David Mark Means, age 62, of Garland, Texas, returned to the Lord on June 11th, at 1:29 AM. David was diagnosed in May 2011 with Stage 4 liver cancer and was given only 6 months to live; however, by God's Grace, David was blessed with an additional 10 years with his loved ones.
David was a true testament of a God-fearing Christian, loving and caring husband, devoted father, grandfather, and friend. A kid at heart, he was always full of energy and life; his sense of humor was unmatched. He never failed to make you laugh, and you never left his company without a smile. He was loved by all who knew him because of his gift for making you feel special.
David was born May 15, 1955. He joined the Army right out of high school in 1972 and retired as Master Sergeant from the Air Force in 1994. He then went on to the trucking industry as an owner-operator for approximately 20 years. After retiring from the trucking industry, he went on to do many things, including getting his Associate's Degree in Computer Engineering, doing missionary work in Ghana, Africa, serving in the Texas State Guard for 1 year, working for CASA "Court Appointed Special Advocates" of Collin County, being a church counselor, and working for Homeland Security. He was never one to sit still for long.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Maria Victoria Means; 3 children; Jason Means; Jeffrey Means and spouse, Jamie Means; Danielle Drissi-Means and spouse, Sal Drissi; 3 grandchildren; Myka, Dylan, and Chase; his sister, Darla Kerby; numerous brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews, and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Roland Mark Means and Doris Genevieve Birchler; sister, Sallie Kim Pennington, and sister, Kara Y. Means.
The visitation will be held on Sunday, June 27th, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Charles W. Smith & Son's Funeral Home, 2925 5th St., Sachse, Texas 75048.
A Celebration of David's life will be held on Monday, June 28th, at 10:00 AM at Charles W. Smith & Son's Funeral Home, 2925 5th St., Sachse, Texas 75048, with Pastor Bill Berkshier officiating. There will be a motorcade to the burial afterward. Internment will follow at 1:00 PM at the DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy., Dallas, Texas 75211. Flowers and condolences may be offered at 2925 5th St., Sachse, Texas 75048.
Donations can be given at https://gofund.me/eafb5782.