Obituary of David Friedman
September 1, 1962 - February 2, 2024
David Henry Friedman passed away February 2, 2024. He was born in Denver, Colorado on September 1, 1962, graduating from Cherry Creek High School. David is survived by his wife Michelle, sons Jack and Jordan, and Jordans’ finance (Katrina Darling). He is the son of Sheldon and Ellen Friedman, brother Brad Friedman and wife Laurie, . He is the son-in-law of Arnie and Gwen Schatz, brother-in-law Michael Schatz z"l, sister-in-law Linda Schatz, sister-in-law Lisa (John Strasner) Schatz, and uncle of Brandon Friedman and Lauren Friedman Suits, Zach, Lexi and Kaitlin Schatz.
Growing up, David was an accomplished tennis player, having worked for many years as a ball boy at Green Gables Country Club. He won numerous singles and doubles tournaments. He graduated from Cherry Creek High School in 1980 having won 4 state tennis titles. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania where he played varsity tennis for four years. He received his Bachelor’s degree in finance from the Wharton School of Business in 1984.
After college, David came back to Denver to pursue a career in real estate. Early in his career, David worked for various real estate companies, but always wanted to develop unique and interesting properties. Given his tenacious drive to succeed on his own terms, David formed his own company, DH Friedman Properties, where he spent 30 years developing several successful retail, commercial and residential projects throughout the Denver metro area.
David remained active his whole life, playing tennis, becoming an accomplished squash player, and enjoying skiing and riding road bikes – he rode the Triple Bypass several times. David also loved golf and was driven to improve, often heard exclaiming “have you seen my new swing!” He was an avid fan of all sports Denver, and loved watching (and analyzing) the Avs, Nuggets, Rockies and Broncos.
David will be remembered for his humorous antics and sharp wit. David often commanded a room of people, relating funny stories and fantastic anecdotes. Underlying his gregarious personality was a tender heart, full of love and reverence for his friends and family. His greatest passion was his wife, Michelle, and his sons, Jordan and Jack.
David could always be found on the sidelines watching Jordan and Jack pursue their athletic endeavors in hockey, lacrosse and baseball. His kids also taught him the finer points of music, eventually turning David into a big Swifty!
David served on the board of Jewish Family Services (JFS) for many years and was instrumental in finding and financing the Kal Zeff building that is the home of to JFS.
David was a larger-than-life figure. His charisma and charm followed him into every room. He collected numerous friends from all walks of life. If you spent time with David, you cried tears of laughter and felt a special kinship as though you had known him your whole life. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Service, Tuesday, 10:00am, Hebrew Educational Alliance; interment Mount Nebo Memorial Park; livestream available on Feldman Mortuary's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@FeldmanMortuary/streams