KALISPELL - David James Himsl, 52, of Kalispell, passed away Dec. 20, 2008, at the home of his parents, Erna and Bernard Himsl of Edmond, Okla., where he was undergoing treatment for multiple myeloma.
He is survived by his wife of almost 30 years, Susan; his daughters, Lily and Lucy; and his son, Max. In addition, he is survived by his younger brothers, Mark and his wife Sandy of Colbert, Ga., Chris and his wife Marilyn of Carlisle, Pa., Mike and his wife Carolyn of Anchorage, Alaska; and his sister Vikki Smith and her husband Keith of Williamsburg, Va. David is also survived by seven nieces and nephews and by numerous Reichenbach aunts, uncles and cousins of Billings and equally numerous Himsl relatives of Washington State and Kalispell.
David was born in Billings on Feb. 22, 1956, and raised in many different U.S. states, Germany, and Spain as the son of a career Air Force Noncommissioned Officer. After graduating high school from Liverpool High School, Liverpool, N.Y., David returned to Billings, where he graduated from Eastern Montana College. Shortly after graduation, he and bride Susan moved to Kalispell. Over the course of 30 years, he sold tires, managed a laundry, owned a newspaper delivery service and worked as a finish carpenter.
David's passion for his family, rugby and youth soccer made him a valued member of the Flathead community. David served on the Flathead Youth Soccer board, officiated many soccer games, and acted as a referee recruiter, supporting the 800 young athletes playing soccer in the Flathead Valley. David's irrepressible personality and enthusiasm for life warmed all those that met him.
There are no services planned at this time for David. There will be a memorial service celebrating his life in the spring of 2009 when the rugby pitches and soccer fields turn green.
In lieu of flowers, please support the Flathead Soccer Club Concession Stand Fundraiser at http://www.flatheadsoccer.org or 50 Second St. E., Suite 125, Kalispell, MT 59901, 406-257-6631.