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.
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.
I can't think of a time where we were with Dave and he didn't make us laugh. We could be fishing or at a Nydam gathering and Dave always brought joy and laughter. He also asked the best questions with a genuine heart of love behind them. Our prayers continue for you Linda and your precious family. Shalom and Love
Mary Lou Hooyenga I right away thought of my little nephew Dave cuddling next to Aunt Thelma, who had come home on furlough from her work as a Bible translator teacher in Peru. He had so many questions and wanted to know all about Peru and the people there and what it was like. With all the questions and knowledge he would acquire, we thought we should call him our walking encyclopedia. Uncle Jim and I are very touched by this loss. Continuous thoughts and prayers ❤️