DAVID LAWRENCE SCHOTT, 56, of Mesa, Arizona, left his adored family and friends on October 8, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Dave was born in Phoenix, Arizona on July 6,1962. He lived in Phoenix for less than a year when his Dad’s work took them to Oakland, California where he lived just across from his maternal grandparents. At six years old, the family moved to Billings, Montana where he became very independent—riding his bike for many miles to get to town and to friends’ homes. Eventually his family settled in Sandy, Utah, where he fondly remembers growing up, with great friends. He continued to ride his bike, commuting by bike to and from work at ZCMI in downtown Salt Lake City. Here he learned the value of hard work and perseverance. This work ethic remained with him his entire life, and was the source of much frustration when he could no longer work because of the cancer. He would still go out into his workshop and a little bit at a time, turn pens for those he loved.
Dave served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Canada. He had the “unfortunate” task of eating lobster, as though it were tuna fish. LOL. After his mission, Dave wanted to serve his Country and joined the Navy in 1986. He was submariner on The Woodrow Wilson, The Casmir Pulaski, and The Florida Submarines. These 10 years of service were a source of great accomplishment and lasting friendships.
Dave had a great sense of humor. He loved a variety of music and going to concerts. He and Michelle were able to go to see Garth Brooks, Alicia Keys, Imagine Dragons, Adele, Carrie Underwood, Post- Modern Jukebox, Lindsey Sterling, the Forgotten Carols, Celtic Women, and Train (to name a few). After moving to Arizona, he discovered four-wheeling in both his truck (with frequent trips to SDHQ for upgrades!) and on a quad. He loved the feeling of the wind blowing through his hair and the dirt on his face.
Dave loved spending time with family. He loved road trips, especially if they took them to the beach. Dave made beautiful pens and shared that love with all those around him. He patiently took each niece and nephew, brother, sister, cousin, and missionaries and guided them through turning a special pen. He loved woodworking and was very good at it. He loved his nieces and nephews, and anxiously awaited the time that he would become a grandpa. He was able to meet his 2 week old grandson In September. This was a highlight in his life, along with being sealed to his family on June 29, 2018.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Schott and Karen Thaxton. He is survived by his angel wife, Michelle; His children: Breanna, Nathaniel (Kendahl Heffron), Landon, and Brooklyn Mireya Schott; and his precious grandbaby, Aiden Schott.
Funeral services will be October 20, 2018 at 11 am in the Santa Rita chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and internment will be in the Mesa, AZ cemetery. Visitation will begin at 10 am at the Santa Rita Chapel.