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Life Story / Obituary
David Eric Teater. David loved his wife, family and friends more than anything. Close second was video games, biking, music, food, Patriots, U of M, adventuring, crazy hats and generally having fun. Born in the late 70s to his mother, Janet, his Dad, Chet and Sister, Luanne. From an early age David wasn’t afraid to make his wishes known. Loved playin sports, fishing and exploring all over the country.
When he was very young he had a fascination with trains. His Grandpa and Grandma Sharpe lived next to a train track. Couldn’t have been better as far as David was concerned. Thought he was in Heaven when his Dad arranged for him to drive a real train engine.
Occasionally he was Superman, Bat Man or other Super Heroes but in the 80s he became increasingly upset with his parents because they hadn’t named him Luke. A Star Wars nut, he was always “Light Sabering”. It didn’t matter if it was a stick in the woods, an ice cycle or anything long and skinny, Luke was always fighting Darth and the “Dark Side”.
David camped, fished and explored all over the US. From the East coast to the West, he went to those places exploring the world as he grew up. Really loved the West, particularly Crater Lake, Oregon. Said he had the best breakfast of his life on the rim of Crater Lake, with his Dad and Mom, Chet and Cindy. Rock climbed in Seneca Rocks, WV, canoed and camped in the Boundary Waters, MN, camped and fished in Green River Lakes by Square Top Mountain in WY, road horses in Yosemite Valley, CA, Helicoptered to Mt. Saint Helens, WA, almost bought it from a boulder on a glacier on Mt. Rainer, WA, preformed the “Crane Move” kicking the Pacific waves in Olympic Park, WA. He was an adventurer.
Dave was an early adopter of the computer world. Played video games and programmed computers at an early age. His parents spent thousands of dollars teaching him how to play video games. Occasionally he was a bit over zealous with his programming. Like the time he reprogrammed a school program to display some not so appropriate words. A week off for that one.
Said he had learned from his Dad to have a variety of friends. David had friends of all ages and from all aspects of life. He did not discriminate. Black, White, Gay, Straight, Rich, Poor, Democrat, Republican (well, best not push it). Wouldn’t hesitate to tell people what he thought, (called it “Keepin it real”) but enjoyed each and every one.
David put up a tough fight with cancer. Always showing a tough face not wanting his family and friends to see him in his situation. But missed them dearly. Fortunately, they were able to get some quality time with him laughing and talking old times.
David’s wife, Heather, is a saint and has surely secured her place in heaven.
Mr. David E. Teater aged 41, of Grand Rapids, passed away on August 19, 2017. He is survived by his wife of nearly 14 years, Heather; parents, Janet (Brad) Velick and Chet (Cindy) Teater; In-laws, Jerry (Julie) Sauve; and sisters, Luanne (Ron) Verner and Lisa (Kenny) Velick-Melton. Also surviving are his sister-in-law, Lisa (Howard) Gray; brother-in-law, Jerry (Errin) Sauve; nieces and nephews, Hannah, Gabrielle, Madelyn, Emily, J.J., and Haileigh; and many cousins. David was a 1994 graduate of Wyoming Park High school who loved life and his friends. He was also a huge fan of the New England Patriots and University of Michigan Football. A Memorial Service will be held at 12 PM on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Heritage Life Story Funeral Homes, 2120 Lake Michigan Dr. Friends are invited to share memories with the family from 10 AM until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Gilda’s Club or John Ball Park Zoo. Please visit www.lifestorynet.com to read David’s lifestory, archive a memory, photo, or sign the guestbook online.