David West

March 7, 1961February 18, 2021

David Scott West

David West, 59, of Tucson, AZ, passed away on February 18, 2021 after a brief illness. David is preceded in death by his parents Leroy and Connie West. He is survived by his wife Melinda, daughter Riley, sons Tyler and Tommy, sister Kelly Whitaker, niece London, and nephew Landon. David was born in Wisconsin and moved to Tucson in 1978. His storytelling and ability to make people laugh will be forever missed.

Donations in his honor are recommended for preventing domestic violence.


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sam hernandez

February 27, 2021

I was shocked and saddened to hear about David's passing.
Although I only had contact with him on my visits to Tucson I
always made time to visit him and the gallery
David and Keith were extremely knowledgable about the articles in the gallery It always proved to be fun and educational.
I always felt that he considered my passion for my specific area of collecting and that when he spent time with me, not so much for sales but as a sharing of the love of the materials.
My sympathy to his friends and family and my visits to Tucson
will be much diminished in joy because pf his passing.

Sam Hernandez

Nancye (Hudgins) Briggs

February 26, 2021

The loss of one so special has really hurt and saddened all who knew and cared for David and his family. This has shocked the entire community of Native American dealers as we ALL lost a great & kind man.
He & I met many years ago at an Indian Art & Textile show. We were still working together as recent as three weeks ago. Always, a true gentleman in each of our transactions when living in AZ and now Texas. David is one who will always be missed with a tug on my heart, as he's the same age as my first born.
My condolences goes to Mindy and each family member. I am so very, very sorry for your loss. Rest gently in God's loving arms, David.
With deepest sympathy, Nancye (Hudgins) Briggs

John Molloy

February 25, 2021

David and I were good friends for more than 30 years, going back to when he began to collect Native American art and when he & Mindy still had Valley Ice, years before Gallery West. In that time, we shared many times together - I never knew him to say an unkind word about anyone, he always did what he said he would do and his word was his bond. A man of honor whose love for his wife and children was always paramount. I miss him not only for his good humor and friendly disposition but also for his generosity and high ethical standards.

Richard Pohrt

February 25, 2021

I first met David in the late 1980's at an Indian art show and sale in Chicago. We hit it off immediately and became fast friends. His energy, curiosity, and knowledge served him well. He became one of the leading dealers in our business. His lively personality and great sense of humor drew people into his orbit. Everybody knew David and David knew everybody. But above all, he was a kind and generous man. He was proud of his children and their accomplishments and often bragged about the goodness of his wife, Mindy. It was my good fortune and great pleasure to have known him and hang out with him over these past thirty plus years. He left us before his time and that is just tragic. He will forever be in my thoughts and memory. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Mindy, Riley, Tyler, and Tommy.
~ Richard Pohrt

Jackie West Mathis

February 24, 2021

David was my cousin on my dads side. My dad and his dad (Uncle Leroy) were brothers. Although they lived far away from us and we didn’t get to visit often I remember David being such a funny person! He had the best personality and such a great sense of humor. I got the privilege of going to stay with Uncle Leroy and Aunt Connie one summer when I was 16 and David came home to visit and he took me across the border into Mexico. I was so impressed by his knowledge and excited that he took time to spend time with me a 16 yr old teenager and he was in his early 20’s, I’m sure he had better things to do, but he took time out of his schedule for me! He was so funny and always smiling! Seemed to have never met a stranger and definitely had the gift to gab!🤣Prayers for his family , he will be missed by many.🙏🏻❤️

Elizabeth Harrington

February 24, 2021

Though I don't recall how or when I first met David years ago, I can't help but remember him as a driven, generous, very funny man for whom everyone liked.

He once told me he started a chupacabra refuge and was the president of the organization. Of course I laughed; he was a jokester. The next day he gave me a hat that read "Save the Chupacabra" on the front. Now, I still don't believe he started a chupacabra sanctuary, but I can't explain where he obtained that hat so easily.

David was always amusing, enjoyed laughing, and was a beloved smart alec.
He was definitely one of a kind and this world will miss his presence.

My condolences to his family, especially his children.