October 22, 1939 ~ December 25, 2017
Born in: Saginaw, Michigan,
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado
David Arthur Socier, 78, passed away peacefully on December 25, 2017. Survived by sisters, Janet (James) Anzlovar and Sally (Ron) Smith; brothers and sisters-in-law, Willard and Sandra Frizzell and Bob and Alice Amt; numerous nephews and nieces; and special friends, Joe Klune, Tim Simmons, Steve Henson, Judy Hildner, Larry Lopez, Joe Cervi, Joe Folda, Jack Pecararo , Mike Darcy, Tony Steflik, and Merilee Krasovec. Preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Socier; parents; and sister, Barbara Lemoyne. David was born to Arthur and Caroline Socier on October 22, 1939, in Saginaw, Michigan, graduated from Pueblo Catholic High School in 1957, and the University of Colorado in 1961. He was a sportswriter for the Pueblo Chieftain from 1968 - 2005, covering southern Colorado high school , CSU-Pueblo, and Denver Broncos sporting activities. His column, Dr. Know, was read and enjoyed by many. Dave was inducted into the Pueblo Sports Hall of Fame in 1963, and was a member of the Selection Committee for the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Joyce, enjoyed traveling to Europe, Aruba, and Key West. David also enjoyed all sports, reading and theatre. Special thank you to these people at the Pueblo Regent: Lance and Jennifer Burdick, Ronnie Owens, and Cecilia Huston. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Celebration of Life, 11a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in the Montgomery & Steward Banquet Hall. Memorials may be made to the PCC Foundation - Dave and Joyce Socier Scholarship, 900 W. Orman Ave., Pueblo, CO 81004. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com.
Mr Dave S. was a special man.. Gentle. Well Liked and caring. So sorry to hear of his passing..Condolences to his family. The Pueblo community and the Pueblo sports scene lost a very respected gentleman much to soon….At peace Mr D.S.
The movie It’s A Wonderful Life” is a holiday tradition for many families. It concludes with a message from George Bailey’s guardian angel, “No man is a failure who has friends.” This definitely is applicable to Dave. What a sincere man he was, witty, clever, a joy to know, a gifted journalist, a true friend. My life is more rich because of him. RIP Dave aka “Dr. Know.”
So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. Although tennis is not considered a major sport, Dave always did an excellent job of covering it for the Chieftain. He was a great guy who will be missed by those who knew him. My condolences to his family.
A valued friend of the Simmons family and I was honored to serve as his best man at his wedding to Joyce in 1973. More importantly, “Sosh” played a big part in the sporting history of Pueblo and southeastern Colorado as a “scribe”! He covered a lot of great sporting figures in the Steel City and southeastern Colorado. He approached his work with great enthusiasm and once told me that there was a great story for every game he covered and with every interview he conducted pre- or post-game. I knew “Sosh” for seven decades since his days attending Pueblo CC. There was never a dull moment with “Sosh”. I know now that “Sosh” will be in heaven with my mom and dad with the “Chief” telling him thanks for saying a few kind words about him at his memorial service during the 1990 “final four” in Denver. “Sosh” was a true believer in Pueblo and southeastern Colorado. He will be missed. As we celebrate on this special day, I shed a tear for “Sosh” passing, but know that he enters heaven with a lot of friend waiting to welcome him. RIP Mr. Socier from a good friend and colleague.
Dave was part of my breakfast for many years at work. Could not start my day with either peeing pissed off at one of his stories or loved what he wrote that day. Either way, I looked forward to reading his stories and column. I was sad when he retired and now sadder because of his passing. He was great for Pueblo and was a great ambassador for our high schools and CSU-P or SCSC or USC. Rest in peace my friend and thanks for the memories.
Like the many thousands who played high school sports in Pueblo, Dave was a fixture for and the pulse of Pueblo sports. It was a big deal to get exposure in his coverage and a special treat to get highlighted in one of his articles. I can only imagine how many scrapbooks exist with Dave Socier authored pieces. It is neat that his legacy lives on through his words. He was a great fit for the role of sportswriter in a town where rivalries and history are so important to the many families who played or had attachement to a team. It was fun to get up and read the Chieftain to see what he had written about you or your team……but did not always leave you warm and fuzzy. He was a character and firmly backed what he had written which always opened the opportunity for some fun debates.
It was also fun to just chat with Dave over the years during those HS times and after. I am glad that I was able to get to know Dave and will always think of him as ionic when it came to Pueblo sports thought the 70’s and 80’s.
David treated me and the Bulldog Nation very fairly over the years. Enjoyed his many articles. He had a unique style of writing that at first you thought he was confrontational but once you got to know and understand he was all for Pueblo. RIP, my good friend. Coach Brockman