David Clive Isom, Jr, age 46, lost his life on January 5, 2012, after being struck by a truck while he and his wife Anna were riding their bicycles. David was an avid cyclist and a true advocate for following safe bicycle practices. As a result of this tragedy, his family is hopeful that all motorists will strive to be more aware and respectful of cyclists.
David was born and raised in Amarillo, Texas. He graduated from Amarillo High School in 1983 and attended Amarillo College where he studied commercial electronics.
Davidâ€™s technical expertise contributed to his long-time employment with Texas Panhandle Centers where he worked for 21 years. He began his career as a maintenance mechanic in charge of electrical, heating and air conditioning, fabrication and remodeling. His strong work ethic and leadership qualities led to his rapid promotion to a supervisory position. In 2010, he accepted the position of Director of Maintenance and Safety.
David loved working with his hands and could create or repair most anything. He spent many hours in his shop (also known as the Monster Garage) where he housed his vast collection of tools, die cast model cars and hot rod posters. His most prized possessions were restoration projects which included a 1969 Pontiac Firebird and a 1940s Hiawatha bicycle. David customized many items with flames (even his lawn sprinkler) and most of his t-shirts, hats, and cycling jerseys were adorned with â€śhot fire.â€ť
Davidâ€™s strong religious upbringing and personal relationship with God were reflected in his unconditional love for others. During his elementary years, he joined the choir and singing became a lifelong love shared with his twin brothers. They enjoyed worshipping through song and especially loved singing trios. For much of his life, David attended Valleyview Church of the Nazarene and was most recently a member of Westcliff Bible Church.
David set high expectations for himself. He believed in individual accountability and never asked of others what he was not willing to do himself. He was described as â€śsalt of the earthâ€ť and was quiet, gentle, kind, and forgiving. He lived life to the fullest and daily reminded his wife of his happiness. Children and animals were immediately drawn to David. To children and his family he was always â€śUncle Dave.â€ť
David was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Emery and Noma Neff and his maternal grandparents W.P. and Bessie Isom.
Survivors include his wife and soul mate of 20 years, Anna Isom, and their beloved dog, Eddie; his beloved parents, Karon and David Isom; his brother, Danny Isom, his wife Leanne and their children Josiah, Jayden and Adyson; his brother, Tommy Isom, his wife Kim and their children Haley and Haven; his parents in-law, Judy and Bruce Nusbaum and Chris and Patty Isensee; and his sister in-law, Beth Welsh, her husband Jack and their daughter Jacquelyn. David had special relationships with his aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was blessed to have wonderful friendships with his church family, work family, cycling buddies, and hotrod pals.
In lieu of flowers, David requested that memorial donations be made to: Texas Panhandle Centers, Share the Road, or Westcliff Bible Church. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Westcliff Bible Church. David was a blessing to those who knew him. His death is this worldâ€™s loss but Heavenâ€™s gain.