Our son, brother, uncle, and friend, Dave, passed away on March 23, 2018, after a brief, but heroic, battle with cancer.
Dave was born on January 21, 1959, to Sam and Myrna Valenza in Pittsburgh, PA, and at the age of three months, his family moved to Moorpark, CA. He graduated from Moorpark High School in 1977 and immediately enlisted in the Air Force. After four years and several different duty stations, Dave was honorably discharged and returned to Moorpark. From there, he worked in several different fields (from aviation electronics for Teledyne to Century 21 Real Estate) until he found his calling in cabinetry woodworking.
Dave always marched to the beat of his own drum. He loved tending his garden and sharing the fruits of his labor with his family. He was fond of fishing and camping at Rincon Beach. He also enjoyed going to Las Vegas and Laughlin and was frequently found at the craps tables throwing dice.
A good person to all that knew him, Dave would always be there to help. Dave had a big heart, and his good nature and the fun he brought to family gatherings will be missed.
He is survived by his father, Sam, his stepmother, Florence, his brothers, Steve, Jeff and his wife, Jodi, and his sister, Sharon, and her husband, Troy, plus numerous nieces and nephews. Dave joins his mother, Myrna, and sister, Janet, for eternity in the heavens.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at Reardon Simi Valley Funeral Home.