David Douglas Kimball

1937 ~ 2022

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David Douglas Kimball was born on August 3rd, 1937 at Holy Cross Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah to Dorothy Mander and George Kimball.

In 1940, the family migrated from Utah to California in search of more lucrative work. Eventually, the family ended up in Fresno where David’s father found construction work on the Friant Dam. In the early 40s, the family moved back to Utah, and David spent the rest of his childhood in Garfield, UT, a town which no longer exists, as his father found work at Kennecott as a gardener. Grandma and Grandpa Mander also lived there, and David and his sister Dixie spent many happy times there.

After graduating high school, David served in the Army Reserves from the mid 50’s until 1963. From there, he moved on to Aeronautics school in the Los Angeles area of California for 2 years. Upon that graduation, David returned to Utah, and enrolled at the Excelsus Beauty School in downtown SLC. This is where the artistry began. David was a well-known and highly regarded stylist and not just in Salt Lake City. He had clients from all over the United States, who would fly in just to experience the Master’s Touch in the salon, as well as international clients. David’s Hair Design was in business for 45 years. A force in the industry, and proud member of the Utah Hair Fashion Counsel, Mr. Hollywood, as he was known, was a man of many artistic talents.

Although he was passionate about hair design, his artistic drive led him in many directions. From the beginning, David was always dressed to the nines, a natty dresser, dapper even. Always current, always on point, his sense of fashion, style and decorating carried over to his home. David’s home was a showcase of his talents, and tastes, and artistic imagination. Not only was his yard truly a thing of beauty, carefully planned, landscaped, and meticulously cared for, but his home was also a repository for his art, his talent, his passions, his vision.

David discovered sculpting. He took to it like a duck to water, and created extraordinarily beautiful works of art. He built a studio in his backyard and made excellent use of it.

David first met and married Glynn Johnson, and together, they welcomed a son, Scott. David later married Nancy Lott, and together, the two of them welcomed 2 daughters to their family, Jennifer and Melissa. The last decade of David’s life he spent with his longtime girlfriend, Kathy Halford, and together they travelled and enjoyed the life of retirement that David’s tireless work life had enabled.

David is preceded in death by his father, George Kimball, his mother, Dorothy Kimball, and his sister Marjorie Jackman Henry. He is survived by his children Scott and grandson Philip, daughter Jennifer Kimball-Bailey (Clark Bailey) and daughter Melissa Kimball Eldredge (John Eldredge) and their children Alex Eldredge (Chandler) and their son Morgan; Adam Eldredge (Brianna) and their son James; Jeremy Eldredge, Ethan Eldridge, and Cassidy Eldredge. David is also survived by his sister, Dixie Kimball White.

Rest In Peace, Mr. Hollywood. You will be missed.


I also met Dave at Holladay Lions Rec Center. He attended my muscle class. He always brought joy to the class. His positive attitude, kindness and love for life will be missed.

- Tonja Meadows

Beloved David, may you rest in peace. I am truly sorry to hear about the loss of your father.
You have my deepest sympathy and unwavering support. Wishing you peace, comfort, courage, and lots of love at this time of sorrow. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Having known David since I was 14 getting my first haircut from him. What a talented man you were. Being your companion for 17 yrs., I have so many wonderful memories of you and me. Your amazing family, Scott, Jennifer, Melissa and all the fun times we had like carving pumpkins and lots of BBQ's. I will forever cherish the times we traveled and the fun hair shows. I loved your sense of humor. You always made me laugh. I am heartbroken you have passed. Just chatting with you a few days before your passing. You have always remained a dear friend to me. God bless you and your amazing family. Love Always, Bonnie

- Bonnie Dixon Morrill

I had the pleasure of meeting Dave very recently at Holladay Lions. He started taking my Zumba classes this past summer. He also joined us in weight lifting classes. So many at Holiday Lions have expressed their sadness of his passing. Thank you Dave for joining us and letting us get to know you! We will miss you!

- Michelle Salm

Scott, Jennifer & Melissa. I’m so sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. David was the closest thing to father I ever had and you three were my siblings. My best memories as a kid was with your dad, he got me my first dog and took me on my first airplane ride and always gave me such wonderful Christmas and birthdays. But I want you three to know that your dad and you guys will always be in my heart and thoughts. Love Brandon

- Brandon Hampshire

My sincere condolences to David's children and family, his sister Dixie and his fiance' Kathy Halford. It was as artists, we connected immediately. David was an incredible artist and amazing sculptor, and I was able to see his work at their home and also in his studio where we worked together on landscape paintings, my specialty. David's wit and talent was so versatile and fantastic! Kathy is my very best forever friend, for over 40 years, and has helped me through good and bad times, just like she did for David. By his side for ten years and they both loved to do things together, whether zumba or traveling. Such a classy couple! May the comfort of our Lord Jesus Christ, be with all of you at this time. Love, Marcia

- Marcia Walke