Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.
Dave was born in San Diego on Dec. 11, 1960 as the 3rd of 5 children (Jack, Jim, Dave, Sallie and Bob) to Donald and Esther Nydam.
The family moved to Moraga, California and then to La Canada when Dave was in elementary school.
He grew up in the La Canada schools and enjoyed playing on the football and baseball teams.
Dave got his degree in Finance and went to work for IBM from graduation until June of 2020.
Dave married his high school sweetheart Linda Bierling in May 1983 and had 2 children, Lauren (married Jacob Hockett and has 2 girls Cathrine and Aoife) and Daniel (married Jessica Benson and has 1 girl Abrielle).
Dave loved spending time with the kids and grandkids and the entire extended family. He also loved golfing and tennis with his friends, fishing, surfing, gardening, teaching Sunday School, leading small group Bible studies, coaching softball and Y Winners basketball, serving on the La Canada Parks and Recreation, serving as an elder and deacon in various churches, traveling, the Dodgers, and learning new things about people he met. Dave’s curiosity about life and people knew no bounds. He was a man of faith who loved God and lived out that faith by loving others. His love for his family and friends and his laughter and joy will be missed by his children, grandchildren, siblings, in-laws, and many friends but we know he has been reunited in heaven with his parents, grandparents, his mother-in-law, brother-in-law and many aunts and uncles and cousins who have gone before him.
As I write, I’m still in mourning regarding the sudden passing of Dave. I’ve procrastinated writing this tribute, as it expresses a certain finality to my relationship with him. Our friendship, which began about 12 years ago, was cut way too short. During the last few years, we would get together at least 2-3 times per week, including lunch at Memorial Park, & Wednesday morning golf at Brookside. I enjoyed Dave’s company immensely, as we had many talks about our families and various life experiences. He would frequently lend an empathetic ear, and always speak with honesty and directness. Our conversations were “50/50” as we equally shared in our dialog. Dave’s friendship was true gift, which I will always cherish and appreciate. I take comfort in knowing that Dave, a man of great faith, has now arrived at the ultimate destination, heaven, and that we will all join him some day. My thoughts & prayers are with Linda, Lauren, Danny, along with Dave’s extended family and many friends. He was greatly loved and respected, and will be missed by those who had the pleasure of knowing him. God Bless You Dave. I miss you a lot.
Dave was quite simply one of the most solid people I've ever met. I knew Linda had made a good choice from the day I met him. He had such a calm confident demeanor and was just so easy to talk to. I had so much fun with him playing volleyball, fishing, talking tech, laughing with family, etc. He was a great athlete and we had fierce but always friendly competition. I will always remember his contagious laugh and his empathetic nature; the world needs more people like Dave. My prayers are with his family
Since I have a 12-year old kid I have noticed his impatience after church when his parents stay to talk, and this has brought back memories of when I was his age and had to wait after church while my parents continued to talk. The way I remember it, it seemed like Don and Esther Nydam and my parents were often among the last people remaining. Waiting in our car sometimes seemed tedious, but fortunately I was always welcome to sit with the Nydam kids in their big wagon. I don’t specifically recall how we passed the time, but I remember that Dave was always so fun and friendly, which is one reason why waiting in that station wagon is a happy childhood memory for me.