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“Aww David, I didn't know you well. I was friends with Wendy and you were her big brother. Other than the times I spent at your house with Wendy we...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Cindy Andler - Boise, ID

“Davey,I will forever hold onto the memories of us cousins as kids - playing the Dark Game, watching King Kong ( which scared me to death), playing in...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Cherie Burmeister

“I will miss you greatly my dear friend! You are in a better place now, no more pain and suffering! Rest In Peace my friend for you are in heaven...Read More »
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“Lyn, You and your family are in our prayers. ”
4 of 4 | Posted by: Wendy and David Bellamy - CA


David Wayne Colton was born May 12 1961 in Glendale, CA, the oldest of three children, to parents Arthur & Judith Colton. He passed away January 18, 2017 at age 55 at Tri City Medical Center in Oceanside, California when his heart stopped. He is survived by: his wife of 30 years, Lyn Colton, his daughter, Megan Sarah Miller, son-in-law, Shawn Thomas Miller, granddaughter Haley Jessica Miller, parents Art & Judee Colton, and his sister Wendy Michelle Colton. He was preceded in death by: his baby brother Michael Allen Colton, paternal grandparents Lyman and Velma Colton and maternal grandparents Robert and Teri Hoyt.
David accepted Christ into his life at Hume Lake Christian camp as a teenager and was a strong Christian throughout his life. He graduated from Santa Ynez High school in 1980 and started his career in construction as a carpenter working on custom homes in the Fess Parker Project and remodeling the historic Arlington Theater. He met his wife Lyn in 1982 in Santa Barbara and moved to San Diego where he became an electrician. Dave was a man of integrity and took pride in his work. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, son, brother, grandfather, mentor, leader, and friend. Dave had a heart of gold and would give a stranger the shirt off his back.
His daughter, Megan, was his pride and joy. He took an active role in her education and activities. He was a Girl Scout leader and sat on the service council as outdoor camping coordinator in charge of certifying and training all the troops in the district. He taught the girls the skills necessary to survive in the wilderness and how to think for themselves. He was known by teachers and students throughout the school as a leader and friend.
Dave constantly sought to better himself and he put his all into everything. He raised his daughter to be strong and independent. He taught her that dyslexia is a gift, not a curse and showed her that through hard work she could accomplish anything. He was so proud when Megan graduated as a massage therapist and began her career in a field that she loved.
When Megan married Shawn, he was grateful she had found someone who made her happy and who adored and loved her as much as Dave did. He thought of Shawn as a son and a man's man, who would go to the moon and back and be there for his little girl. Dave was never happier than the day his granddaughter, Haley was born. He loved taking Haley to the park and pushing her on the swing. "Higher Grandpa, higher" were words he could never hear enough.
David had a way of knowing what people needed, when they were hurting physically or emotionally, and he would be there offering support, comfort, and words of wisdom. He often would be on the phone or on Facebook deep in conversation with a friend in need.
Dave dearly loved all his dogs, especially Little Bear, Dakota & Kodiak and they adored and respected him. He treated them like family and they showered him with puppy kisses. He is the only person who has ever been given a kiss from Kodiak.
Dave made an impact on everyone he touched and we are better people from knowing him. He was a gentle giant with a black cowboy hat and a cowboy heart, who will be forever missed and loved by all. Rest in peace David, fly with the angels. You are now in God's kingdom.
There will be a memorial service for David at the Oceanside Mortuary Chapel, 602 South Coast Highway, Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 1:00 pm.
Anyone wishing to make a donation in David's memory may do so to:

The Oceanside Campus of the
San Diego Humane Society
2905 San Luis Rey Road
Oceanside, CA 92058
760-757-4357