David Park Hostettler (Aug. 05, 1924 – March 04, 2017) | PostIndependent.com

David Park Hostettler (Aug. 05, 1924 – March 04, 2017)

My Tribute

David was born in Cambridge Springs, PA, on August 5, 1924, and raised in nearby Edinburg, PA. After high school graduation, he studied for two years at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. In 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, and served in the infantry in France at the end of WWII.

David married Eunice Alethia Rodgers in 1945 upon his return from Europe. They moved with their growing family to eastern Tennessee, where he graduated from Maryville College. They then relocated to Philadelphia, PA, where David graduated from Temple University School of Medicine in 1953.

The Presbyterian Board of Home Missions appointed Dr. David a medical doctor to the Navajo Indians in Granada, Arizona, where he and Eunice raised their four children. They later moved to Ajo, Arizona, where he was physician to the copper miners of southern Arizona.

In 1960, Dr. David moved his family to Glenwood Springs, CO, where he joined Glenwood Medical Associates as a Family Care Physician. He also served in the ER at Valley View Hospital, and in the Eagle County Medical Clinic.

Through those years, Dr. David delivered hundreds of babies, and served with many local charities in the Roaring Fork Valley.

David is survived by his son, Park Christian, and his wife Kris; daughters, Carol Jean of Glenwood Springs, and Anne Lorraine and her husband, John of Santa Fe, NM; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and step-children, Jon Obermeyer, of Durham, NC, and Joy Brown of Charlotte, NC. His first wife, Eunice, passed away in 2010, and his oldest son, Rodger, also preceded him in death.

In September, 2015, David married Shirley Jean (Obermeyer) Hostettler in Glenwood Springs, who also survives.

Dr. David was a beloved physician, and a trusted man of great faith in his Savior, Jesus Christ. He faithfully served his loved Mennonite Church as Christian Education Director, and was a much loved leader in a number of capacities there.

He loved these beautiful mountains — to climb and to camp beside a stream — often with his children, or one of his beloved dogs alongside him.

Dr. David will also ways be cherished in this Valley for his great integrity and his devotion and love for everyone whom he touched. He embraced us all, and now we honor and embrace him.

We will always love you, David Park, and thank God for every remembrance of you. We know the angels in Heaven are rejoicing as they welcome you Home.

You are my dearest friend, precious David, and I will always love you.


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