David Gilbert Gurule-Gallegos, the ninth child of Solomon & Rafelita Gallegos was born August 7, 1949 in Nyssa, Oregon. He was baptized in American Falls, Idaho and received his 1st Communion & Confirmation at the St Bridget’s Catholic Church in Nyssa, Oregon.
He attended Nyssa schools and then enlisted in the Armed Forces – Army branch, July 8, 1966 through April 26, 1969. He was stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington / Fort Orr, California / Fort Bragg, Georgia / Fort Benning, Georgia and deployed to Viet Nam for 1 year 7 months and 22 days. David earned the following metals while in Vietnam for three tours:
NDSM, National Defense Service Military
VCM, Vietnam Campaign Metal
VSM, Vietnam Service Metal
3 O/S Bars, Overseas Service Bars
ABM, Anti-Ballistic Missile
CIB/FW, Combat Infantrymen Badge. Fighter Wings
Mk 14 Mod O EBR (Enhanced Battle Rifle)
Mk 16 Assault Rifle
Mk 79 Single-Shot 40mm Grenade Launcher
Mk 60 Machine Gun
David and Lori Cleaver were together since 1989. On April 6, 2007 they were married at their home in Boise. David was Lori’s “Little Mexican Macho Man”.
David was one of fifteen children, Brothers: Anthony (LaRue) of Blackfoot, Idaho; Solomon “Shorty” (Gloria), of Denver, Colorado; Paul of Pingree, Idaho; Philip (Linda) & Leroy of Nyssa, Oregon.
Sisters: Martha Silva of San Benito, Texas; Theresa (Hector) Osuna of Alamo, Texas; Rose of Forest Grove, Oregon; Elvie (Ruben) Gonzales of Nyssa, Oregon. Son: Christopher (Ileana) Stover and two grandchildren, Amaya Janette & Adrian Jon of Phoenix, Arizona; and 152 nephews and nieces.
David Passed away on January 31, 2017 at home in Boise, Idaho after suffering from a stroke.
He was preceded in death by: Father, Solomon (1962) & Mother, Rafelita (2006); Brothers: Eddie “Husky” (1967), Billy (2014) & Bobby (2014); Sisters: Dorina “Cookie” (2004), Lena (2010) & RoseMarie (2011); Brother-in-law Jose Silva (2014); Sister-in-laws: Joyce Hightower-Gallegos (1990) & Jeanie Larson (2014); Nephew Terry Gallegos (2009); Nieces: Melissa Snow (2009), Annette Apodaca (2013) & Stephanie Thompson (2014)
David loved helping people which didn’t apply to just family but also to others. He would seek out the homeless and at times bring them home with him to feed and have them help out with his yard work and then pay them for sitting around talking instead of working. One of David’s greatest loves were his dogs. If you ever visited his home his dogs would surely greet you at the door barking enthusiastically. Cholo, Gypsy & JR will be totally lost without their master.
David had a great personality and loved to make people laugh. He would keep us entertained for hours. In fact, he was downright crazy, and this is said with the greatest love. Throughout the years, David was videotaped by family acting out his story telling adventures which were filled with a creative imagination. His family always thought that David should have pursued a career as a standup comedian.
Anyone knowing David would probably have not only one but many stories to tell. David will be truly missed by many!
SERVICE IS SCHEDULE FOR FEBRUARY 4, 2017
St. Bridget Catholic Church @ 1:00pm
Fifth St and Locust Ave
504 Locust Ave
Nyssa, OR 97913
Nyssa Senior Center @ 2:00pm
316 Good Ave,
Nyssa, OR 97913