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 will be forever in our hearts. He always was quick with a smile and had a genuine curiosity with everyone he met. He learned something from every person he met and appreciated good people and helped to bring out the best in everyone. Dave spent his entire career with one company, IBM, which is very rare these days. It is sad that his golden years turned out to be only about one. He was a devoted husband and a caring Dad who always found the time for his family who were his number one priority. I’ve known Dave for most of my life and there was not a mean or biased bone in his body. He was infused with happiness and wanted the same for those around him. His untimely death will certainly make us all consider our own mortality. I wish the best for Linda and the kids as they deal with their grief and loss.
My memories of Dave almost always include Linda. I remember being about 17 years old and we were all in the church bus with Dave and Linda sitting next to each other. I remember Linda draping her leg over Dave’s leg and the gesture looking so sweet and comfortable. I’m glad you guys had so many happy years together and am so sorry that it was cut short.
What a leader; what a friend. Our souls are profoundly sad but certainly refreshed by the meaningful contribution Dave made to our common mission at Totally Kids Hospital in Loma Linda. That contribution will stay with us forever. To you, Dave Nydam, our fellow Board Member and brother in Christ, we give tribute. And to you, Linda, and all the Nydam family, we give thanks to God for knowing you as we have. Our God will grant you peace, and He will bless us as we pursue the great work of ministry to special children that was so meaningful to Dave.