David Kay Wallace

1954 ~ 2023

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Our dear brother, uncle, and friend, David Kay Wallace passed away unexpectedly on January 25, 2023. David was born to Paul K. and LaVonne Stewart Wallace in Salt Lake City on August 5, 1954. He shared his birthday with his younger brother, Peter who passed away 33 years ago. David and his family lived in the Sugarhouse area and had an idyllic youth growing up with lots of family and friends. David was all boy and loved to play baseball and football. He played football for Olympus High School and a favorite for him was to watch sports of all kinds. He would talk about a recent game and different plays that won or lost for that team. He loved the University of Utah football team and wouldn’t miss a game. He loved wearing shirts and jackets with their logo.

Dave had a heart of gold. He was very generous with his time and money. Dave cared for his dad for two years after his mom passed away and his family will be forever grateful. He had a special relationship with his niece, Emily who he visited almost daily. Her son and daughters were like grandkids, and he showered them with special gifts such as trips to 7-11 for slurpees, Pirate O’s for a special treat, a book to read, or Saturday breakfast.

Dave had an amazing memory and was very intelligent and loved history. He loved to read and keep up on the day's news and enjoyed watching and learning about nature, cultures, and countries.

Dave loved dogs, especially golden retrievers. Alex and Amy were the love of his life. He gave his brother, Clark a pick of Alex’s litter as a gift for their children for Christmas. Amy was the granddaughter of Alex.

Dave had a great work ethic. He loved working with his hands and worked for a steel manufacturing company most of his life as a welder and a supervisor. His first job was working at Wolfs Sporting Goods, and he was most recently working at Smith’s Food and Drug Store in Sandy at the meat counter. He enjoyed his job and the people he worked with. Dave made many friends with his jovial personality and willingness to serve others.

David will be fondly remembered for his friendliness and cheerfulness, especially during holidays as David loved to wear different Santa, Halloween, and St. Patrick shirts.

A special thanks to South Mountain Dialysis for their love and support of David. He could not have lived the past three years without them. They were part of his lifeline.

David was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Peter. David is survived by his brothers, Stewart (Jan), Clark (Ellen), Matthew (Cindy), and his sister, Michelle, and sister-in-law, Julie.

A memorial will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at the Sandy Central Stake Center, 1050 E. Galena Drive, Sandy, Utah 80494 at 11:00 am for family and friends. Please join us for this Celebration of David’s life.


I had no idea until I saw this on FB. My heart aches for all of you. Dave was possibly the most cheerful man I've ever known. His smile lit up any room he was in. I will miss seeing him at Smiths. But I know that heaven is a brighter place now that Dave has moved in.

Ted & I will be keeping you in our prayers.

Ted & Diane Richey

- Diane Richey