David J. Summers went home to the Lord with his wife by his side on June 12, 2023. He was born January 16, 1956 in Moorhead, Minnesota to Delores (Hanson) and John Summers. As a young adult, he pursued a nursing education and career in western Minnesota. Then, in 1988, Dave challenged himself once again by moving to Arizona and acquiring an HVAC certification. The training kicked off his career with the state of Arizona as the Facilities Director of the Arizona Supreme Court, which was where he met Kelly, the love of his life. Dave served for 30 years in his role with the courts until his retirement in 2020. Also, during his time in Arizona, Dave used his healthcare background to become a certified EMT supporting the Happy Jack volunteer fire department.
Dave developed a love of adventure for the great outdoors at a young age. Along with friends and family, he shared summertime fun on the water along with winter activities including snowmobiling and ice fishing. In Arizona, he and Kelly built a cabin in the beautiful northern pines, where they spent weekends enjoying nature and wildlife. Dave loved riding his Harley Davidson and going on deep sea fishing excursions. He and Kelly traveled all over the United States often to explore parks, visit friends and family, and to spend time in the outdoors. When he retired in 2020, Dave was ready to return to beautiful western Minnesota to spend time with his sons, granddaughter, brothers and longtime friends. It was in Ottertail where he and Kelly built their home on the river and immersed themselves in nature each day. Dave spent his final days at home with his loved ones following a brief illness.
Dave was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. His generosity, humor, and adventurous spirit will live on through countless stories and memories of experiences shared with family and friends.
Surviving Dave are his wife Kelly; his sons Joshua, Jason, and Jeremy (Emily) and their brother Adam; granddaughter Savanna; brothers John (Rachelle) and Thomas (Gwen); nephews Caden (Megan) with great-nieces Ryan, Maren, and Karsyn and Reid (Reilee).
Preceding Dave in death were his parents; his brother Eugene; and Kelly’s son Conner.
Visitation will be 4:00-7:30 p.m. with a Memorial Service at 6:30 on Wednesday, June 21 at Schoeneberger Funeral & Cremation Service in Perham.
Schoeneberger Funeral & Cremation Service, Perham, MN (218) 346-5175 www.schoenebergerfh.com