David John Taberna
(1954 - 2009)

David John Taberna

Colorado, United States of America
October 3, 1954

June 12, 2009

Dave was born to Louis and Dorothy Taberna in Denver on Oct. 3, 1954.

He and his family moved to Missoula in 1965. He attended Hellgate High School until joining the U.S. Navy in 1972. He was honorably discharged in 1975. He attended Northern Montana College in Havre and received his A&P mechanics certification from Cheyenne Aerotech. Dave was a familiar face at the University of Montana as the custodial supervisor of the University Center building for 10 years. Dave moved to Sheridan in the spring of 2007.

Dave is survived by his father, Lou of Sheridan; his mother, Dorothy of Missoula; sister, Debra of Sparks, Nev.; brothers, Chris and Tom of Missoula; sons, Jim and Tyler of Culbertson; daughter, Jamie of Cheyenne, Wyoming; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Dave will always be remembered by friends and family alike for his quick wit and infectious laugh that brought joy and happiness to those around him. He was also known for his big heart and loving spirit. He was always available to not only listen but to truly hear those who needed someone to talk to. He made everyone feel loved and cared for. He gave everything to his family and friends and saved very little for himself. Those whose lives he touched were made better for having known him.

Dave believed in a power greater than ones self and the fact of believing was more important than the name of the deity you believed in. He was a friend and champion to all and he saw no boundaries, for life, itself was a precious thing and should be cherished as a gift that was given unconditionally. His thoughts on life, love, and family were best revealed in his writings that he shared with those he loved in the sentiments expressed on frequent cards to mother, father, brothers, sister, and friends. He was a true artist whose words spoke from his heart.

He cherished his family and felt only blessings for having had them in his life. The closeness of his family was important to Dave and he never failed to express those feelings to those he loved. He will lead us all by the example he set in compassion, empathy, tolerance, and unconditional love. He will be missed by all and remembered forever.

He will be cremated and a memorial service will be set at a later date.

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I’m so sorry I wasn’t there for you when you needed me most. I wanted you to come and live in Reno with us, see Jacki and have the chance to talk to her. You two were so close. We two were so close, too. Hard to beat the bond forged while being potty trained together. I swear I still remember something about a wooden spoon and poop in my hair. Mom said you refused to give up your diapers because your sister was still wearing them. Well that really began the history of Dave and Deb. We were as close as twins. We knew each other’s hearts and minds. We always had each other to rely on and I only pray that I helped you as much as you helped me throughout our lives. I cherish all the pictures I obsessively took whenever we were all together. Our memories of you will sustain us as we go through our lives without you. I know you are at peace now, and I know that your beliefs and the way you lived your life for others won you a place in Heaven, whatever that meant to you. Your faith transcended formal religions and truly followed the path of Jesus. Your favorite thought was always “WWJD”. What would Jesus Do. If you brought anything from our religious upbringing it was the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. You lived that life and the people in it were blessed to have had you for the short time you were with us. I can’t imagine the next 25 years without you but I will always feel you with me and that will give me peace. I love you Dave. My life will never be the same without you.
Your loving sister
Deb Taberna (sister)
June 18th, 2009
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Jacki Alexander
June 17th, 2009
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"Dave, my brother, my friend! I thank you for being a trail blazer and non conformist. For showing us how to get the most out of life. I will greatly miss our family times of laughter and joy. Your sudden passing has left a large void our hearts. CJT"
Chris Taberna
July 8th, 2009
"I think I am still in denial that Dave is gone. I can't believe that he was only in my life for 17 years and that is all I get. He was a true friend, through laughter and tears and for that brief 17 years, I will always be grateful."
Molly Thirkell
June 24th, 2009
"I miss my brother, my friend. Being in the place he last lived is bitter sweet, having all his things around makes me feel close and also tears my heart apart."
Tom Taberna
June 21st, 2009
"I miss my firstborn more than words can say. It is hard for me to understand why he had to go so soon. Mom"
Dorothy Taberna
June 18th, 2009
"I am really missin' Dave today. I wanted to send him a message but the reality of knowing he isn't on the other side to read it is overwhelming. There will be no more random messages in my inbox telling me what a great day 01/19/1975 was."
Jacki Alexander
June 17th, 2009

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