David Roy Stanifer

david stanifer

February 16, 1953 ~ May 6, 2012

Resided in: Pueblo, CO

David Roy Stanifer passed away suddenly. As he lived, so he died-a quiet, humble man. He was a gentle giant with a rapier wit and shy smile, a man of subtle inspiration. Though his voice seldom rose, one felt compelled to heed his clever wisdom. He was both an engineer and an artist, a thinker and rogue, a biker and a baker. Whatever the endeavor, Dave approached it with mindfulness and precision. He lived a life of elegant simplicity.We mourn the passing of this modest man of integrity who earned the respect and regard of his colleagues at the Department of Transportation. As Project Manager he required perfection. His distinguished 30-year career was highlighted by many successful projects. Dave's two true loves in his life were his beautiful daughters, Beth and Sarah. His devotion and pride were ever present to his girls. He was a devoted son, trusted friend, a faithful brother, and a loving uncle. Always the helper in times of need, his burly embrace eased the pain and fear of his loved ones. Dave was not a man of boast or swagger, though he possessed keen intelligence and talent. He was more comfortable in the shadow, content to appreciate the vanity of others and be still in his voice. He was loved by all who knew him as a true and loyal friend. We will all miss his laughter, his crushing hugs, and his counsel. He will live in our hearts forever. Dave was preceded in death by his father, Glenn Stanifer; and his brothers, Jack Stanifer and Rick Stanifer. Dave is survived by his daughters, Beth Stanifer and Sarah Stanifer; his mother, Margaret Stanifer; his brothers, Gary (Kathy) Stanifer, Pat (Brenda Oliver) Stanifer, and Mike Stanifer; and his best friend, Sam Pisciotta. A celebration of Dave's life, 7 p.m. today at The Albany Event Center, 7th and Albany. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. I want to apologize for not contacting the family sooner. I just ran across this notice today. My deepest condolances and sincere sympathy for your loss. Dave was a sweet and kind man.

  2. The Stanifer family holds a special place in my heart. I remember “little brother” Dave as a nine year old, and later as he and Gary rolled and delivered newspapers for their paper routes.
    Such fond memories.
    Love and Blessings, “Nevelyn”

  3. Our condulences go out to the family. Dave was a great man, friend and co-worker. He will be missed by me as he always had something to say and it was usually funny,upbeat,and to the point. I hope for the best for the family.

  4. Mrs. Stanifer, Mike, Gary, Kathy, Pat, Brenda and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one. This is a difficult time for your family. We send our prayers that all your special memories will sustain you at this sad time.
    With sincere sympathy,
    Dr. Gordon, Helen, Jeff, Mark and Kevin Murley

  5. Dave was a gentleman whose steady personality strengthened those around him. I am sorry for your loss.

  6. I have fond memories of the entire Stanifer family which dates back to growing up in the same neighborhood on Pueblo’s north side. I was so saddened to read of Dave’s passing and am so sorry that I was not able to attend the service. My wish to extend my heartfelt sympathy to your entire family. I know he was loved and will be missed. May you feel peace and the love of all those who care for you. Melonie Sheard Housman

  7. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Stanifer Family.

  8. Dear Beth and Sarah, I am so glad I got to meet your dad. I know how special he was from how special you both are. I grieve deeply for your loss. The great love Dave had for you will endure. Please consider my home your home at any time you need it. Much, much love,

  9. We were so sorry to hear about Dave’s passing. He was a great guy with a wonderful sense of humor. We enjoyed the few times we shared with him. May peace be with you all.

  10. My sympathy to the entire Stanifer family.
    I remember Dave from my flower shop days…he was always the quiet gentle giant in the background.
    Sorry for your loss

  11. We were shocked and saddened to hear of Dave’s sudden passing. He was such a nice and funny guy! We enjoyed knowing him in high school. He had such a quick and dry wit about him. We have lost a great person. He will be missed.

  12. Sometimes it’s a little better to travel than to arrive’
    -Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
    Dave, I picture you with a shy smile on your face…your next adventure awaits.
    My deepest condolences to Beth and Sarah, Mike, Mrs. Stanifer and the entire Stanifer family. May prayers and light encompass you all.

  13. Dave’s obituary said it all. Impossible to find a kinder, more humble person than David Stanifer. A great person, raised by great parents, with five great brothers. The Stanifer Family is a Pueblo institution. Dave will be sorely missed.

  14. Goodbye, Dave! My years at CDOT were so enjoyable because of the wonderful friendships that developed among the people working in the Pueblo office which definitely included Dave. He was a real “hoot”!

  15. Dave we all loved you! Your family and friends will miss your gentle heart, jollie laugh and kindiness. Your partner in freezing bugs at grandpa Pearson’s reunions is one of the silly things I remember. I’ll see you later!!

  16. I want to express my deepest condolences to your family. I hope that all your wonderful memories of Dave will be a comfort to you in this time. We are thinking about you here in St. Louis.

  17. Beth & Sarah,
    Your dad was a great man to work with here at CDOT. He was always kind and respectful to all. Break times just haven’t been the same since he retired. You could always count on him completing the daily crossword puzzle which wasn’t an easy task. But he did it with ease and was always the first to get it done. He has and will forever be missed. My heart aches for you and your family.

  18. Our heart felt condolonces to Dave’s family. Laura and I had the pleasure of working with Dave for several years. He was a kind, talented man and he is already greatly missed.

  19. My heartfelt condolences Gary to you and your family in the loss of your Brother David. I lift you all up in prayer to our Beloved Heavenly Father for comfort in this your time of sorrow. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, not only now, but always. I think of you so often and remember the time I stopped by to visit with you at your business and was deeply touched by your kindness. God be with you and your family. Sincerely Sandy Allen

  20. We just heard the sad news and are shocked and saddened for your loss. Who knows why some die so young. Our prayers and sympathy on what must be a terrible loss. Please know you are in our hearts

  21. This is a shock. I’ve known Dave since our times at Centennial High School overlapped. We reconnected in our work at CDOT. It was always a pleasure to see Dave and have lunch with him when he came to Denver on business. His gentle humor made those around him relax in even difficult circumstances. Dave will be missed by all his coworkers, and I send my sincerest condolences to his family, especially his daughters. You are all in my prayers.

  22. A tragic and untimely loss of a great guy, who will be missed by all who knew him. Thank you, Dave, for enriching my life.

  23. Dave was a very special man. We are so saddened to be saying goodbye so soon after his retirement. He will be very much missed. My sincerest condolences.

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