David Colvin Obituary, Death – We regret to inform you about David Allen Colvin’s passing. Following a brief fight with renal failure, David passed away on March 12 at the Kimberley Special Care Home. Jack Colvin, David’s father, passed away in 1982, and Olive (Ryckman) Colvin, his mother, passed away in 2000.
His granddaughter Lori Jessica Gunderson of High Prairie and his grandchildren Ivan, Gavan, Jacee, Kaidan, Korban, and Logan continue to live. He is survived by his sister Linda Clive (Steve), his nephews Michael and Rob Topping, aunts Joan Bannister and Phyliss Ryckman, and a number of cousins. At the age of three months, David, who was born in Penticton, was adopted by Olive and Jack Colvin as their beloved son and Linda’s younger sibling.
David is a natural-born athlete who was raised in Kimberley. Many people in the community will call him “Duke.” Although an excellent hockey player, his main love was baseball. He was selected to play for a major league farm team because he was an excellent pitcher. Unfortunately, it was also at this time that Dave was diagnosed with the terrible illness of schizophrenia, which he battled for a very long time. After receiving the proper diagnosis and treatment, David moved into Hermosa House in Cranbrook in 2001 and started living there.
After Hermosa closed in 2013, David moved to Axis Place where he lived life on his terms, free to be himself, form his own opinions, and do his own thing. Dave had always loved hiking, fishing, singing, playing the guitar, watching sports on TV, and his favorite hiking spot was Cranbrook.
He covered many miles each day. His favorite eatery was Denny’s, and he always preferred the T-bone steak when I was the buyer! David has a good and courageous soul. He showed courtesy, deference, and humor all the way through. Dave, I’m hoping there’s a competitive baseball league there. I’m sure you’ll make the All-Star team!