Tribute to a Great Man : By Marta Sprout
Dave enthusiastically pointed others toward the path of success and cheered them on. He had a keen understanding for people who had experienced trauma, a rocky childhood, or hard times. As a kid and as a prison guard, Dave experienced brutality firsthand. Many who’ve endured such hardships understandably become angry, bitter, and jaded. But not Dave. He still saw wonder in the world and never allowed those grim realities to derail nor define him. He charted his own path. Dave chose to be a gentleman with unshakeable ethics.
As caring as Dave was, he was no pushover. The man seemed to have a backbone of titanium and had no trouble standing up against anyone, especially those who abused others.
Dave knew the road to a successful career as an author wasn’t a stroll in the park. The way he mentored so many writers set Dave a part. No doubt, Dave had a tremendous gift for storytelling, but that wasn’t enough. He felt a need to give back and to help others. Therefore, he took us all with him along the path.
If Dave were here now, what would he say? He would point out that the time invested in you was well spent, because you have the ability to reach your goals. Dave would remind you that everything you need to succeed is already within you—you just need to trust it. Listen to that voice deep within you—it’s the voice of your friend Dave whispering to you.
Dave would often say that his life was one hell of a great ride. He enjoyed it and lived it fully on his terms. And he would advise you to do the same.
To my dear friend: Dave thank you for all you have done. Know that you made a difference and that you will not be forgotten.