In Memory

David Page

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10/23/10 12:02 PM #1    

Arthur Neighbor

David Page was an inspiration to me during my Tech years. Although I was a member of the Class of "61", it was David who taught me the true value of being a fair kind person relative to all I encountered throughout life.

As a junior member of the Drill Team in ROTC, it was David who utilized his personal time to tutor me in some of the more intricate rifle manipulations required. He was always a very kind, patient, well meaning fine decent fellow to a number of us who were new to the system.

On weekends David, owning a car would gather together anywhere from four to six of us he had taken under his wing and off we'd go to ride horses off Redwood Road for the day. Great fun....those being the days where for 50 cents to one dollar one could ride for hours in the Oakland Hills. The area now known as Ridgemont, Crestmont, Merritt College and full of newer homes, townhouses etc! near Lincoln Square Shopping Center of today; 2010.

David also volunteered the basement of his home via his parents approval for a number of Drill Team parties, which were always a good wholesome lesson in social activity. Guys and their girlfriends dancing, interacting with each other, etc! where one such as I (two years younger) was treated as an equal by all...another valuable life lesson learned.

David joined the United States Marines Corps after High School and served his Country in active service for three years... active reserve for an additional four years, receiving his honorable discharge in 1967. As I was entering service (Army) in 1965, it was David who advised me of what I would run into and what to watch out for.

Although I lost track of David after my return from Vietnam, I have never forgotten the ultra positive influence David had upon my life and thinking. In particular, the idea, that age was unimportant, it was demeanor, deeds and character that really mattered. May God continue to bless him, and may he forever rest in the eternal peace of God's hands.

I have thought of you often, and I shall miss you my old friend. You taught me so much in my youth and were wise well beyond your years. 

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