Tuesday, March 11, 2008

He Will Be Missed. We Love you Dad.

David Morris Abel
David Morris Abel 1950 ~ 2008 David Morris Abel, 58, passed away Saturday morning, March 8, 2008, at his home in Kaysville, Utah, with his loving wife by his side. Dave returned to his Father in Heaven,after a long valiant battle with adenocarcinoma. Dave was born March 5, 1950, in Price, Utah, the son of Morris Lester and LaPreal Riddle Abel. Dave was the fifth of eight children, and the second of five sons. The family moved to Logan, Utah when Dave was a year old. Dave felt the move to Logan was an inspiration of the Lord. Dave spent his growing up years in Logan. He attended Edith Bowen Elementary and the new Junior High School. At the Junior High, he was the first elected President of his class. He was active in sports and lettered in basketball, baseball and football at Logan High while serving as Student Body President during his junior year. Dave fell in love with the Utah State University campus. He received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Business Administration. He was a True Aggie. He remained active in the USU Alumni Association, serving as the Alumni Representative in Las Vegas. A true love story began as Dave met his eternal sweetheart. Marsha Ericson and Dave were married in the Logan LDS Temple on August 18, 1976. From this union there were four wonderful children: Nicholas David (Melinda) Abel of Logan, UT; Barrett Louis Abel of San Diego, CA; Jessica Mary (Neal) Davis of Layton, UT; and Kyle Cameron Abel of Kaysville, UT. Dave and Marsha have two grandchildren: Hayden Davis and Allison Abel. His family was always the most important part of his life. Dave worked as a Sales Representative for Cardinal Healthcare where he interfaced with hospitals and laboratories in his areas, providing laboratory supplies and equipment for over 30 years. Twenty one of those years were in Las Vegas, NV with the remaining years in Kaysville, UT. In his business conduct he was always honest, and his clientele were treated as family. He earned various National and Regional sales recognitions including the Masters Club and Sales Rep of the Year. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was an important part of Dave's life. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Edinburgh, Scotland and returned to finish his mission in Arizona due to illness. He served in three Bishoprics over 12 years time. He held many other positions, and was enthusiastic about genealogy and completing the temple work for his ancestors. He received his Wood Badge in scouting as he worked with the scouts. Dave loved all types of sports, especially football and basketball. He followed the Aggies and cheered them on. He will always be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, his optimistic outlook, and his compassionate attitude towards others. He is survived by his loving wife, children, grandchildren and three sisters: Bette (Doug) Follette of Bountiful, UT; Mary (Dave) Sanders of Layton, UT; and Joy (Jerry) Hill of Spanish Fork, UT; and two brothers: Joe (Shannon) Abel of Bountiful, UT; and Michael (Cindy) Abel of Mesa, AZ; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers: Randy L. Abel and Ricky Dean Abel. Funeral Services will be held Thurs., March 13, 2008 at the Kaysville Haight Creek Stake Center, 1520 So. Foxpoint, Kaysville at 11 a.m. with a viewing from 9:45-10:45 a.m. prior to the service. A viewing will also be held Wed. evening at Russon Brothers Farmington Mortuary, 1941 North Main, Farmington, (across from Cherry Hill Water Park) from 6-8 p.m. Interment Logan City Cemetery. Online guest book at www.russonmortuary.com Friends and family may make donations in lieu of flowers to the Utah State University Scholarship Program and the LDS Perpetual Education Fund.