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.
Dave was the third son of my only brother. As a new teenage aunt, I was thrilled. I remember Dave as a newborn, his baptism and anecdotes from his early years. When we moved out of state, I had glimpses of his move into adulthood with college and marriage, seeing him become the wonderful husband, father and grandfather that he was. There is a thread that runs through his life as I saw it. He was always incredibly bright and intensely curious. As a preschooler he asked questions no other four year old would. He chose his own path, but he did it as he did most things, quietly and firmly. He had strong, deep and consistent views but also had an open mind. He had a deep faith that he practiced quietly, walking the walk as they say. We differed politically and religiously, but he was not just non- judgmental but genuinely interested in how we came to see the world differently. Along with his high level of tolerance, his great sense of humor allowed him to joke about differences. Oh, I will miss him! I will forever be grateful not just to have known Dave, but to have had Linda and his wonderful kids and grandkids enter our lives.
It was a blessing to share a trip to the holy land. May the Lord watch over your family and friends.
Dave reported to me at IBM many years ago. He was a top performer and a classy guy. Look forward to seeing you again on the other side, Dave.