David Van Dyken rose on the wings of the morning, Sunday, July 26, on his father’s birthday, to meet his parents, ancestors and friends who preceded him heavenward. He died of COVID-19 after a brief stay at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Stockton, California.
David is a native of Ripon, California. He suffered from cerebral palsy his entire life, despite relentless efforts by his parents to make progress against it. For the past several decades David resided at Riverwood Healthcare Center in Stockton, where he was loved by staff and his neighbors there alike. When a resident would wander outside, he was known to chase them in his electric wheelchair to assure they didn’t get into trouble. During birthday and Christmas celebrations, he enjoyed showering them with favors and gifts.
David loved Jesus, his parents, his family, his friends, and his beloved Dallas Cowboys, a source of great needling from his Seahawks family. Confined to a wheelchair since age 40, he showed us sweet acceptance, always a smile, a chuckle and a rascally sense of humor with inside jokes for everyone within his universe.
David is finally free of the shackles that bound him for 73 years here on earth. Yet, he is sorely missed by his brother Roger (Marlene) Van Dyken, Lynden, and sisters Marylee (Dale) Bell, Scottsdale, AZ; Cynthia (John) Ward, Klaipeda, Lithuania; Connie (JC) Hoag, Lynden; Laurel (Charles) Rossi, Everson; his Aunt Nell Van Wyk (Jim) Gerber, Modesto, CA; and a host of nephews, nieces and cousins who loved Uncle David unconditionally and deeply. He is being greeted by his parents and lifetime boosters Sam and Angelina Van Dyken.
To all who knew and loved him, David would smile broadly and say, as he always did, “Bubbye!”