October 23, 1960 ~ January 9, 2019

Born in: Waterloo, Iowa
Resided in: Broomfield, Colorado

David Charles Platz “Slick”, 58, of Broomfield, Colorado passed away on January 9, 2019. He was born October 23,1960 at St Francis Hospital in Waterloo, IA. The eldest of four siblings, he grew up with his parents, Herb and Norma Platz, in a place he considered heaven on earth, Dyersville, IA. As the saying goes in the movie “The Field of Dreams” (which is actually IN Dyersville) – “Is this heaven?” – “No, it’s Iowa”.

David loved absolutely everything about Dyersville, and throughout his life would proudly tell anyone about it: the rolling green hills, the 8 feet of topsoil. In Iowa he became a true outdoorsman – and developed a love of hunting, fishing and exploring. His parents owned the Platz’s gas station, and he attended St. Francis Xavier Elementary School, where he made friends that lasted a lifetime. And, just like almost everyone in his Iowa circle of friends, David had a nickname: His was “Slick” named so because of the way he slicked his hair when young and after the cartoon character “Tom Slick”. Even today, many people don’t know his real name.

When David was just 13, he lost his dad, Herb. In 1979, he traveled with Kate McGuire to Aurora, CO., where their son, Josh, was born. In Colorado, David developed a deep love for the Colorado Mountains and plains. He bought a motorcycle, which took him exploring all of Colorado, where he spent time hiking, fishing, and camping. He also developed a love for his many teams and teammates playing; volleyball, softball, flag football, basketball … just about anything that he could play, or get people to play with him.

His wife Jill and son Nathan came into his life in the early 1990s. He and Jill worked in the lumber and buildings materials business, a business David was involved in for almost 40 years, primarily as a skilled salesman. A natural charmer, sales was the perfect match for David, given the way he could connect with almost anyone, melt defenses with his laughter, and turn strangers into instant friends. He once followed a man for two miles to a gas station just to say something to him about his Iowa bumper stick. He was always looking for ways that he could connect to people … and he was very successful at it. His family joked that David’s story-telling was “show and tell” style, since he always had something he wanted to share, and would share with anyone who was willing to listen.

In 1998, David and Jill’s son Darin was born into the family, and when the two boys started playing elementary baseball and volleyball, David – always ready to play and teach others how to play – jumped in to coach. During these years, David was also blessed with three grandchildren, Tyler, Jenna, and Grady.

With Jill, in the home they shared together for 23 years in Broomfield, CO, David enjoyed time with his family and their large garden where he raised bees and “manufactured soil” so he could grow Iowa sweet corn and many other vegetables. In Broomfield, David developed rich, decades-old relationships with neighbors, who when they weren’t visiting were likely to spot him riding his John Deere tractor, or playing baseball and basketball with any and every kid who would. David also spent many hours in his barn converted into a woodshop. His wife Jill said her husband was “mechanically-minded” and could spend hours taking apart an engine, and putting it back together again. He relished figuring out and fixing everything.

He also had a great passion for music, and was often like an encyclopedia of music, naming the titles of obscure bands – an interest he passed along to his sons Josh and Darin, and grandson Tyler. He was also the beloved coach of many Girls High School Volleyball teams, known not only for his skill of the game, but for his ability to offer cheer and encouragement to his young players.

Those who knew him knew David as someone who strived to live life to its fullest – he absolutely loved to play (and get other people to play with him, and “teach” them how to play), and he never stopped exploring, looking for new interests. He never stopped trying to make people smile, and to join him in loving and enjoying this life we’ve been given.

Visitation will be Monday, January 14, 2019 from 11am-12:30pm followed by a Funeral Service at 12:30pm at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 900 West Midway Boulevard, Broomfield. David will be going home to Dyersville, Iowa to be interred.

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Visitation: January 14, 2019 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church
900 West Midway Boulevard
Broomfield, CO 80020


Funeral Service: January 14, 2019 12:30 pm

Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church
900 West Midway Boulevard
Broomfield, CO 80020


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  1. Our Families thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. Dave and I have known each other since Kindergarten and so many great memories over the years. May you rest in peace my friend.

  2. So sad when we heard this. Now you may have a little pull to get those Cubs in the World Series again. Go Cubs. God bless and RIP.
    Randy and Lori Digmann

  3. Our most sincere sympathy to Dave’s family for your loss. Prayers are being offered. The Gabriel Family. God bless.

  4. One of the best volleyball coaches I ever had. Such a good and goofy man. You will be missed Coach Platz. Prayers and love for the family.

  5. We became instant friends when I wore an Iowa Hawkeye shirt at kindergarten drop-off for Darin & Sami. Throughout the years we had many good laughs and fun times at school events and coaching middle school volleyball together. Well, you & the others coached – I was there as comedy relief and corralling the team. We will miss discussing fishing stories with you. Everyone loved having you as a friend because you had such a great love of people & great personality. You will truly be missed by all your family, friends and the hundreds of volleyball players you impacted throughout the years. Many prayers to Jill, Nathan, Darin and your entire family. – Much love from Jill, Bernie, Hannah & Sami Smith

  6. David, did you hear about the piece of string that went into the bar? A frayed knot! You were an inspiration to many kids as a coach and parent! You were a great friend to many! We will miss you but know through our faith that we will meet again. All of our thoughts and prayers to your family as we know how difficult this will be for them. Until we meet again buddy…..

  7. Rest in peace Uncle Dave. You’ll be missed forever but never forgotten! Thank you for all the amazing memories you made with Dad and Lindsey and me. We will cherish our memories!! ❤

  8. Our deepest sympathies are with the whole family during this most difficult time! We are sending all our Love and Hugs your way for peace and comfort.
    May you Rest In Peace Slick, and know you are in our daily prayers.
    Love, The Sterlings

  9. Prayers to “slick’s” family. I babysat for him many many years, and reconnected with him through the Gartner boys. I very kind man. God bless

  10. Such an amazing and caring person and volleyball coach. I can still hear him saying “laser sharp focus” and remember fighting over baseball teams with him. Rest in peace, coach platz.

  11. Coaching and playing volleyball with David was so fun until The Creekers started suffering injuries..ACL, back issue, neck surgery, achilles and my multiple broken nails🙄. My life was truly blessed having known David as a good friend.

  12. So many fun memories. Volleyball was one of our commonalities. We played the geeb, we loved the Hawkeyes! Your jokes were hilarious and you made everyone smile around you. Your presence will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace

  13. To David’s family,
    David just joined our volleyball team and I met him for the first time playing on January 9. He was our bigger hitter and blocker and I was so excited to have someone like David on our team. He had a positive attitude, fun personality and a kind person. I shook his big strong hand before leaving the gym, and even though I only had one experience with David, I will always remember his smile and passion for life. My condolences to his family.

  14. David was a sincere member of my Shinkara Legends volleyball extended family…
    I actually met him many, many years ago when he came to some drop-in
    volleyball as a young athlete wanting to become a stronger player…
    He was excited to join our roster for this current season & told me that the
    advice from our initial meetings helped him better his overall skills…
    His always positive & sincere interactions with teammates shows excellent sportsmanship…
    I’m sure that his Family and my Team ( Tom, Sheila, Nanci, Paco, Dave, Jim, Joe, Rich )
    knows that David is proud of his sports life !

  15. David and Jill,
    you have always been a shining example of positivity and kindness. I will cherish the fun times we have had at various engagements and I am so glad we got the chance to spend most the night chatting at Kevin and Debs for Christmas. All things happen for a reason we cannot explain or hope to understand, but I know David is rejoicing in Heaven and I am sure he is already planning his first “Holy Hunt”.
    He was always so positive, comical and had an endless energy about him. I don’t think I ever heard him say anything bad about anyone. He was Definitely one of the good ones! We were discussing to go out on a Pheasant hunt this month and sadly I won’t get to share that time with him like in the past, but I thank God Terri and I got to spend time with him before that.
    He was truly a blessing to all that know him and WE WILL NOT FORGET YOU DAVID.
    Your memory will live on as long as we do. Save some game for me up there buddy. Until we meet again and God Speed my friend!

  16. It was so much fun to watch David coach volleyball. He loved the game, the kids, and he gave it his ALL! Always with a smile! What a great man! Our prayers and thoughts are with the family at this difficult time. With much love and care.

  17. It is because of David that both Brandon and Brittany love the game of volleyball. Your passion for the game was contagious to anyone who had the pleasure of being around you. Your big bear hugs and beaming smile will leave a hole. Thank you for making Brandon part of your family for so many years. It is time he will always treasure. To Jill, Darin and the rest of the Family, our thought and prayers are with you all.
    With love Mark, Teri, Brandon, and Brittany Floyd

  18. We are saddened to say goodbye to such an incredible human being. Our family has nothing but tremendous respect for such a true friend, talented coach, and dedicated family man. He remains an inspiration to many and he will be missed every day. We wish comfort and God’s grace to his wonderful family as they go through this very sad time.

    Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers,

    Rick, Suzie, Michael, Stevie and Johnnie

  19. I’m saddened by the news of David. He was always such a kind man, easy to talk to and always fun to be around. I’ve never heard a bad word about him. My thoughts and prayers are with you Jill, and the rest of your family. May he Rest In Peace.
    With love

  20. Our hearts are broken by the passing of David and for his family. He was always full of energy and just a fun person to be around. He was a great role model as a coach for Darin’s (and all of the boys’) Nativity basketball and baseball teams. Dan loved coaching with him, and Zach loved playing for him. We will always cherish the memories we shared with him and we hope that his family can find comfort in knowing how much joy he brought to everyone he met. May your fond memories of him give you all strength during this difficult time.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with his wonderful family.

    Sending our love,

    Dan, Cathy, Zach, Jacob, and Kaylee

  21. I will miss David immensely. David was so kind and caring, he always had a smile, a warm hug and a true interest in the wellbeing and happiness of his friends and family. I will be forever grateful to him for the kindness and patience he showed my elderly parents. The last time I saw David was at my fathers funeral, just two months ago. I hope he and my Dad are having a laugh together and analyzing Brenna’s latest basketball game. All my love to Jill and her family. I’m so thankful you got to experience this wonderful man, although not long enough, he will be forever in your hearts.


  22. Jill and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sadness. We have such wonderful memories of watching games with Dave and talking about hunting in Iliff.
    He will be missed.
    Jim and Jody Gilmer

  23. Coach Platz was our daughter’s volleyball coach at Nativity. He was a great coach and such a dear person to volunteer his time to help guide young people. Such sad news to learn of his passing, our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  24. Jill and family,my heart is breaking for you and your family.David was one of the kindest souls I’ve ever met and he and his warm smile and heart will be missed, sending you hugs,prayers and much love. God Bless you all, love Shelly Martin Anderson

  25. My sinsere condolences to the Platz family. I had the pleasure of playing volleyball with Dave for several years in the 80’s, and he loved the game. His smile and laugh will be remembered as much as his desire to win. Rip Dave, from the entire team of “Tequila Sunrise”. Glen, John, Mike, Kevin, & Paul.

  26. We were fortunate to meet Coach Platz last spring as he coached our daughter’s Varsity Volleyball team with Coach Regalado at Nativity. With a smile that never ended, he led the girls and taught them to believe in themselves. He will truly be missed and we send our thoughts and prayers to him, his family, and all those he touched. – Jennifer, Hal, Alyson, and Aidan

  27. My memories are of going to Jethro Thule, Who & John Melenkamp concert in Boulder. Pig roast that Jill & Slick did for many years. Always a great time & a lot of food. Never forget the time Slick, Bob & Neal took a road trip in my new van at the time and ended up in the median. Bob & Neal fell asleep. Slick was driving and dozed off, fortunately everyone was wide awake after that. The many games of softball & fun times. Will miss your smile. Love you Slick.

  28. Jill & Family
    Our sincere condolences of the sudden passing of David. He truly will be missed by his Family & Friends.
    Sending Hugs, Love, & Prayers!

    Jean & Lawrence

  29. Dearest Jill and family,
    Our love, support and thoughts are with you during this difficult time. We are deeply blessed to have had Slick as a close friend in our lives. He supported, encouraged and inspired so many people to love, play, laugh and enjoy life everyday!
    Rest in peace Slick 💝
    Love Always, Kevin and Deborah Winters

  30. So sorry to hear this news. We have many fond and fun memories from the Nativity and Holy Family days. David will be missed by many. May Gods peace be with the family at this difficult time.

  31. I am so sorry to hear about David. It was a pleasure to meet and see David and Jill again. I so enjoyed our conversation at Kevin and Deb’s Christmas Party this past year. Russell and I talked about hunting and how I went Antelope Hunting for the first time. David then said maybe we should all go Pheasant Hunting. I said that would be fun. Had a great time listening to David and Russell talk and laugh, and then Jill and I talking. You will definitely be missed.

  32. David was the most happy-go-lucky guy I’ve ever met and spread so much cheer and laughter around the office. David always had a story to tell; he was a big traveller, foodie, and Cubs fan so we never had a shortage of things to talk about!

  33. Sending our love and prayers to Jill and family. May David rest peacefully in the loving arms of our Lord.
    Richard and Mary Jane Lilly

  34. Will always remember those eyes. Smiling and mischievous, yet so inviting. Truly one of a kind. With the biggest Heart we’ve ever known. Will always remember him that way! Our prayers are with you Jill, Darin, and family.

  35. David will always be rembered as a kind, but humorous soul. I feel blessed to have known him, and to have experienced his genuine smile. Lots of love & prayers to you, Jill, Darin, Nathan, your whole family & the many many friends. My heart breaks for you, but I know David is looking down upon you, and will be watching over you until you meet again.

  36. Dear Jill and Family,
    So sorry to hear of David’s sudden passing. Although my time with David was limited, he certainly made me laugh; what a great sense of humor David had!! Sending my love and prayers to you, Jill. Lean on your wonderful family during this very difficult time. I hope to speak with you soon.


  37. I met Dave in 1983 and have treasured our friendship so much over the years. He was always a joy to be around and we shared a lot of great hunting and fishing adventures. I particularly loved the many bow hunts we did back in the day. He was the best turkey hunter I have ever known! RIP my friend. We will all miss you dearly, and will treasure the memories of time spent with you forever.

  38. Jill and Family;

    So sorry to learn of David’s sudden passing, and for not being able to attend the funeral mass. Will keep you and all of the family in our thoughts and prayers. Great picture. May his soul rest in peace.

  39. My thoughts and prayers are with Dave’s family. I hold many fond memories of conversations and laughter about volleyball coaching experiences.
    God speed, friend!

  40. My deepest condolences to the friends and family of David. May your treasured memories bring you joy, and may ‘the God of all comfort’ give you strength, along with a measure of peace for your grieving hearts at this most difficult time.
    2 Corinthians 1:3

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