David Allen Spink was born June 19, 1965, in Barstow, California, to Walthal Linton Spink III and June Elizabeth, the third of three sons. David graduated from Barstow High School in June 1984.
After completing his mission, he returned to Barstow, where he met the love of his life, Colleen Ruth Sessions. After a six-month courtship, they were married in the Idaho Falls Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on December 20, 1988. They settled in Barstow, where David worked for Culligan Soft Water Company. In 1995, David and Colleen purchased a carwash in Barstow, which they owned until his death.
In 1990, he joined the Barstow Fire Department and worked his way up through the ranks as a paid call firefighter. After graduation from the Fire Academy at Victor Valley College in 1991, he returned to the Barstow Fire Department as a full-time firefighter.
David and Colleen were blessed with the adoption of a son who they named Dallen Lincoln, combining parts of David’s first and middle names. Dallen followed in his father’s footsteps to become a firefighter/paramedic. David loved working for Barstow Fire Department so much that he volunteered for extended duty and overtime. He took the required coursework and was promoted to engineer.
David was a lifelong learner who loved reading and learning about how things worked. He loved gardening, the outdoors, scuba diving, skydiving, and having the swimming pool filled with family, friends, or school children. He loved spending time with family and enjoyed quad riding, riding the Segway, motorcycling, and future innovations, most recently the Tesla.
On December 5, 2021, David and his fellow firefighters responded to an accident on I-15, where he was struck by a vehicle. His fellow firefighters cared for him at the scene, and he was airlifted to the hospital with traumatic injuries. On January 9, 2023, David passed away surrounded by his wife, Colleen; their son, Dallen, and his wife, Alyssa. He is also survived by his father, Walt, and brothers, Ryan (Stacey), and Logan (Pat).
David is missed and loved. Reminiscing about all the memories keeps him alive for us. Sweetheart, I love you more than anything in this life. Each day brings me one day closer to being with you.
I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always.
As long as I’m living, my sweetheart you’ll be.