Sept. 9, 1941-Dec. 9, 2014
BLAINE, Wash. – Born in Milwaukee to Mavis and Louis Theisen, Dave had a happy childhood shared with siblings Kathy, Rick and Chrissy. Always an athlete, he took up football and played for Marquette University and the University of Nebraska. He played in the 1963 Gotham Bowl and the 1964 Orange Bowl.
Dave continued his career in football with the LA Rams and various CFL teams. After injury, Dave returned to the University of Nebraska where he received two master’s degrees. Dave worked briefly as a child psychologist both in the states and in Lima, Peru. Dave later became a real estate broker and investor in Missoula, where he met his lovely wife Pam. He married Pam and her two children, Dustin and Brandie, in 1978. He and Pam retired to Blaine, Washington, in 1996.
Well known for his larger-than-life personality, Dave was also extremely generous, wise and kind. He cared for and mentored not only family but a wide network of friends and acquaintances. Dave was proud of how he highly invested in people.
Dave died after a year-long battle with brain cancer. Dave showed us not only how to live, but also how to die gracefully and with joy. He is survived by his wife Pam; sister Kathy; children Dustin and Brandie and grandchildren, Melissa, Ethan and Tristan.