David Bryson, 1935 ~ 2011

David A. Bryson was born June 28, 1935 to Otis and Florence Bryson in Payson, Utah. He was known as Dave to his many friends. He graduated from Payson High School and married shortly after.

During David’s lifetime he held many jobs, including working for the Forest Service, owning his own Conoco station, potash miner, and general handyman. When he came to Rawlins, Wyo., he enjoyed his job at Terry’s Towing, becoming friends with the Townsends in the process.

Dave loved the outdoors. Some of his favorite pastimes included hunting, fishing, collecting artifacts, building and flying radio-controlled airplanes. His very favorite activity was spending time with family, camping and exploring the mountains. He was unsurpassed for patience when waiting for an elk to cross his meadow. It was a long-standing tradition to drop him off at “the stump” while it was dark and then pick him up at dark. Many days in a row.

Dave had pet names for those nearest and dearest to his heart, calling his children by: Lorie Porie Puddin ‘n pie, Tuff, Bum Bum, Chipper, and Sister. He had nicknames for his brother and many others as well.

On Wednesday, Nov. 23, Dave passed away, following a short illness. He is survived by siblings, Dorthella Benson, Lorell (Jean) Bryson, and Louise (Richard) Stapley. His children are Lorie (Bob) Collier, Gary (Dee) Bryson, Annette (Charlie) Shoell, Chip Bryson, and Erika (Lonnie) Pacheco. David’s grandchildren are Audrey, Tiffany, Travis, Trent, Ronnie, Jerry, Alex, Alisha, Desi, Marissa, Nathan, Kaleb, Heather, Jennifer, Cherice, Trevor, Mark, Michelle, Amber and Austin. Great-grandchildren are Brady, Austin, Alexis, Christopher, Mackenzie, Dalton, Tryston, Kaitlyn, Kameron, Kadon, and Riley. He also loved his little dog, Foxy.

David was preceded in death by both parents; his wife, Kathy Bryson; and granddaughter, Nicole Fluckiger.

A viewing was held Monday, Nov. 28 at Rostad Mortuary in Rawlins. Services were held Nov. 29 at the mortuary.