David George Strand

September 17, 1945 ~ August 20, 2020


Sept. 3, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
1950 E. Dimple Dell Road, Sandy, Utah
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    Sept. 3, 2020
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    1950 E. Dimple Dell Road, Sandy, Utah
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  • David (Doobie) George Strand, 74, died peacefully surrounded by family on August 20, 2020.

    Born September 17, 1945 to George John Strand and Leona Allen Strand in Murray, Utah. Dave grew up in Magna, Bingham, and Copperton graduating from Cyprus High School in 1963, marrying his high school sweetheart Paula Jane Scoffield Strand on March 28, 1963. Together they had two amazing sons, David Scott Strand and Jerrad Allen Strand. They later divorced, and Dave married Sunny Vance-Lauritzen in Italy in 2006.

    Dave was a loving father, grandfather, husband, and friend to many. He knew every 7/11 clerk and Smith’s cashier by name. He would remember every patient’s story and was so happy every time he ran into anyone he knew to hear all about what was new in their life.

    He was proud of where he came from, reveling in sharing stories with his family about working at Kennecott Copper Mine and the many people he grew up with from Bingham, Magna, and Copperton. He attended Southern Utah University on a basketball scholarship and graduated in the first Physical Therapy class from the University of Utah in June 1971.

    After graduation Dave worked hard to build his career working in Stockton California at the county hospital and at LDS Hospital in SLC Utah before starting his own practice at Alta View Hospital. He filled his time with both fun and work, as he worked at Snowbird he was able to ski to his heart’s content and when he was the Sport Medicine Trainer for Alta High School he was able to stay close to his love of sports. Beyond his love for skiing and sports, Dave was an avid golfer. Along with the Black Friday Club, he travelled all over the world golfing in incredible locations, among his favorites were Saint Andrews, Pebble Beach and Cabo.

    Dave is preceded in death by his parents, son Scott, and his sister Sharon McDowell. He is survived by his wife Sunny, son Jerrad, his grandchildren Taylor and Haley, and his stepson J. D. Lauritzen.

    Services will be held September 3, 2020 at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Rd. (10600 S.), Sandy. From 10:00 am to 10:50 am we will gather for a short visitation with family. We are only allowed 50 people during this time, please email jerradstrand@gmail.com to reserve a time. Beginning at 11:00 am we will have a graveside service and we welcome you attending, please make sure to bring an umbrella for shade.

    Due to COVID restrictions and wanting to keep everyone safe, we understand that not everyone will be able to attend and we can find other ways to connect you with family. Please know that Dave would have been beside himself if someone got sick, please be respectful and wear masks and practice social distancing.


    Dear Sunny, I always looked forward to visiting you and Dave. In spite or all the challenges you both were living with, you both gave me an emotional lift. I really appreciate that. Dave was indeed a unique person with a quirky and fun personality. He was so blessed with your loving selflessness and tender care. Sunny. you are a woman I admire and respect tremendously! May you heal and take loving care of yourself. Please let family and friends help you when you want their help. I hope that you will call on me if I can be helpful. I hope we can keep in touch. Love and peacefulness to you, dear Sunny. Ann Eastlyn

    - Ann Eastlyn
    Sunny, I am saddened to hear of your loss. My deepest condolences to you and your family. May your memories provide you with joy over the coming months and years. Best always and love to you. Trish

    - Patricia (Trish) Sheffield
    Dear Sunny, Jerrod, and family. What a guy! Every time I was with him I laughed! I worked for him for 12 years at the Alta View Hospital office and always looked forward to going to my job. Umm, laugh and help people get better? Nice job. Dave's humor and energy were always present. My favorite weekly memory was Dave running out of the whirlpool room holding on to anything that looked like a microphone. He would burst into Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love"! I believe he is up in heaven dancing and singing that song now. Thank you Dave for putting me back together and being a good friend! I love you!

    - Chris Timothy
    Dave was a great guy. He was fun loving, hardworking and always caring. I worked with him at LDS hospital when I first became a PT. He remained a life long colleague and friend. He was always willing to work together and share knowledge to benefit our profession. He will be missed by the PT community. Georgia and I have many fond memories of him. Our sincere condolences to his family, we hope time and your memories will give comfort. Sincerely, Rick Hobusch

    - Frederick L Hobusch
    Sunny, Scott and I are so sad that Dave left this world. Dave was such a good and kind man. Hugs to you and your family. Much love. Peggy and Scott

    - Peggy Sheffield-Lilja
    Sunny and Family: I am so sad to hear of Dave's passing. What a great guy and a wonderful Physical Therapist. I will always have fond memories of Dave. Sunny- I have thought about you many times over the past years and always remember how much the two of you loved each other and were so "bright" in each other's presence. We had some fun evenings together, too- the four of us. I will wish you all much peace and hope in this time of incredible loss. I know the stars will shine a bit brighter now in the skies. Blessings- Laurie and Mark Raleigh

    - Laurie Raleigh
    Dave, We will greatly miss you and your quick witt. Also, miss you on the golf course. Having dinners ....talking, sharing, and most of all - laughing! May you rest in peace. Mike and Cathy

    - Mike and Cathy
    My dear Sunny and Family, My Heart aches for you at David's passing. Sunny any time you'd like to chat please give me a call. My love to all of you. Dennis Glade 508-237-5671 I"m not in Massachusetts any more, I live in North Ogden.

    - Dennis Glade
    I knew Dave both personally and professionally . We were great friends and I always admired and respected him. I will miss him deeply. Sincere condolences.

    - Rick Strout