David Shannon Gartman of Woodland Park, Colorado passed on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at UC Memorial Central Hospital at age 56.
David was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, November 22, 1965. He married his beloved wife, KiMar, in Elko Nevada on July 23, 1999. He received an Associate’s degree from Brownsville Revival School of Ministry. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard.
David grew up in California where he learned to hunt and fish alongside his three siblings. From putting together a motorcycle as a teenager to lovingly crafting a home for his wife, KiMar, David loved fixing things and working with his hands from a young age. David had a deep love of God and led missionary trips all over the world. He loved animals, and it seemed everywhere he went, a cat or dog had to follow. He was a gentle spirit who loved having adventures with his brothers and sister. Most of all, he loved his wife, KiMar, with whom he had his best adventures and happiness.
David worked his last days for the City of Woodland Park. He loved the people he worked with and the beauty of the area. He considered Woodland Park his home. Although David was experienced as a mechanic, electrician, carpenter, etc., he never identified with any of those roles. He was a son of God, and his hunger to know God, to really know Him and His love, was what motivated everything he did. He had a tremendous gift of faith that only grew stronger despite the unrelenting health issues of the past three years. Some of the last words David spoke to family and friends were, “I don’t understand all that has happened in my life, but there is one thing I know. I am the Lord’s and His desire is for me. He loves ME.”
He is survived by his wife, KiMar; his mother, Joy; his sister, Tracy Dumlao; his brothers, Shaun Gartman and Dru Gartman; his six nieces and two nephews; his in-laws; and his pet cat, Little Miss.
The Memorial Service will be held on May 21st at 11am at the Ute Pass Cultural Center (210 E. Midland Ave, Woodland Park, Colorado). David’s love of animals has motivated the family to ask that all memorial donations be made to the Teller County Regional Animal Shelter at PO Box 904 Divide, Colorado 80814 or the charity of your choice.