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Pleasanton man found dead in house fire outside Boulder, Colo.

Original post made on Feb 6, 2009

A Pleasanton man was found dead early this morning outside Boulder, Colo. after firefighters rushed to put out a house fire. The coroner's office identified the man as David Patrick Ryan, 49, of Pleasanton, according to the Daily Camera.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, February 6, 2009, 3:05 PM

Comments

Posted by claudia hess, a resident of Birdland
on Feb 6, 2009 at 6:15 pm

Please pray for this family- it's a real tragedy- Take your loved ones into your arms and say I LOVE YOU!
Life is very precious.


Posted by Meri McCoy-Thompson, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 6, 2009 at 6:47 pm

I agree, Claudia. David was a good man.


Posted by Sona and Ernie Manzo, a resident of Valencia
on Feb 6, 2009 at 7:23 pm

What tragic new. Our thoughts are with the Ryan family. David's infectious enthusiam will be sorely missed by the community.


Posted by The Tiongco Family, a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 6, 2009 at 9:18 pm

We all have fond memories of David. Natalie loved having him as a soccer coach; he was so great with the kids. Our prayers are with Lynn, Malia, Stone and Trevor.


Posted by Sally Baker, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 7, 2009 at 9:13 am

Our hearts go out to Lynn, Stone, Trevor and Malia. This is a huge loss.


Posted by Nicole Browne, a resident of Birdland
on Feb 7, 2009 at 9:30 am

Our whole family was so sad to hear this tragic news. He was always someone with a smile and a wave. We are praying for your family.


Posted by Patricia Watson and Family, a resident of Birdland
on Feb 7, 2009 at 11:12 am

Our family is so heartbroken by the news of David's death. God bless and keep his family during this difficult time.


Posted by The Bodnar Family, a resident of Ponderosa
on Feb 7, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Bob and the girls and I are deeply saddened by the news of David's passing. Please know that we have you in our prayers and if you need anything, Lynn, please do not hesitate to call on us. Love, Patti


Posted by Marschall family, a resident of Birdland
on Feb 7, 2009 at 12:19 pm

My heart and my prayers go out to the Ryan family. David was one of the good guys he always made me laugh. He was a great coach and friend. I had the pleasure of coaching basketball with him for five years and he alway had only positive things to say to the girls. He will be missed
and I will always have fond memories of him.

Love,
Carla


Posted by Marie & Tom Rankin and Family, a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Feb 7, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Our family is deeply saddened by the tragic death of David Ryan. David brought a lot of joy and laughter to so many over the years & he will be missed.

Lynn, Stone, Trevor and Malia please know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.


Posted by Janice & Stephen Phalen, a resident of Mission Park
on Feb 7, 2009 at 7:21 pm

David was always a lot of fun and had a great smile and laugh. What a tragedy for the family. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family. Steve & David both CU grads and worked at Morgan Stanley. Many a time at Chamber mixers, we were among the last to leave. We hope friends write a lot of great remberences that the family can read forever to remember, and be inspired by, his spirit.


Posted by Gary Schwaegerle, a resident of Downtown
on Feb 7, 2009 at 7:37 pm

I can't believe it Phoebe & I were chating with Him the Night before at the end of the night of The Foundation Diner of The Martin C. Kauffman 100 Club of Alameda County; of which He Served as a Board of Director. He was headed home early to get ready, for he mentioned he was making the trip. He was Great, Served Our Community with Heart, he could be seen driving around town in his convertable Chevy Blazer. He will be sorely missed our prayers go out to the Family & Friends, Gary Schwaegerle, Phoebe & the Boys


Posted by Darci and Ben Herr, a resident of another community
on Feb 7, 2009 at 8:19 pm

My thoughts are prayers are with the family and friends upon hearing this sad news. Great sailing buddies for all. Strength and love to you during this time.


Posted by Lambrecht Family, a resident of Canyon Creek
on Feb 7, 2009 at 9:24 pm

We are overwhelmed with sadness and disbelief. David has been one of our closest friends since we moved to Pleasanton 16 years ago. We will miss his spirit and passion for life and his thoughtful and generous ways. What a great, genuine guy and we are so sorry he is gone. With our love and prayers for Lynn,Trevor,Stone and Malia.

Mike, Karen and Mikey


Posted by Buck Family, a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 7, 2009 at 9:39 pm

This is shocking news. We are so sad. Our hearts go out to Lynn, Trevor, Stone and Malia.


Posted by The Evans Family, a resident of Birdland
on Feb 7, 2009 at 10:50 pm

It is unbelievably sad to here this news. We wish the best for the Ryans!


Posted by Tom Gill, a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 7, 2009 at 11:59 pm

David was a great friend to so many. He was a close friend to me for the last 20 years. He always spoke of his kids in our conversations. His larger than life personality and his ability connect with people will be missed by all. David remembered the little things in life as he He called on my birthday every year for the last 15 years. We are praying for you Lynn, Trevor, Stone and Malia for your loss. May God give you understanding and comfort during this time.


Posted by Nate Christensen, a resident of another community
on Feb 8, 2009 at 5:12 am

Dave was a great guy that had a wonderful sense of humor and always made us laugh. He had such a kind heart and would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. He is going to be missed.

Lynn, Trevor, Stone & Malia are in our prayers.


Posted by Granzella Family, a resident of another community
on Feb 8, 2009 at 2:33 pm

David was very dedicated to raising money for the 100 Club, and we have been fortunate to work with him for many years. Never taking himself too seriously - he always had a joke, a laugh and a smile...he will be missed.

Our condolences to his family, friends & community.


Posted by Hubbard Family, a resident of Parkside
on Feb 8, 2009 at 4:52 pm

We just found out this horrible news. We are so saddened. David was such a terrific guy. I still see his smiling face and enthusiasm for life. He coached my daughter, Emily, in basketball and we so enjoyed his positive outlook on life. Driving by him in his open-air-truck, dressed for work, hair blowing in the breeze while I sat in my closed window mini-van with the heat on always made me smile and gave me a sense of freedom. Lynn, anything you need...don't think twice.
All our love, Vicki, David, Emily, Michael, Ben and Stephen


Posted by Anna Dawson, a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Feb 8, 2009 at 5:44 pm

I've known the Ryan's since birth. And even though we aren't as close with them as we should have been the whole time, this will be a huge loss on us. David was so enthusiastic and happy. Even from when I knew him, he played a big kid in my life. I loved having him around when I was younger. He's definitely going to be missed by so many people. This truly blows my mind. Him and his family are definitely in my thoughts, prayers, and even my smiles. Because there isn't one day I'm not reminded of them. Such beautiful, caring, loving, and overall beautiful people they really are. I love you guys, stay strong. His laugh and seeing him driving his big bronco is what I will remember most.


Posted by Patty Goodman, a resident of another community
on Feb 9, 2009 at 6:56 am

David was a truly caring and giving person. He always had a smile and a good joke. Everyday there would be a joke on my email to bring a smile to my face from Dave. The Ryan Family Christmas letters were always fun to read and uplifting. David loved his family more than everything and was always talking about his wife and children. Dave always spoke up and was never afraid to say things that others wanted to say but didn't have the guts to say. I'm glad to have known him and I last saw him last Wednesday at the 100 Club dinner at Sunol. We spoke about his Dad and how much we have to hang onto every moment with our loved ones as we do not know when we might not see them again. God bless the Ryan family and give them strength....


Posted by momof2, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Feb 9, 2009 at 8:10 am

momof2 is a registered user.

Our heartfelt sympathies to the entire Ryan Family. You are a truly wonderful, talented and loving family; our thoughts and prayers are with you...may you find peace and love surrounding you from the community...


Posted by Jodi & Colin Campbell, a resident of another community
on Feb 9, 2009 at 9:10 am

David's passing has left a hole in our hearts. He was a special guy who made us all laugh. We will miss him. Love and prayers to Lynn, Trevor, Stone and Malia


Posted by The Fitzgerald Family, a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 9, 2009 at 9:13 am

It was with shock and disbelief that we received the news of David's death. I'm still waiting to hear that a mistake in identification was made. This just can't be.

David was definitely larger than life. We met him and his family 15 years ago and felt an immediate connection. He breathed life into everything he did. My family recalls a particular family dinner with them when, following a laughter filled meal our six kids headed out to the hottub, their dog in tow, for more fun. Their annual parties felt more like an opportunity for David to show how much he enjoyed and appreciated everyone. He made each person he knew feel unique and special. His enthusiasm was infectious.

We will all keep dear the vision of seeing David driving around town in his beloved topless truck, talking on the phone, curly locks blowing in the breeze, fully loving life.

Lynn, Trevor, Stone and Malia, we keep you in our hearts and prayers. May God hold you in his hands through this difficult time, and always.


Posted by Sally Parsons, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 9, 2009 at 9:30 am

David was a fixture in Pleasanton. I can picture him in his tevas and shorts at the Sports Park or driving his white Bronco. Our family met him through soccer and both my son and daughter have many fond memories of the swim parties at the Ryan house. Life was too short for David and we pray that Lynn, Trevor, Stone, and Malia can find strength to carry on.


Posted by Ginny and Howard McGaha, a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 9, 2009 at 10:50 am

David will be sorely missed at our house and by the entire community. His personality was larger than life. He always brought a smile to our faces and had the ability to make us, along with everyone else, feel truly special. He was a genuine friend and advisor that shared our love for and family ties in Colorado The news of his death has left us shaken. Our thoughts and prayers are with Lynn, Trevor, Stone and Malia. We'd like to help in any way possible.


Posted by Brian Moos and family, a resident of Birdland
on Feb 9, 2009 at 11:35 am

What sad news that can't seem to be true. I just talked to David earlier last week while he was washing his boat. We talked about making plans to go out on the Bay. David was so full of life and living. Our hearts, prayers and thoughts go out to Lynn, Trevor, Stone and Malia.


Posted by Steve and Edie Messick, a resident of Downtown
on Feb 9, 2009 at 11:39 am

Having worked with David for 5 years, I was stunned and in disbelief when told of this tragedy. Even now, it is surreal. He was such a great friend to Steve and I. He was family. This is a huge loss to everyone and especially Lynn, Trevor, Stone and Malia - his family that meant everything to him. The memories and smiles are now constant. We are grateful to have spent Wednesday night at the 100 Club Dinner with David. It was a wonderful night. We love you DR and you are already SO missed. Hugs and Kisses XO


Posted by Ed, a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Feb 9, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Would the Pleasanton Weekly be so gracious as to post a picture of David. We would all like to see this.

Thank you..


Posted by Rigor Family, a resident of Country Fair
on Feb 9, 2009 at 1:18 pm

Pleasanton will never be the same... we always enjoyed saying hi to Dave in his truck...our son played soccer with Trevor when they were in Middle school and HS. Our hearts go out to the family...

The Rigor Family


Posted by Jon Moos, a resident of Birdland
on Feb 9, 2009 at 1:56 pm

This doesn't seem possible or true... I have been Dave's neighbor for several years and have enjoyed the warmth, laughter, and excitement he has brought on many occasions.

I just saw him last week as he was walking across his driveway and we said our usual hellos. Little did I know that was the last time I would see him again.

I want Lynn, Trevor, Stone, and Malia to know if they need anything at all-anything---please let us know. All of you are in our prayers. It is hard to know what to exactly say at a time like this, but our family gives you all our deepest condolences and we would like to be there for you all in any way needed.

About Dave, I'll miss our chats about his "Denver Broncos" and my "49ers". I'll miss the funny talks we had at the Ochoa's garage, the golf tournaments along the way, and seeing him around town in his convertible bronco. I didn't know it was possible to wear Tevas on so many different occasions until I met Dave. I'll miss his laughter and love for life he shared.

Dave, you are truly missed and your memories will live on.


Posted by Ann Montgomery, a resident of Mission Park
on Feb 9, 2009 at 2:49 pm

Our community has lost a shining star. David will remain one of the kindest, honest, motivational and patient people I will ever know. My heart is broken for Lynn, Malia, Stone and Trevor. David loved his family more than anything and his joy was always contagious.


Posted by Denny Krause, a resident of Downtown
on Feb 9, 2009 at 3:00 pm

My wife, and I, are former residents of Pleasanton.

I can only reiterate what every one has said about David. David was our financial advisor, but he was a friend first, and a financial advisor secondly. Our condolences to his family.

Denny & Vicki Krause


Posted by Brian Lancaster, a resident of Dublin
on Feb 9, 2009 at 3:01 pm

David was one a great guy who shared ties to Colorado with my familiy and I. He will be missed by all of us. My heart is broken for Lynn, Malia, Stone and Trevor.


Posted by Carol and Bryan Richardson, a resident of Foothill High School
on Feb 9, 2009 at 3:37 pm

We are so sad to hear about David. We feel very honored to have known such a caring and funny person. David gave so much of his time to the 100 Club and the FOI golf tournament. We will truly miss this great man. Our thoughts and prayers are with Lynn, Trevor, Stone and Malia.


Posted by Melinda, a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Feb 9, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Oh my Gosh, I can't believe this....I have lived in Pleasanton years, remember him from sports when the kids were younger, and yes always saw him around town in his convertible white bronco, usually around Hopyard and Valley....About 6 months ago, he cut me off coming out of the gas station and I was mad and I went to pull up next to him and look over at him to give him "a look" and he turned at me, was on his phone, smiled and waved...well, all I could do was smile and wave back and feel like "so what if he cut me off".....i lost my iritation right there, just cause he smiled....I could hardly believe when I saw this on the weekly and had to share this.....


Posted by Seth Leibick and Jennifer Slott, a resident of another community
on Feb 9, 2009 at 5:04 pm

We only had the pleasure and honor to know David for a couple years but David is someone you never forget. Just having the opportunity to spend a few hours with David and you feel like you have known him your entire life. My heart goes out to his family.


Posted by Karen & Wayne Couto, a resident of Downtown
on Feb 9, 2009 at 5:10 pm

We are truly saddened and in disbelief that such a good man is gone all too soon. David was a young man with so much more living to do. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. There are no words good enough that can express our sincere condolences to his family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with Lynn and their three children. We all know they meant the world to him.


Posted by The Shearer Family, a resident of Birdland
on Feb 9, 2009 at 6:05 pm

What a tragedy, he was such a character, so full of life! I enjoyed coaching youth soccer with him years ago.

May God lighten your hearts, Ryan family.
Our prayers are with you.


Posted by Kathy Opperwall, a resident of Ironwood
on Feb 9, 2009 at 6:06 pm

We are deeply saddened about this tragedy. Lynn, Trevor, Stone and Malia, you are in our thoughts and prayers.


Posted by Janice Flanzbaum, a resident of Birdland
on Feb 9, 2009 at 8:18 pm

From my first playgroup when Stone was a baby to seeing the Ryan family around Walnut Grove and now hanging with the Amador Marching band, it's as if their family has been a constant for many years. I too share the visual of David in his bronco with the 'Ryan' license plate. He always gave me a wave as I was running around the neighborhood. What a tremendous loss. Holding thoughts that the Ryan Clan will make it through this very rough time.


Posted by Vandiver, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Feb 9, 2009 at 9:22 pm


This is terrible, tragic news. Lynn and kids, we've been thinking about you all these past couple of days. Please know our thoughts and prayers go out to you, and that you have this wonderful, caring community behind you.

Love,

Randy, Kim, Laurel & Jaclyn Vandiver


Posted by Barry Duke Sr., a resident of another community
on Feb 9, 2009 at 10:15 pm

What can you say about a man whose life was about family and community. Lynn, kids, you know how I feel, my heart is breaking over this tremendous loss. He was truly a long time friend. Having raised our children together, lived together and praised God together I will never get over this......

Dave my dearest friend....Go in peace my friend, and I will try not to angry for missing you....

And lastly ..... Go BRONCO'S....

Barry....


Posted by Liz Sufit, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Feb 10, 2009 at 8:28 am

We send our deepest sympathies to Lynn, Trevor, Stone and Malia - your tragic loss cannot be fathomed. May your memories and faith bring you peace.

hugs from the Sufit/Scotts - Liz (Sufit), Howard, Hannah and Sam Scott


Posted by The Olson's, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Feb 10, 2009 at 8:58 am

Our family is keeping fond memories and positive thoughts of the Ryan family during this difficult time. David's personality and generosity will be remembered for a long time.


Posted by Simi, a resident of Dublin
on Feb 10, 2009 at 10:27 am

Like everybody on here, I am so very sorry and sad to hear this tragic news. Dave was a great guy.I used to meet him regularly at the Chamber events, he would always come over and say Hi and as a newbie to the Chamber he would make a point to introduce me to somebody new every time. Such a very sad loss. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very sad time.


Posted by Gene and Julie Laughery, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 10, 2009 at 10:33 am

Gene and I are just in shock to hear this news. David was such a wonderful man. He was so full of life and love for people. He sure put on an Awesome party. He will be missed Greatly by all! Our hearts go out to Lynn, Stone, Trevor and Malia.


Posted by Terry Messick-Cass, a resident of Mohr Park
on Feb 10, 2009 at 11:21 am

David and his family were good friends and we'll always remember boating in the Delta and the Bay, surrounded by David's humor, wonderful personality and love. Our deepest condolences and prayers from GOD reach out to all of the Ryan family and his dear sister, Candy.


Posted by Ellingsen Family, a resident of Stoneridge
on Feb 10, 2009 at 12:11 pm

We were so shocked and saddend to hear about this. David was such a wonderful and kind man. We have gotten to know the Ryan family through the Amador Valley High School Percussion section. Our prayers and thoughts go out to Lyn, Trevor, Stone & Malia. Much love to you all.


Posted by Ellingsen Family, a resident of Stoneridge
on Feb 10, 2009 at 12:11 pm

We were so shocked and saddend to hear about this. David was such a wonderful and kind man. We have gotten to know the Ryan family through the Amador Valley High School Percussion section. Our prayers and thoughts go out to Lyn, Trevor, Stone & Malia. Much love to you all.


Posted by Lowell Brown, a resident of another community
on Feb 10, 2009 at 12:20 pm

David had a profound coaching impact on my daughters. He always was a wonderful friend and fixture of this town. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Lynn & the kids. We WILL miss seeing Coach Dave cruising around town in the White Rhino.


Posted by Lowell Brown, a resident of another community
on Feb 10, 2009 at 12:20 pm

David had a profound coaching impact on my daughters. He always was a wonderful friend and fixture of this town. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Lynn & the kids. We WILL miss seeing Coach Dave cruising around town in the White Rhino.


Posted by The Bantz Family, a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 10, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Susan just let me know about what happened to David. We are both in total shock. Our warmest thoughts and prayers go out to Lynn, Trevor, Stone and Malia. We came to know the Ryan's through Soccer and Scouting. David was a coach for my son's soccer team and Lynn was a Den Leader in Scouting. David's coaching helped my son move from Upper House soccer to Class 1. We were very blessed to come to know the Ryan family.

The Blazer that you hear mentioned often sure did become David's trademark. He was easy to spot around town. One day when he came to the house on soccer business he hopped out of the Blazer but forgot to put it in park. It inched towards the house and despite his best effort it rolled into the porch and broke a post. He said shaking his head "I guess I will be back tomorrow with a post and some paint." And he was and we fixed it complete with fun and laughter because that is the way David did things. We will certainly miss you. May God be with you, David, and may he help Lynn, Trevor, Stone and Malia through this difficult time..

Wade, Susan, Joshua, Jason, Victoria and Megan Bantz


Posted by Erin van der Zee, a resident of Foothill High School
on Feb 10, 2009 at 2:26 pm

The spirit and energy that David Ryan showed towards his children and their teammates was so appreciated. My daughter and Malia played on soccer teams together and David always went out of his way to give each girl positive reinforcement and encouragement....and the girls always agreed that the Ryan pool parties were the best! Our prayers are with his loving family...


Posted by The Albers Family, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 10, 2009 at 3:00 pm

My heart is breaking for Lynn, Trevor, Stone, and Malia. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Much love and support goes out to you all. Jill, Roland, Kim and Kevin.


Posted by Davis Conway and Family, a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Feb 10, 2009 at 3:46 pm

Dear Lynn thank you for all that you have given Davis and our family. Our prayers are with you and your family. Our suppor and prayers, Davis Conway and Family.


Posted by Yvonne & Ed Rosenquist, a resident of another community
on Feb 10, 2009 at 5:32 pm

My dearest Lynn,
Our whole family is in shock and sorrow over the loss of David! We have known him since he was down here in ACU...and through many events in all our lives! Then we met you in Boulder, and were in on the weekend when he bought your engagement ring...the wedding...and so many times with his family, who were dear to all of us. It does not seem real.
Our hearts are bleeding for you and the children. May GOD bless and keep all of you, in the Palm of His Hand...and give you PEACE!
In deepest love and sympathy,
Yvonne & Ed Rosenquist - Granbury, TX


Posted by Dublinmike, a resident of Dublin
on Feb 10, 2009 at 6:37 pm

The many, many comments regarding David Patrick Ryan are very touching and brought back personal memeories. My father passed away in 1960 and, only having lived in Livermore for just 5 years, the outpouring from the local community was overwhelming at his funeral. What I was able to piece together as I matured during the sixties is that "comnmunity does matter." Mr. Ryan's "community" extends beyond the physical bounding of Pleasanton. I was very touched to see the outpouring and hope he is an inspirational to many. Dublinmike


Posted by Dublinmike, a resident of Dublin
on Feb 10, 2009 at 6:37 pm

The many, many comments regarding David Patrick Ryan are very touching and brought back personal memeories. My father passed away in 1960 and, only having lived in Livermore for just 5 years, the outpouring from the local community was overwhelming at his funeral. What I was able to piece together as I matured during the sixties is that "comnmunity does matter." Mr. Ryan's "community" extends beyond the physical bounding of Pleasanton. I was very touched to see the outpouring and hope he is an inspirational to many. Dublinmike


Posted by Mike and Jennifer Hosterman, a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Feb 10, 2009 at 7:15 pm

I still feel utter disbelief that David is gone. I still look around thinking that I may catch a glimpse of him. He was a class act. We will always remember the Ryan BBQs, the days on the Bay, the rounds at Spyglass, the sips of J.D., and so much more. I always kidded David, that he showed us the "good life". He will be missed and not forgotten.


Posted by Barry and Margie Slott, a resident of another community
on Feb 10, 2009 at 7:21 pm

The news of Dave's passing had the impact of losing a long time friend. In reality I only had the pleasure of knowing Dave for about six hours, just enough time to play a very memorable round of golf,have a meal, and appreciate his unbridled exuberance and passion for life.
We will miss the promised cruise on the bay and the man that made such a great impression in such a short time.
Our prayers and thoughts are with the Ryan family.


Posted by Cathy & Bob Stanley & Bob's World, a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 10, 2009 at 7:59 pm

Little did we know the referral for our first financial advisor lived "just around the corner." We met David in about 1996. He was such a delight. Each Christmas, no matter what the hour, he brought the kids by to see the Christmas lights Bob had put up. His cut off truck was like his signature............I was always aware as it passed by .........with a big wave from David. I will continue to look for it...............and may even see it.........and I will always see David.........waving.............hello, or was it good-bye.

God Bless each and everyone of of you Ryans.

Cathy & Bob Stanley


Posted by The Worth Family, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 10, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Lynn, Trevor, Stone, and Malia, Our deepest condolences for your loss. Our love, prayers and support go out to you.
Sue, Steve, Andrew and Leanne


Posted by Donna, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 10, 2009 at 9:00 pm

For Lynn - I'm so sorry for your loss. I never got to meet your husband, but he must have been a great guy. You have always been a shining light for me and I wish that you and your family did not have to experience this enormous loss.

Love and peace always,

Donna


Posted by Cindy Everson, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 10, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Our hearts, love and prayers go out to you, Lynn, and your family. We are so saddened by this tragedy and know that he was a wonderful family and community man by all of these amazing comments posted about him. I am so broken up that you have to experience this pain with such a loss. Please know that we are here for you. Lots of love, The Everson Family


Posted by John Lage, a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2009 at 9:26 am

We only met David recently and were grateful to be his guest at the 100 Club Dinner last week. He was such a bright, humorous and generous person that was really dedicated to his community. I wish we had the opportunity to get to know him better but he made a great impression on us as he clearly did with everyone. My prayers and best wishes go to his family and friends in coping with their loss, which is clearly a collective loss to many others.


Posted by Nunn Family, a resident of Birdland
on Feb 11, 2009 at 10:05 am

Our most heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the Ryan family. What a tragic loss for them and the community as well. We first met David as our son's flag football coach. His encouragement to others, love for his family and enthusiasm and zest for life was so very evident. We will miss seeing him in his open air truck just down the street from us. God bless you and keep you close, always.


Posted by The Maurer Family, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 11, 2009 at 10:56 am

Our hearts our saddened by this loss and go out to Lynn and their children. What can we say...our thoughts, cares, and prayers are with you. We are a band together and David will always remain a part of that.


Posted by Marty Bell and Family, a resident of Jensen Tract
on Feb 11, 2009 at 3:09 pm

We were very saddened to hear about this tragic loss. I knew Dave as a coach and a friend. He was a great coach with a positive attitude. My thoughts are with his wife and family. The City of Pleasanton will deeply miss this citizen, coach, friend, and his seemingly always smiling face.
Marty Bell (City of Pleasanton)


Posted by Somerville family, a resident of Dublin
on Feb 11, 2009 at 3:47 pm

We met David when our girls played soccer together a year ago. Few people in this world make such a favorable impression that is lasting, David was one of those rare individuals. His positive attitude and avid support from the sidelines was infectious, his cheerful personality brightened the day even when we were losing! David's love and devotion to his family was very apparent, he was clearly so very proud of Malia and we enjoyed hearing him talk enthusiastically about her accomplishments in music and sailing as well as soccer. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ryan family at this tragic time.


Posted by Jennifer Gladding-Butticci, a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2009 at 4:16 pm

I worked with David at Shearson Lehman and was so shocked and saddened to see his obituary today! Please accept my prayers and sympathy for your tragic loss. David was such a nice, good hearted man whom I'm sure was a blessing in your lives.

May time bring your family peace and comfort with warm memories. I'm just so very sorry.


Posted by Kamal & Rima Della, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 11, 2009 at 5:18 pm

This senseless loss is just too hard to understand and accept. In the words of Billy Joel, "Only the Good Die Young", and David was definitely one of the good guys, with a big heart, a zest for life and boundless generosity. We will miss you David, and thank you for inviting us into your home for the past 10 years. Our heartfelt condolences to Lynn, Trevor, Stone & Malia.
Kamal & Rima


Posted by Roland and Karen Jenneford, a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2009 at 9:04 pm

It is great sadness that we send our sincere regrets about the loss of a dear friend. Our memories from Boulder are fond, are thought of & talked about often, and will be remembered forever. We love you Lynn and our families prayers will be with you and yours. God be with you and carry you through. 2 Samuel 22

Roland, Karen, Brandon, & Brittney - Chicago, IL


Posted by Kathi & Phillip Vermont, a resident of Country Fair
on Feb 11, 2009 at 9:14 pm

To the Ryan family:

Please accept our deepest sympathy for your tragic loss. Although we only knew David through meeting him at Chamber mixers, the heartbreak of losing such a wonderful man so beloved by the community is palpable. May God's blessings be with you all.


Posted by Vicky & Steve Lenz, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Feb 12, 2009 at 12:25 pm

To Lynn and family,
Please know that our thoughts and our prayers are with you all in this difficult time. David was a very special. We will miss his waves and his kind words. What a wonderful legacy his has left for all of us. We are truly blessed by his examples. This world is a better and kinder place because of him. God bless.

The Lenz Family.


Posted by The Danielson Family, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Feb 12, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Our family was so saddened by this news. Our hearts go out to Lynn, Trevor, Stone and Malia. I saw David a month or so ago and we were able to catch up with the goings on of our college boys. He will be very much missed in this community.

Laura, Richard and Ross


Posted by Liz Klein & Family, a resident of Birdland
on Feb 12, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Dave Ryan was a Star! A Movie Star- I always told him he looked like Michael Caine, and he would always come back with, "a young Michael Caine- right." A Rock Star- how many attended his great parties with his friends in that cool rock band? A Shining Star- think about how many kids and families Dave helped with all his volunteer work and coaching. A Work Star- Dave was such a dedicated hard worker. Dave was such a stellar father, husband and friend. His memory will shine on forever!


Posted by Terry Carrington, a resident of another community
on Feb 12, 2009 at 8:27 pm

To Lynn and the kids,

I'm so sorry that this has happened.

I feel so blessed by God to have lived in California and have been part of your lives during that time. Dave was one of the most unselfish men I have ever known!

In Love,

Terry Carrington


Posted by The Giammona's (Jena, Alex, Max, Mike & Dawn), a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Feb 12, 2009 at 10:21 pm

Dear Lynn, Trevor, Stone & Malia, May you find comfort in the love and respect felt by so many for David. Also, may every fond memory aid in healing your hearts. David's gifts were bountiful. What a wonderful man. Our love and support are with you.


Posted by Janice & Stephen Phalen, a resident of Mission Park
on Feb 13, 2009 at 12:20 am

The service for honoring David Ryan and his legacy was very moving and touching. We should support this family in the community and honor the fun, laughter, family love, and Bronco, etc (and there is much etc).


Posted by Wendy Madsen, a resident of another community
on Feb 13, 2009 at 9:15 am

Lynn, Trevor, Stone and Malia:

My heart goes out to you in this devastating time. David was one of the best friends I've ever had throughout my lifetime. I had spoken to him around 11pm that evening as we were planning to get together sometime over the weekend for dinner since he was in Colorado. I figured he just got busy as I knew he had a lot of work ahead of him over the weekend. I am just so sorry, he was the best friend a person could have, he was an incredibly supportive and loyal friend, I will miss him horribly.

Our friendship began many years ago in Colorado at Beaver Creek resort at a Smith Barney conference. We connected immediately because we both coached our kid's soccer teams and had a great love of our families and our communities...we have remained friends over the years although our lives went in different directions.

My prayers are of David and your family,

Love,

Wendy Madsen and family


Posted by John Delaney, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Feb 13, 2009 at 9:45 am

Our prayers go out to the Ryans, Dave was one in a billion. Everyone who had contact with him, was made a better person for it. He will be missed.
John, Russel, Max and Brooke
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Posted by Gregg Chavaria, a resident of another community
on Feb 13, 2009 at 9:58 am

I first met David when asking him to help secure a sponsorship from Morgan Stanley.It was for our non-profit's fundraising event, CASA Golf Classic, to benefit abused and neglected children in Contra Costa County . He helped secure this sponsorship and others from Morgan Stanley while he was there.

Upon learning of David's death I was deeply saddened. He was such a great fellow and made you feel like a friend even if you had just met him. Those of us who knew David from the CASA events will always remember him having a great time, dancing with his wife, in his tux, with the red cummberbun and bow tie.

May God Bless your soul David and watch over and protect your wife and children.


Posted by Casey Nice, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Feb 13, 2009 at 12:27 pm

As one of the people who was honored to be asked to speak at the service for Dave, I was happy, but not at all surprized, to see that the Church was full (and had people standing), all in honor of Dave and in support of his family.

We all realized was a great man has been taken from way too soon! God Bless Dave and his family!

Next time you get a chance, jump off a roof into a swimming pool!


Posted by Bill,Dain & Neal Stoll, a resident of Fairlands Elementary School
on Feb 13, 2009 at 3:04 pm

Dave you will be sorely missed.Obviously by family but also by the many that you touched.You see,in 1988 David helped me to understand what it is to walk with God and be passionate for God.Without that I would not have a wife,I would not have a child,I would not be able to be substance free.I certainly wouldn't have the love and support of many around me nor know the zaniness that was David Ryan.Yes I jumped off the roof into the pool a few times.I will be eternally gratefull to Dave as well as his wife Lynn for their support in my life.


Posted by Nichelle, a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Feb 13, 2009 at 10:59 pm

I just read the article on Honoring David Ryan. I knew the Ryan family from when I attended the SF Church of Christ and my son and I went on a family camping trip and I took a ride on David's boat. A very kind and loving family and I enjoyed the time I knew them at the church. My prayers go out to the family. May God's comfort and words heal your family during this time.


Posted by Glroia Halman, a resident of Dublin
on Feb 14, 2009 at 8:59 am

I last saw Dave at the 100 Club meeting and learned of his passing on the following Friday. He was a friend and most recently my financial advisor and had made plans to meed the following week. Just a couple days after his passing he had mailed me an application to join the Contra Costa County 100 Club. My prayers go out to his family and friends. I will truly miss him. He was a caring person.


Posted by Lil Dawson, a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Feb 14, 2009 at 10:28 pm

When I think of Dave I think of the word "encouragment". That is what he and Lynn have always for me. Didnt matter what was going on in my life, the moment I saw Lynn and Dave I was instantly encouraged. My family met the Ryan's 15 yrs ago and our daughters were best of friends for many years. A special memory I have of Dave is when Lynn and I were sitting on the floor talking in the Ryan family room with Anna (my daughter) and Stone. Both were between the ages of 1 and 2 years old. For some reason Dave had camera in hand and caught the moment when Stone and Anna leaned in and kissed eached other right on the lips. Dave and Lynn always captured the special moments in life. Lynn, keep the encouragement alive that you and Dave shared with the world. I will always be your friend through anything and everything. I love you and your family and look forward to spending more time with you. Love Lil


Posted by The Blair Family, a resident of another community
on Feb 15, 2009 at 11:59 am

I was deeply saddened to hear about the tragic loss of such a dear family friend. My heart goes out to Lynn, Trevor, Stone and Malia. David was such a entertaining and generous soul. May you find comfort in each other during this difficult time.
Sincerely, Brad, Renee and Peyton Blair


Posted by Renee and Andrew Roberts, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 15, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Our thoughts and prayers our with the entire Ryan family. We just read the trajic news in the Weekly. Dave coached our son, Brodie Roberts, in soccer and he was a truly a wonderful coach, father, and friend.


Posted by Frances and Don Hewitt, a resident of Amador Estates
on Feb 16, 2009 at 8:06 am

David Ryan was one of the first individuals we met when we moved to Pleasanton from Portland, OR. He was so wonderful to be friends with...he will truly be missed. He would always make us laugh at chamber mixers...... Lynn and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers.


Posted by Frances and Don Hewitt, a resident of Amador Estates
on Feb 16, 2009 at 8:06 am

David Ryan was one of the first individuals we met when we moved to Pleasanton from Portland, OR. He was so wonderful to be friends with...he will truly be missed. He would always make us laugh at chamber mixers...... Lynn and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers.