David W. Park


David Wayne Park, age 67, Jefferson, died unexpectedly Friday at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation surrounded by his family.
He was born October 29, 1951 in Geneva, the son of Leslie W. & Beverly J. (Hunt) Park and has been an area resident all of his life other than living in Florida from 1973-76. David was a 1970 graduate of Jefferson Area High School. He was married to Helen M. Robison on October 28, 1972 in Austinburg. David retired from the State of Ohio Department of Transportation in 2015 and from the Ashtabula Co. Dept. of Environmental Services earlier this year. He was a member of the AFSCME Union. He formerly operated DWP Concrete and Park Livestock Hauling.
David was an active and proud Democrat. He was a member of the Jefferson United Methodist Church, taking part in multiple John's Island Mission Trips. He always took an active part in 4-H with his children and grandchildren. He loved baseball, serving on the board and coaching in the Jefferson Area Little League, umpiring and a member of the NE Ohio Umpire's Association and OHSAA. He was one of the charter organizers of the Haven's Baseball Field Complex in Jefferson. He was a former member of the Jefferson Area Athletic Boosters. David was a fan of the Ohio State Buckeye and the Cleveland sport teams, especially the Indians. He loved riding his Harley and his greatest joy in life was being "Papa" to his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Helen, three children, Jeremy D. (Linda Courtney) Park of Jefferson, Eric L. (Tara) Park of Rock Hill, SC & Allison M. (Abram) Bartunek of Ashtabula; five grandchildren, Emily, Aaron, Eli, Loralei & Brynn; his mother, Beverly J. Park of Jefferson and four siblings, Rebecca J. Reese of Jefferson, Brian L. Park of Austinburg Twp., Thomas A. (Kelly) Park of Jefferson & Jacolyn Park Smith of Augusta, GA. His father, Leslie in 2015 and a grandson, Beckett Park in 2013 preceded him in death.
Memorial services will be held Wednesday at 11:00 AM at the Jefferson United Methodist Church, 125 E. Jefferson St., Jefferson with the Rev. Douglas Winner officiating.
Calling hours will be held Tuesday from 4-8 PM at the Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson. In lieu of flowers, the family strongly suggests memorial contributions to the Sanctuary of Friends Animal Rescue, 3828 Austinburg Rd., Ashtabula, OH 44004 or Habitat for Humanity, P. O. Box 1174, Ashtabula, OH 44005. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Homes and staff are honored to serve the David Park family, express condolences, view obituary or light a candle at fleming-billman.com.
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Melissa Sowry
Jul 30, 2019
Heaven got another boisterous Cleveland Sports fan. I smile thinking of Mr. Park and my Grandma Sowry now together cheering on their favorite teams. Mr. Park was someone I have many cherished memories of on our Johns Island trips and on the JAGS softball fields. He was the perfect balance of exuberant fun (can you just hear his laugh?) and hard work in all his passions. Thinking of the entire Park family and hoping the memories of a wonderful man and life are sustaining you through your grief. Thinking of you and sending my sympathies.
Melissa Sowry
Jul 30, 2019
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Mike and Debi Johnston
Jul 25, 2019
We will always remember Dave as a friend and a coach for many years. We are sorry to hear of his passing. Mike and I have lived in Warren for 13 years and sometimes do not receive the news until it is too late. Please take care and know that we are praying for your family. Our deepest sympathy.
Nancy Eldred
Jul 24, 2019
Helen & Family, you are in my thoughts and prayers at the most difficult time in your lives. I am so sorry for your loss. So many people are praying for all of you at this time. May you find comfort in knowing how great a man David was. He was a blessing to me!
Ron and Terri Kidder
Jul 24, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Dave was such a sweet soul and always had a smile on his face. He will be missed. So blessed to have known him. Jefferson just lost a treaure.
Pam Gran
Jul 24, 2019
I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.

Barbara and Joe Graham
Jul 22, 2019
Sending our Love to you, dear Helen ,Jeremy, Eric,Allison,and all your family.We'll remember Dave for his love of life,, his big laugh, and for always making you feel that he was genuinely happy to see you.
We are so sorry not to be there with you in your sorrow.
Love always,
Barb and Joe Graham
Sandi Febel and Terry Dolan
Jul 22, 2019
Dave will surely be missed. His bright smile and warm and sincere greetings always made our days better and brighter! . Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family ♡♡♡♡
Andy and Cassie Smolen
Jul 22, 2019
Such a kind heart - his laugh was the best. We sat for hours last summer at a baseball tournament with him...he made time fly with his presence, stories, knowledge of the game, and good conversation. Such a great guy. Sending prayers and hugs to his beautiful family.
Betty Neal Sweet
Jul 22, 2019
I went to school with Dave and had a crush on him,
So much so, that I joined 4-H so that I could go to his house and see him. He was such a good looking boy!
I doubt that he ever knew it because I was so shy back then. He always was very outgoing and into everything. Sounds like he still was throughout his life. I moved away so lost track of everyone, but when I heard thru my brother it saddened me. My condolences go out to his family. May God give you his peace during this time of grief. I’m praying for you all 🙏🏻
George Hendrickson and Char Lilly
Jul 22, 2019
Sending prayers 🙏 and deepest sympathy to Dave's family. We met Dave when he did our driveway and he remained a friend ever since. Such a wonderful guy, you will be truly missed our Friend . Ride free in the Heavens above.
Ron and MaryAnn Schanfish
Jul 21, 2019
Very sorry to hear Dave is gone! He was a great guy and a good friend! We are in Maine on business and can not make it back in time for the memorial. Be assured though your family is in our thoughts at this time. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him!! Sad, sad news!!
Anneliese and Gary Easton
Jul 21, 2019
I am so sorry to miss seeing you all and giving my respects. I will be out of town, but our hearts are with you all. David was a breath of fresh air when we all got together every weekend. He made us laugh and was such a good guy. It broke my heart to hear about his passing. We are sending our love to you all .
Heather Denning
Jul 21, 2019
We are sorry about your loss and what a great grandfather was. Our thoughts are with you. Heather, Dave & Angelo
timothy prochko
Jul 21, 2019
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Myron Niemi
Jul 21, 2019
Many nice memories umpiring High School games with Dave. My sincere condolences.....
Frank,Crystal Gildersleeve
Jul 20, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.