Saturday, August 23, 2008

White Family

Condolences for the family of David White, pilot, may be posted here or emailed to White-family@leavitt.com.

The David White Memorial Fund has been setup at Zions Bank, and is available at any Zions Bank location in Idaho or Utah. The account number is 070443502. Those interested in contributing in this way may also send their donations to:

David White Memorial Fund
c/o Michael Evans
P.O. Box 130
Cedar City, UT 84720


David White

81 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very very sorry for your loss. I hope and pray that Gods comfort surrounds this family during these very troubling times. May he, and all members of this team rest in peace.

Joyce said...

White Family,

May your hearts be comforted and each of you be strengthened in your sorrow. May the Lord bless your family...

LeFevre's

Anonymous said...

He was one of the most sincerly kind persons I ever met. He was always thinking of others. On cold mornings before the flight he would have hot chocolate waiting for us. He was very kind and will be missed

Hayley said...

My own father is a pilot of small planes. I have seen many broadcasts of fallen planes- always wondering if it is my dad. I often think about those who have been in acidents and the families and friends they have left behind. Right now, I feel deep sorrow for you. I feel love for you and my family is thinking and praying for you.

Anonymous said...

I cant imagine the anguish and sorrow you are going thru. Remember that the pilot was very skilled and did everyting in his power to land safely. My prayers are with the all of the families!

Sharon said...

I am just heart broken over this whole tragedy. I worked with David and he was so thoughtful. We often arrived at work at the same time and he would always hold the door open for me, even if he had to wait for me to walk across the parking lot! It is a rare person who takes time out of their busy life to do something kind for others.

amy said...

We are Tyson Garfields(in your class) parents and wanted you to know how sorry we are for your loss. Tyson was very sad when we found out that Dave was your husband. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Tyler and Amy Garfield

Nancy said...

Let the hearts and prayers of those you know ,and even a few strangers ,strengthen your soul. Know that those who are with you now will always be there when you need them most.
"Know that you are loved!"
You are by so many!
God is with you even know.
From the stranger who was with you in Church. My prayers are with you and your family.

Jon and Katrina said...

Dear White Family,

My heart is broken for your loss. I'm a pilot for the USAF and this passed year I have lost two dear friends with whom I flew the F-15 Eagle. Lansing Ellsworth is my cousin, and while I grieve for him and his family, I'm confident that, like my Eagle buddies, David did everything in his power to overcome the catastrophic circumstances in which they found themselves. Sometimes in spite of all the training we've received and all the preventive aircraft maintenance performed, Heavenly Father has another plan. May the Lord's Grace and Spirit sustain you and me while we seek to understand his will, that we might know Him better.
I pray,

Jonathan Shill, Capt, USAF

Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to all those affected by this terrible tragedy. May you all find the peace and comfort that you seek at this time. I worked daily with David White. All that knew and worked with David will miss his quiet, friendly, and gentle personality. May his wife and children feel of our prayers and hope for their healing.

Anonymous said...

we can not imagine what you must be going through at this time. we are very sorry for your loss and want you to know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

White Family,

Dave was an inspiration to many of us as pilots. Knowing Dave leaves no doubt in my mind that he did all that he could to change the course of this tragic event. He was a unique individual that cared for everone around him. I recall and can't help but smile about his obsession with tech toys, seems every few days he had something new. He is with his Father in Heaven now and will watch over us all. A great Father, Husband, Pilot, and friend. Our prayers go out to you all. May God bless you in this time of grief.

Craig Davis Family

Anonymous said...

White Family, as we struggle with the loss of Keith, we want you to know that we are also very aware of your loss of David. We are confident that he did everything within his power to prevent this from happening. Our hearts go out to you. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. May the Lord bless your family with peace and comfort. The Shumway's

Linda said...

To the White Family, my husband and i are so very sorry for your loss, i will always remember David for his wonderful smile, and charming personailty. We knew him as a young man when he was staying
with his Aunt Kathy and Uncle Pete.
We will keep you and your family in our prayers, and hearts. Sincerely, Bill and Linda Newman

Greg Stevens said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Dave White and flew with him personally. He was an extremely knowledgeable and safe pilot and I know he must have done everything he could to bring everyone home safely. He was such a great example of perserverance and diligence in pursuing his goals and dreams one of which was commercial flying. You are all in my prayers

Drew and Jane Hyer and Family said...

Dear Families,
I was deeply saddened by your losses. As I sit by the computer reading about the accident, my 10 year old son, David said "We know how that feels". We, too, lost someone in an automobile accident in October of last year. My heart goes out to you and you are all in our prayers. I did not directly know any of your loved ones, but I know the niece and cousin of two of them. I can promise you that several things will happen. You will feel the Love and Comfort of Our Heavenly Father and Savior during this time period. They will not forsake you. Please cling to that fact and know that They and your loved ones are near. Families ARE forever and you will see them again and they are waiting for you on the other side. Your heart will break at times, but your hearts will also soar. Sweet memories will crowd your mind and you will be comforted. Your community and state are praying for you and this will also strengthen you when the times are tough. Asking why does not help much, but being still does. Know that you all are in many people's prayers and hearts and you are not alone. May Father's richest blessings be poured out upon you during this time and in the future while you carry on.
With love and understanding,

The Christians said...

You don't know me, but I flew with this clinic many times in the capable hands of your husband and father. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him! Our prayers are with you.
Jason

The Faddis Family said...

Dear White Family,
When Troy called us with the news Friday night, we were totally shocked, and couldn't believe something like this could've happened. We are so sorry for your loss. We feel blessed to have known, and worked closely with Dave. May the peace of our Heavenly Father surround you in those quite moments when you need Him most, and reassure you that you, and your two boys will be with Dave again someday... Love Jared and Angie Faddis

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and especially your children. David was a wonderful person who made me feel welcome when I first started working across the hall from him. I flew with him a year ago to Colorado and know he was an incredible pilot. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. May God be with you now and provide you comfort and peace in your darkest hour. Our prayers are with you all.

Deb Nelson said...

David was a wonderful person and if the Lord saw fit to take him, I am glad that it was doing what he loved to do. I am sure that the accident will in no way be contributed to him due his experience and overall knowledge of aircraft. My heart goes out to the family, he will be loved and missed by us all.

Sarah Beth Gibbs said...

I will never forget the time I got to spend getting to know his sweet boy Christopher and Riley. May God be with them and his wife.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss, David was an such a great individual. He flew me to South Dakota and knowing how nervous I was, he made me relaxed. He was a great pilot, and he will be missed by all who worked with him at The Leavitt Group!!

Anonymous said...

Know he is truly flying now. I hurt because of your loss. God bless you.

Jeanne Jacobs said...

To the White Family, I met David a year ago through work. He was possibly the most kind person I have ever met. It was a pleasure to work with him, and in our office we dearly loved teasing him about when he could sneak us aboard the company plane for joy ride! Our hearts are heavy with the loss. I will keep David and his family in my prayers and meditations. May you find peace and comfort and go forward with the knowledge of how very much David was liked and respected.

Kim Julian said...

We are all deeply saddened by the loss of such an extraordinary pilot, but more so, an extraordinary human being. Flying with him frequently, David never ceased to amaze us with his homemade breakfast plates he prepared for us prior to leaving on an early morning flight. He had a servant's heart and we are all better for having had the opportunity to have known him. Our hearts go out to Andrea and the children at this time of loss.

Cathy Huntsman said...

Mrs. White I was going to send you a card in the mail, but I think this will work just as well. I am a Leavitt Group employee and flew with Dave many times. I always felt safe with him, always! He always had a smile on his face and was so caring of us when we traveled. He was a gentleman with our luggage and helping out wherever there was a need.

During these many trips that I was on with Dave, we talked family many times. He loved you very much and he glowed when he talked about his kids. I know that he loved flying, he was proud of the many accomplishments in his life, but most of all his love and greatest accomplishment was his family. He expressed that many times. He was a great and gentle man; there will be a huge void without him.

My prayers are with you and your family. I pray that you will find comfort and strength from Our Father in Heaven.

With Sympathy, Cathy Huntsman

Anonymous said...

My prayers are with you and your loved ones. I didn't know David personally, but heard what a great person he was and what a great pilot. May God bless you and your family.

Anonymous said...

I had the privelage of working with David on IT issues in our office in Campbell, CA. He was ALWAYS cheerful, happy and professional in his demeanor. We had the privelage of actually meeting him in person during his trips to our office- which was a real treat- being that we usually would work with home over the phone. He was ALWAYS such a pleasure to work with. I know he is now flying with the angels- and will continue to watch over his loved ones. God bless you- I thank you for sharing David with us and pray for your peace and healing.

Patti said...

My deepest sympathy to all. May God be with you always and hold you close during this trying time. I wish you comfort and peace. David was very special to us all.
God Bless..

Anonymous said...

what a sad, tragic loss. im so sorry for your sorrows. you will be in my thoughts and prayers...

Anonymous said...

Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with your family. I never got to meet Dave in person but I did talk to him on the phone for IT problems. He was always professitonal and nice.

I pray the Lord will confort your family during this time.

Many Blessings,

Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to you and your young sons. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

The Welch Family said...

Mrs. White,

When we emailed the other day about my daughter Rhiannon, I never made the connection of David with our IT department. I remember you coming in when he worked down here with us and just loving your children so much! I am so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers and if there is anything any of us can do to help ease your pain, please contact us. Again, you are in our hearts always.
Rhiannon, Jordan, John and Melissa Welch

Anonymous said...

I am very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your boys. David was a very kind person and will be missed greatly.

Anonymous said...

To the White Family
I pray that the Lord will comfort and help you thru this trajedy, my heart & prayers go out to you for your loss. David will be missed by all of us.

Anonymous said...

White Family,

David was in Colorado not long ago..we chatted about our kids - his face lit up as we laughted about kid antics. His laughter infectious, his smile so warm...he will be very, very sadly missed.

Donna Barr said...

I've been with Leavitt only a short time and only flew one round trip flight and it was with Dave. He was so sweet bringing breakfast for everyone as well as made me feel very comfortable flying. He spoke about you and your children with a huge smile. I was looking forward to many future flights with him.

I am so sorry for your loss and he will be missed by all at Leavitt.

Anonymous said...

White Family,

I work at a Leavitt agency in California where David visited occassional doing his so valuable IT work. I have only meet him a few times but he always stopped by my office to say hello with a smile. Just last week David was in our office and I happend to overhear him talking on the phone to one of his children and I thought at that time what a patient, caring and loving Dad he was. David's friendly presence will truly be missed around our office. I pray that God will comfort your family during this time of sorrow.

Anonymous said...

Dear Andrea,

I am so sorry for your great loss. I worked with David and flew with him several times. He always made me feel at ease due to his gentle and service oriented nature. I could also tell he was a very capable and knowledgeable pilot and loved what he did. I wasn't worried when we flew together. I too am certain that he did everything he could do. He is greatly missed and will continue to be missed by so many.

Upon finding out about the accident early Saturday morning, I dropped to my knees immediately and begin to pray for you and your children. I continue and will continue to keep you in my prayers in asking the Lord to help sustain you through a very difficult time in your life. Your family will be united again, this is not the end, just a temporary, though difficult separation.

Anonymous said...

I want to add my love and concern for Dave's family. What a terrible loss. What great comfort there is, however, in knowing God's plan and that this loss is not permanent.

Sheehan Family said...

Andrea, Alex, Anna, Christopher, & Riley:

Our hearts go out to you and we are here for you. Dave was an exceptional pilot. He is one of the few people in this world that I trust my life and my family's life with. We all loved to fly with him and he was "The Favorite Pilot."

Dave was the best pilot not just in skill but in attitude, work ethic, etc. The ice cream treats, fruit and quiche were small examples of how he went above and beyond. He is one of the only pilots who helped with our luggage and is one of the only guys if not the only guy who would endure shopping with us.

Dave had the unique ability to tune the world out and you in so you felt like the most important person in the world. When Annika co-piloted with him he made her feel like she was queen of the air.

Find peace in knowing two things: 1. That he passed doing what he loved to do & 2. That through Heavenly Father's Plan you will be with him again.

We love you guys!

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. The couple times I did talk to David he seemed like a very nice guy.

Anonymous said...

All of us at Butler-Leavitt Insurance are deeply saddened to learn of your loss. We pray that you may find comfort and relief from your sorrow very soon.

Anonymous said...

I am overwhelmed by the enormity of this tragedy and of the loss you and your children must endure.
I have flown with David several times. He was a gentle, kind man and a very good pilot. He will be missed enormously. May God grant you peace in the coming weeks and months.

Monica said...

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in Pease. Amen

Anonymous said...

You will always be with us David

You are the whisper in the breeze comforting and guiding our way

You are the sun that shines down to give warmth on a cold day

You are the brightest star that shines in the darkness of the night.....

My deepest sympathy to the family and friends at this difficult time. May God cradle your hearts and bring you peace as he watches over you.

jim farmer said...

White Family,
I had the privilege of knowing David for only a short period of time. Knowing the type of person he was I would have flown with him without giving it a second thought. I had the opportunity to take him to a Diamondback baseball game when he his here in June and he could not say how important and how much he loved his family. I know that all of us from Farmer-Leavitt will miss him and that we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers during your time of sorrow.

Anonymous said...

White Family,

My thoughts and prayers go out for you. Although I only met David once I found him to be a kind and caring man, willing to help at any cost. The world is a little less bright without him here. May you find comfort in Lord during this tough time.

Esther- Pridemark-Everest said...

Dear Andrea and Children:

I am deeply saddened by the tragic loss of David and need you to know how extremely fond I was of him as assisted me with concerns I had just last week respects when he was visiting our office.



Please accept my heartfelt condolences for you, your children and family and may his spirit lift you and give you strength through this very difficult time.



Sincerely,



Esther Myers

Anonymous said...

Dear Andrea, Alex, Anna, Christopher, & Riley,

I am so very sorry for the loss of your Husband Andrea and to Alex, Anna, Christopher and Riley the loss of your father.

It is so very difficult to find something in words that could possible touch each of your hearts in someway to help ease your pain.

I work in San Jose Ca and had the pleasure of meeting David. He was a gentle soul and offered his services for any computer issues we were having.

My heart truly senses this terrible loss and want each of you to know that I am so very sorry for each of you. May the wonderful memories you had with him bring you some comfort.

God Bless each of you during this most difficult time.

Anonymous said...

To the White family: No one can know the depth of your loss except God - he will be the comfort for you over the coming painful days. Just know that we all think of you every moment and feel the pain. Our prayers are with you.

Anonymous said...

We are all so deeply touched by your loss. May the Lord bless you in the days that follow to find comfort and peace. Your family is in our prayers.

The Bertagnolli's

Anonymous said...

White Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I've known Dave for many years. We worked together in the 940th Avionics shop. He was a great Airman and friend. I have so many fond memories of my time with Dave. The smile he always had on his face was infectious. One time when he was getting checked out in a plane for the Beale Aero Club he let me tag along with him. I almost threw up twice, but I had a blast. He was a true mentor for everybody in the Avionics shop. I never felt embarrassed if I didn't know something and had to ask Dave for guidance. Of course he knew the answer, but he had a way of making you feel even the simplest things were great questions and was happy to pass down the knowledge. He was a shining example of how to lead and I strive in my Air Force career to carry on what I've learned from him. Our sons hung out together as little toddlers at the Weavers. Recently he gave my wife valuable insight into the corporate aviation world and inspired her to not give up her dream of civilian flying. Dave was a true hero and will surely be missed.

-Kristoffer Berrien

Anonymous said...

In a world where it seems so many people don't like their jobs, just tolerate co-workers and lose patience easily, Dave was the bright spot in the day. He truly cared about the people he had to work with, was patient with the most computer challenged, and genuinely was a happy , thoughtful soul. He will be missed. My prayers are with his family.

iverson family said...

Dear White Family
We are members of Keith Shumway family.
We Love You! Our hearts go out to you at this time of great loss.
A highly skilled pilot, and a well maintained plane.
It seems the Good Lord went to a lot of effort to gather ten amazing souls to call home at the same time.
May we all continue to live as happy and share that joy with others as all ten of these incredible examples.
With Love, Randal & Sammy Iverson and family (Keith's Uncle and Aunt)

Anonymous said...

White Family,
I am very sorry for your loss. When I joined the Air Force, I was a little lost Dave was always there to help me when I needed it.
My heart goes out to you and your family. May The Lord keep you in sight.

Anonymous said...

I am from SC and I just wanted you to know that this tragedy has reached across the US. I am so sorry for your loss and I pray that God will give you the peace and the strength that you need to get through this awful time. May God bles you...

Anonymous said...

Dear White Family,
I am really sorry for your loss. I know it's a hard time to understand but I am sure your husband & father is now fullfilling a greater mission. "For after much tribulation come the blessings. Wherefore the day cometh that ye shall be crowned with much glory; the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand".

Julie said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. David will be greatly missed. He was a kind, generous man. He was very giving of his time and expertise. He had infinite patience when dealing with computer challenged people like myself, something I'm very grateful for. He loved you and the kids very much and mentioned you all frequently. You are in my prayers.

Kalli & Addison said...

Dave was an amazing person and was always so willing to help. He will be greatly missed! He's touched so many lives in so many ways and we are all so grateful to have known him. I hope you find some comfort in knowing what a wonderful person your husband/father was. And may God bless you and your family through these hard times!

Grace said...

Dear White Family,

I am an employee with the Leavitt Group. I didn't have the opportunity to meet David, but I have heard so much of him over the past few days. There have been many expressions here of confidence in David's abilities as well as expressions of the good person he was. I want you to know that I am thinking of you and you are in my prayers. I am very sorry for your loss, and I hope you will feel comfort and peace as you remember David and the life he lived.

Andrea Cook

Anonymous said...

To the Family,

When I think of Dave the following come to mind: Mentor, example, professional, but most of all FRIEND. I worked with Dave at the flight school and he was always the happy go lucky one of the bunch. We all turned to Dave with questions. On the golf course Dave was the same person as he was in the office. Laid back and just happy to be in the moment. He always made everyone around feel welcome. When it comes my time to depart I hope people will remember me like I will Dave. Enjoy the ride Dave and I will be looking for ya on the other side. But until then I will look skyward and reflect on the good times we shared.
Dan Kendall

Randy Whitelaw said...

I can't express the sadness I feel for your family. I worked with David and flew with him a couple times. The one thing I always noticed was his great attitude and friendliness. The funnest times I had around David was actually during softball. I loved his competitive nature. He brought with him this child-like excitement that made the game even more fun. I'm glad I was able to spend time with him and I am blessed to have known him. Your family is in our prayers.

Valerie and Mike said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends. David was always cheerful, kind and helpful. He will be missed and remembered fondly. May the peace of the Lord comfort you now and always.

kevin said...

Andrea,

Words cannot portray the heartache and sadness my wife and I feel for you at this time. We cannot even begin to comprehend how you and your kids are feeling. I love Dave like he is my own brother. I have probably flown with him more than anybody and it was nothing short of a joy being with him. I am grateful to you for sharing him with us. I have, and still would, trust him with my life.

I'm sure you have heard this many times, but he is honestly the kindest person I have ever met. From his breakfasts in the mornings to his piloting us to work destinations to his IT work to the softball diamond, he always had a smile on his face. Never once did I see him get frustrated. He is truly a great person. When he told me you were looking for a house by where we live, I was so excited.

I hope you know how much he is loved. Our prayers and thoughts have been with you since we found out. I know that you will see him again, and that your family will be together again.

Kevin and Bonnie

Tyler said...

I consider it a privilege and a blessing in my life to have gotten to know David, his truly happy personality, and infectious smile always made my day better!
He will be missed greatly.
May God provide you a cloak of comfort during this trying time!

Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Dave's gentle, kind spirit will always be remembered. He was always so helpful and put others first. May you find strength in God in this time of loss.

DIME said...

I am still in shock...

My name is also David White...I help with the Leavitt Group's 401k plan.

The first time I was to meet David I was looking forward to it...for some reason I always enjoy meeting a fellow David White!

David met and exceded every expectation I had...he was so friendly, warm, and fun to be with. He always went out of his way to make everyone feel at home and apart of the "family" for the trip. His companionship put a smile on everyone's faces...it is not that many people in this world that have this natural warmth and ability...I miss him...so I cannot imagine your great loss and pain.

One quick story: I was returning home to SLC on a commercial flight after I had met David via LG Wings. Walking through the Skywest hub in SLC, I saw him in in his Skywest uniform! I had no idea that he had left. After we said hi to each other, he was quick to say he couldn't wait to get back to LG Wings...he missed everyone and the job so much...as I know everyone missed him. He made such a positive difference in so many lives.

My condelences to you and your children. If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.

May his memory be eternal.

Warmly,

David White

Tawnya said...

David is one of the nicest and most sincere men I have ever met. I'm grateful that I had the opportunity to travel with him many times and to get to know him better. Whether we were meeting at 6:00 in the morning to take an early flight or getting home at midnight from a long trip, he always had a smile on his face!

David was constantly looking out for others and was always willing to help out in whatever way he could.

I feel blessed to have known David. My thoughts are prayers are with you all.

TRISH said...

I remember many years ago when my Grandfather passed away a young girl came up to me at the funeral and saw my tears. The little girl took my hand and said "God only takes the good apples".
By taking David White, he not only took a good apple but an extremely rare one.

I feel very blessed to have met David when he visited our office in Durango. David had the uncanny ability to make an acquaintance feel like a long time friend.

David will certainly be missed by all.

Trish Holley

Nancy Davis said...

Dear Andrea and Family,
I am so sorry for your great loss. David was always willing to help everyone at any time.
David was a gentleman and very proud of his family. You are in my prayers.

Lauren Woolsey said...

Dear Mrs. White,
I feel so sad about your husband dying. I just want you to know that my family and I pray for you every night that you won't be too sad. I just want you to know that everyone is here for you and they want to make you feel better. I love you and I love being in your 7th and 8th period class. I also know that you don't want to be gone for too long but you can take as long as you want. I love you!

Nate Esplin said...

Andrea and kids:

David is a wonderful pilot and even better man. I loved his example of service to others and his constant smile and happiness. He truly sought out ways to bless the lives of others through service and work. I always felt comfortable and safe while he was flying the plane.

We pray that you will be comforted at this time of grief and sorrow. May the Lord's spirit be with you and your family as you move forward in your life. May He watch over your sons.

We truly miss David. I will try to honor his memory by looking for ways to serve others as he always served me.

Buckey said...

To the White Family,
I have known David for quite sometime. We were in the 940th ARW together. He was a great person and I am truly saddened by this.
My heart goes out to you and your family during this tough time.
Buckey

rob said...

I am greatful to have known Dave. He was an Awesome individual who I respected tremendously. I did not get to know him very well, but the times I did get to be with him he was very kind and showed that he cared. Two times I can think of that I had a time to talk with him, once when we were flying back from Salt Lake, last October, and as recent as early last week while I was on my lunch break at Wal Mart, as I was on my way out the door he was coming in. He always went out of his way to ask how me and my wife are doing, and I am greatful to him for that. To Dave's family, God Bless You in this sad time, remember that he will always be with you in your heart. Keep being kind and friendly like him and you will definently only be apart for a short time. God also loves you.
Thanks for letting Dave be a part of so many peoples lives, he sure has touched mine.
Robert Larson

Capt Greco said...

I worked with David for many years, as his co-worker and his Officer in Charge at the 940th. He was talking about how much he loved to fly. He passed doing what he loved to do. He will always be in our thoughts and remembered as one of our family. May you all find the strength to live on while still remembering how he lived his days with us.

Brett Ritchie said...

To the White Family,

I was heartbroken to hear about your loss. I was privleged to meet David through my work with the Leavitt Group.

He was one of those very rare and special people who have the ability to make a stranger feel as if they had been his best friend all of their lives.

He always spoke lovingly about his family and how blessed he had been to have found someone who would stick with him and follow him as he pursued his dreams and his love of flying.

He was a man whose heart was filled with love, appreciation, and gratitude for everyone and everything that he encountered...and I remember thinking that the world would be a much, much better place if there were more people just like him.

David will be missed by everyone who knew him...and, in the end, I think that is probably the most important legacy that anyone can have.

I'm very sorry that this tragedy happened, and my family and I pray that God will heal and protect your family and the families of the other passengers.

Sheehan said...

White Family,

I know that Davids' spirit will always be with you. My heart goes out to you as you morn. I always trusted David with my wifes life. I am sure that the spouses of everyone that flew with him would agree. I will miss my chats with Dave at the hangar as he was preparing for the next days flight. I was privelaged enough to be able to fly co-pilot with him, and that is an experience I will cherish always. If everyone in the the world could have a little piece of Dave Whites' kindness and compation towards others, this would be a wonderful world! It is not often that you get the opportunity to meet a genuinly kind and loving person. I am forever grateful for having the privelage of knowing David White. I have learned from his kindness and will strive to practice it in my daily life. We will never forget David.

Leo said...

I am very sorry for your loss. I worked with Dave at Beale AFB and have fond memories of the times we spent together on TDYs and deployments. I will always remember his easy going personality and smile. He will be missed. My prayers are with your family and I know that God has a special place in heaven for guys like Dave. Leo Rosko

Jana Maxwell said...

White Family,
I met David not too long ago when he was at our office in Phoenix, AZ. It was late in the day and he was fixing the computer at the desk next to mine. The office was quiet and I couldn't help but overhear his phone conversation with Christopher and Riley. I remember smiling to myself to hear such love in a father's voice. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Let love sustain you through this hard time.

Rick Shuckerow said...

Dear White Family:
I have just read all of the comments and I am sure you realize what an impact David had on so many people. I work with the Farmer-Leavitt office in Phoenix and met David when he flew Dane down here and we went to a baseball game. David just exuded friendliness to those of us he met with. I could not help but notice that he spent his life in a job where he went to many places and met many people- exposing them to his obvious goodness. I also believe that God often takes the nicest and best people early as their reward for living such a good life.
Our thoughts in Phoenix are with you.