In the fall he returned home to attend school. He served in the Marine Corps from 1964 to 1967. He was honorably discharged after having served in Vietnam and different overseas countries. When he returned to the United States he met and married Ruth Knecht in Moab. They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August.
David’s main occupation involved driving trucks during the uranium boom, and later hauling propane gas in the Four Corners region for Ferrelgas until he retired in 2005. He left Moab shortly after and moved to East Texas.
David spent many happy hours fishing, hunting and camping in the La Sal Mountains. He loved working in his yard and always grew a beautiful garden. One year he entered his vegetables in the Grand County Fair and won many ribbons he was proud of. He loved the dogs he had over the years and they were always a part of the family.
He is survived by his wife Ruth, daughter Leslie (Meshell) of Lindale, Texas, and son Jerry of Edom Texas; two brothers, Daniel Ames (Janice) of Bedrock, Colo., and Steven Ames (Margaret) of Battle Mountain, Nev., and his brother-in-law Robert Waldrop (Retha) of Estancia, NM. In addition, he had many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother Geraldine Ames and father Hal Ames, sister Rosemary Casto, brothers-in-law Clint Knecht and Larry Knecht.
Military services are pending in Grand Junction and will be announced at a later date.