forever.

2 Corinthians 4.16-18
We do not lose heart, because our inner being is renewed each day even though our body is being destroyed at the same time. The present burden of our trial is light enough, and earns for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. We do not fix our gaze on what is seen but on what is unseen. What is seen is transitory; What is unseen last forever.

Pam Bowker

April 17, 2020

David,

I only knew you a short time, but your passing has impacted me so much. I knew from the moment I met you how fiercely you loved Hailee and Audrey. I knew you were a good person with a huge heart. You will be missed and loved. Fly high with the Angel's and keep watch over your family.

Linda Ciccone

April 16, 2020

Sincere condolences to my Aunt, Uncle, my cousin Carmen and her family. You are in my thoughts and prayers today and always.

Victoria(Tori) Carleton

April 16, 2020

David, david, david...

You and I went through a lot of ups and downs! More ups than downs. 😉 We had so much fun together. We could just sit next to each other for hours and not even talk. The company was enough. You were my biggest cheerleader and i’m not saying that because we were actually on the same cheerleading team LOL, but in life, you routed for me so hard to be a better person! And I did the same for you! Even though you were already there. Smart, funny, charming, SUCH A BEAUTIFUL HEART. You were truly an amazing person. I just wished YOU could have seen that more clear. We kept in touch the past couple of years, but could never get around to meeting up with each other or meeting each other’s daughter’s. We would talk about it almost every month that passed. It never happened😔 BUT... it makes me so happy that when I heard of your passing. I at first, was in shock. The tears started flowing. My daughter who is now 6 years old asked why I was crying. I told her my friend David passed away. Her response, “David Dillard?” And then I smiled! Even though she never got to meet you, she knew about you. Because after so many years, you have always held a special place in my heart. I would talk of you often, so it’s no wonder she knew who I was talking about. I looked up to you so much, in so many ways. You had an amazing heart and your immense love for your family is what really brought me close to you! Because as we all know, family is everything. You would have done absolutely anything for your family. Your siblings had such a great protector in you and they STILL do. Just in a different way now. Big Carmen and Dave, Mikey and Carmen, please know he is still here. He is still with you. Even after he is gone, I know, he is finding his way to shine light over all of you. I love you all. ♥️

Love,
Tori

Audrey Williams-Dillard

April 16, 2020

Dave,
#You had me from hello# for 13 years from dating, bringing Our beautiful daughter into this world, becoming husband wife, and being best friends at times and worst enemies at others , you were always loved and truly my soul mate, I promise to always take of Hailee to the best of my ability, make sure she becomes as great and smart as you were (she kinda is already lol) and let your memory live through her every day! Please watch over her! She #loves you to the moon and back# I love you, you will forever be in our hearts and we will always remember the good times and mostly your vivacious smile that lit up a room, and your smarty Pants jokes you always had to make us laugh! Rest in my paradise, and rest peacefully! #until we meet again# Love Audrey, Hailee(Punkin), and Chris.

Clara Diaz

April 16, 2020

Beautiful, talented, loving, kind David, my great nephew. Our families are distant, but I thank God for the time Jose and I were able to spend at your parents house. We took over your bedroom and you said nothing. For that we are grateful. That smile, oh that beautiful bright smile just lit up a room. I can't say that while we were in Florida, I didn't see you smile. God be with my niece Carmen, David, Mikey, Carmen the Otero and Dillard families. It's such a great loss for us all.
Praying you are resting easy.

Much love, Titi Clara & Jose.

Amanda Dilda

April 16, 2020

Shock is turning into emptiness. There's a new spot missing from my heart. Its the part I gave to you. You were my FIRST friend, we spent most of our childhood in each other's back yards, most holidays together growing up, we would go on camping trips and vacation at Solomon's island or kings dominion together, my grandmother is your god mother and your grandmother is my god mother, our parents grew up together and were best friends, our grandfather's were stationed at the same military base...
There is a piece/side of me ONLY you knew, and you took it with you. Words can not express the loss I feel. I can only imagine what the rest of the family is going through. You were a good one, David Dillard. Closer than a best friend, you were my family. You and Mikey, and Carmen, your parents, uncles, and grandparents are ALL still merged with mine.
I sat and cried for 2 hours with both our grandmothers that morning at Mrs. O.T's house.
I wish you could have believed us and ACTUALLY SEE how much we all cared and loved you.
I will always love you, cuz.
I missed you before you left.

Michael Dillard

April 16, 2020

Nephew, you will be dearly missed! I'll always remember the last time we were together, New Year's Eve out at the beach. We laughed and had such a wonderful time! If I had any idea that would have been the last time I would see you, I would have spent more time there with you! I miss you already so much and just can't believe you're gone! But it's only physical, because I know you will always be with us spiritually and looking down over all of us! I love you David! RIP buddy!

FROM THE FAMILY

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