David West

David Lee West

1931 - 2021

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Obituary of David Lee West

David Lee West was born on February 10, 1931.  His parents, Walter Russell West and Hazel West, raised him in his home state of Colorado, where he lived most of his life.  David survived his Wife of 63 years, Anita S. West, and his lovely Daughter, Laurie West-Roberts, and never let their memories or his love for them subside.  He is survived by his Son, David R West, his Son-In-Law, Scott West-Roberts, and his three Grandchildren, Alexandra West, Jacob West-Roberts, and Aaron West-Roberts.

David was proud to be a Union Pipefitter from Colorado Local 208.  He took immense pride in his career, his colleagues, and the work that he did. A natural teacher, he was always willing to devote himself to difficult projects, and to mentor those around him to improve the Trade. He was also rightfully proud of his service to our Country as a Machinist’s Mate on board the USS Roanoke during the Korean Conflict.  His military experience was fodder for a lifetime of worldly Sinbad-like tales, he used skillfully to regale his Grandchildren.

As a Pipefitter, David spent many years working at the Atomic Energy Commission (Rocky Flats) where his exposure to radiation led to illness and suffering in his later years.  He was grateful to a nation that stood by him to meet his needs as he dealt with physical adversity.

There was nothing that this man could not build or repair.  There was no one that he would not help, if asked.  His Family and Neighbors meant so very much to him, and they looked to him for strength throughout his long and fruitful life.  He will be missed by many.

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