March 10, 1940 ~ November 15, 2019

Born in: Detroit , Michigan
Resided in: Denver, Colorado

David was born in the suburb of Detroit, and graduated from Michigan State University. He entered the Army as a second lieutenant, and after Infantry and airborne school, trained recruits for Vietnam. After being discharged, he worked two years for the Ford Motor Company, and five years for The Dunlop Tire Company. He then opened a tire store in Denver, which he ran while attending The University of Denver Law School. Upon passing the bar, he practiced law and was involved in several businesses. His primary activity for more than 40 years, was managing commercial properties which he had built. Because of his interest in cars, and his work with Ford and Dunlop, he was especially interested in auto service buildings.

David had type 1 diabetes, and served on the board of the Colorado Affiliate of the American Diabetes Association. At one point he was both President and Chairman of the Board.

From his first marriage David had two daughters, Laura Burke and Juliet Burke. He was very proud of both daughters. David’s marriage to Jeanne Gates brought three step children into his life, Joe Gates, Scott Gates and Dawn Hess. Between them, David & Jeanne had 7 grandchildren, Kelly Stout, Anthony Stout, Athena Archuleta, Wyatt Hess, Easton Gates and Porter Gates. David always said that he was truly happy and content with his life. There will be no public funeral service.

Memories Timeline


  1. Jeanne, we are so sorry to learn of David’s death. (saw in the newspaper) We had so many good years dancing with the Carousel Club and visiting with you two (and Tom and Wendy). These are sad times with many dear friends no longer with us. Please know we are thinking of you and hope you are surrounded by your loved ones.

  2. So sorry to hear af Dave’s passing. He was a classmate from elementary grades through Highschool graduation. My condolences to his wife and family.

  3. David and I met in 7th grade and where friends through graduation. In a 7th grade class project. David and I were part of a skit about a tv show (The Show With A Heart, Warren Hull was the host}. I was afraid to speak in front of a crowd, David encouraged me and helped me to get through it. I never was ab!e to talk in front of a crowd the rest of my high school days. Gone too soon. God bless his soul.

  4. David and I attended high School together. He was always smiling and, unlike myself and most of the people I know, he never had an unkind word to say about anyone. My mother was a Burke and, though it is a common name, I always wondered if we were related. I would have be proud if it was so.


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