June 3, 1946 ~ March 23, 2020

Born in: Pocatello, Idaho
Resided in: Denver, Colorado

David Masami Kusuda, 73, passed away peacefully in Denver, Colorado, on March 23, 2020.

He was born June 3, 1946, in Pocatello, Idaho. He grew up in Ogden, Utah, graduated from Bonneville High School and attended Weber State University. He graduated from Regis University with a business degree and his employment in the financial services arena included Citicorp, First Data, Western Union and QC Holdings.

He is survived by his mother Aiko Kusuda, his wife Donna (Richards) Kusuda, his brothers Robert (Michelle), Keith and Michael (Debbie), his step-son, Steve Gard (Melissa), his step-daughter Debbie Gard Conley, and his granddaughters Vivien and Hannah Elliott. He was preceded in death by his father, Jimmy Kusuda.

Dave was a model of hard work, dedication, honor and integrity. He was a loving husband, son, brother and uncle to many nieces and nephews. He was a devoted father and grandfather, an avid golfer and an animal lover. He will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know him.

A private burial will be held at Fort Logan Cemetery in Denver, Colorado. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. Please send memorial contributions in his name to the Dumb Friends League, ATTN: Memorial Donations – 2080 S. Quebec Street, Denver, CO 80231.

You can leave a comment as condolence for his family below, or send a physical card that Horan & McConaty can forward onto the family at:

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Denver, CO 80246

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  1. What a better epitaph than to say he was a good husband, father, grandfather and friend. Those who were privileged to know him are blessed and better because of it.

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  2. Dave volunteered at an animal shelter where I used to work. He was so magnetic and engaging. I loved running into him at the shelter because talking to David made you feel like the only person in the world. His charm was contagious. He was the type who could boost your spirits and make you feel upbeat no matter what might be on your mind. I am so sorry that he passed and I wanted to say that I am lucky I met him. I truly hope to be like him some day.

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  3. I was so fortunate to get to know Dave. I will miss our time together. He was a wonderful and caring man. He was called way to soon. Rest In Peace my friend.

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  4. Grew up with David as my neighbor and friend weather at the ping pong basketball or tennis I always enjoyed David as a companion and friend and would have liked to have seen him again as well as play some golf with him and his wife my sincere condolences to you Donna !! GOD BLESS!

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  5. I will really miss having Dave as a neighbor and talking with him about anything under the sun! His lovely disposition and sense of fun made him a delight to be around. Rest in peace, Dave.

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  6. What higher honor than to be kind. Dave was that and more. His ready smile and delightful sense of humor brought joy to all who knew him. My deepest sympathy to Donna and all his family.

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  7. To dear Donna and family,
    You and David were a fun couple, a good team. Our two Davids would just sit back and wind you and me up when we could get the four of us together…Much laughter ensued!
    And his hair!!!! We can’t forget his amazing hair…You know, we will still always be there for you, Donna.
    Our Blessings and peace – Barb, David Jeff, Katy and families

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  8. It was fortunate that I was given the opportunity to spend some time of my teenage year with Dave as exchange student. The meaning becomes even bigger and have impacted on my life. My deepest thanks to him.
    From Tokyo, Japan

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  9. I met Dave three years ago when I started volunteering at the Denver Dumb Friends League. At that time we both worked the Information Desk. I will never forget his helpfulness and kindness in showing & teaching me. All who met him have been blessed. He always had a cheerful disposition and smile. I will always be thankful that I was blessed to know him.

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  10. I volunteered with Dave since 2015 when he started volunteering at the Dumb Friends. Our paths always crossed on Mondays. It was a pleasure knowing Dave. He sounds like a wonderful human bean.

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  11. Dave when I remember him only makes me smile. An amazing intellect, an amazing artist, a caring husband and father and friend. Rest In Peace.

    Linda and Tom Kaufmann

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  12. I never had the pleasure of meeting Dave, but I do know that Donna adored him. Reading all the tributes, I can only say I feel cheated that I did not know him. It is rare that we find that one true love in our life and I believe that person for Donna was Dave. My love and prayers go to Donna and families of both Dave and Donna. Rest In Peace, Dave.

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  13. Donna, my heart, prayers and love go out to you and your family in the loss of David. I have thought about you both alot over the last three years, since I have been in Tucson. I always loved talking and seeing you both when I worked as Supervisor at the gatehouse of CCCC. Take care of you sweetie!❤🤗

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  14. Donna, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family in this especially difficult time.

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  15. Thanks for the BBQ pork ribs, Dave. I am sorry we didn’t get to spend more times like that together. I will do what I can to help Donna through these hard times. You will be missed so much by her and very much by many.

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  16. Dave was a caring and friendly neighbor, and I will miss him. My heartfelt thoughts are with Donna and the entire family.

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  17. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers during this very sad time. Dave was such a wonderful friend who will be greatly missed.

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  18. Dave was my Golfing Buddy. For years we played on Wednesday Mornings. When I suggested other days to play, he wouldn’t because he was busy volunteering at the Dumb Friends facility or the Emily Griffith Opportunity School. Weekends were reserved for Family. Dave was a Good Man and gave back to the Community.
    I will miss Dave and the bantering about how many strokes he should give me in our game.
    Phyl and I send our sincere condolences to Donna and the Family.

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  19. Dave was one of the greatest friends I had; he was also the best-dressed fellow I ever knew. We’ve been friends from the time he worked for Citicorp. While he’s physically gone, he’s still here with me just like my departed mom and dad (who also loved being with Dave). May he rest in peace and may light perpetual shine upon him. The al fresco picture of him is perfect. Savoir faire all the way.

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  20. Dave was bright, funny, kind. I knew Dave for a long time and even if you hadn’t seen him for a while you could always pick up where you left off—the mark of a true friend. He will be missed by many.

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  21. I was saddened to learn that Dave had passed away. I knew Dave through Dumb Friends League. He was a kind and compassionate man and dedicated volunteer. My condolences to Donna and the rest of Dave’s family and friends. He will be missed at DFL.

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  22. My heart goes out to the family of such a special man. I had the pleasure of his friendship at Dumb Friends League and my day was always a little brighter if he was there. RIP, Dave, until we meet again. Gone, but never forgotten in our hearts.

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  23. You will be greatly missed, Dave. May your family find peace. You always were a compassionate employee and may you continue to be surrounded by all the loving pets on the other side of the rainbow bridge!

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  24. Donna, I am so very sorry to hear about Dave. I hope you’ll take comfort in a lifetime of wonderful memories.

    Eileen Talty

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  25. Dave, who I thought was so cool when my mom started dating him and he let me drive his Toyota Supra hot rod when I was 15.
    Since then he became my second Dad, though the road may have been bumpy during my teen years, he taught me how to live with integrity and responsibly. I had hoped to take care of him in his later years, as a daughter does, and have him see Vivien or Hannah marry. His light and spirit was lifted lifted from us too soon. I will miss you forever. The impact you had on my life is everlasting ❤️ I love you Papa.

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  26. To the Kusuda family,
    It is with great sadness that I learned of David’s passing. I am so sorry that he was taken from you so suddenly. I hope you are doing better yourself. I made a donation in his memory to the Dumb Friends League. Please take care.
    I’m Kimi Takechi’s youngest daughter.

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  27. I had the honor of singing at Donna and Dave’s wedding and knew then what a special man Dave was. So much love to Donna and all of his loved ones who are missing him and feeling a void from his absence.

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  28. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family Donna. Even though I only met him once or twice, it was obvious what a special person he was by the sparkle in your eyes when you spoke of him.

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  29. Donna, my condolences go out to you and your family. You are in my thoughts. Treasure your memories and hold Dave in your heart.

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  30. Donna, I’m so very sorry for your loss. I never met Dave, but from what I’m reading, he was absolutely wonderful. I’m sure you’ll miss him terribly, but I hope the sweet memories make things a little easier for you. Sending you my love.
    Beatriz

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  31. We are deeply saddened by the news of Dave passing. He was a good husband, stepfather, grandfather, and awesome friend who set an excellent example for others. We know there is nothing we can say to ease the pain, but please accept our condolences and may our prayers help comfort you and hasten the journey of his soul to Heaven.

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  32. To the Kusada Family: David was a neighbor, a friend, and a golfing buddy. I don’t believe we ever saw David without a smile on his face. He was a genuine caring man who loved his family and friends . He was a very serious man who had the best sense of humor…nice combination. Donna was the love of his life and I know that David knew she felt the same way about him.
    Rest in Peace, dear David, many people are missing you and you can be sure that you will never be forgotten.
    Our Deepest Condolences,
    Claire & John

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  33. I met Dave shortly after Donna first dated him. Her taste was impeccable and I was so thrilled to be a witness to their love and a guest in their home through the years. He was clever and honest and a real gentleman in every way. My greatest regret in leaving Denver was not being able to spend quality time with Donna, Dave, Debbie, and Steve in the past 30 years. They have been and will continue to be a part of some of my best memories in Colorado. Donna was blessed, and so was Dave. Love and respect to the family that reflects the best in all of our lives. We are all lucky to have them as friends, work partners, and acquaintances.

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