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David Margos

October 24th, 1953 - January 8th, 2024

David Margos, age 70 years, passed away January 8,2024 in his Erie home surrounded by his loving family who were his foundation and strength. He is preceded in death by his parents George and Annabelle Margos and his beloved little girl Amber Gladys Margos. David is survived by his beloved wife Deborah, his two incredible children Nick Margos (Alissa) and Mindy Holman( Shane),four Grandchildren, one Great-granddaughter, and his siblings Alice Walker (Alex), Dr Georgia Grantham ( Kirk) and Nick Margos (Barbara). During his years at Salida High School, David showed his very competitive and disciplined side when he achieved several local and state Wrestling awards which are displayed in the Salida High Gymnasium. Upon graduation he enlisted in the US Navy and served four years on the USS Agerholm Destroyer (DDS-86) as a Naval Quartermaster. After returning back to the states he worked several years at Climax Molybdenum Mine. David’s first toys as a child were tools and a carburetor given to him by his Uncle Mike. This ignited a lifelong passion for using tools to fix or build anything mechanical.This talent helped him build a pathway toward his future profession as an Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic at United Airlines. While attending Emily Griffith Technical College in Denver he worked for his Uncle Bill Kelly in his TV repair/Bicycle shop where he repaired bicycles during the day and studied airplanes in the evening. In 1986 he was hired by United Airlines in San Francisco and transferred to the United Denver base in 1991 and retired in 2017. His coworkers remember him as “always having a smile on his face and that he was all about helping others”. In later years at Denver United, David was chosen to be part of an “ Alert Crew”, a group of very talented troubleshooting A&P Mechanics who assisted other mechanics when needed. It brought him great satisfaction to help repair airplanes so passengers could continue on their flights. He was highly respected by his coworkers, appreciated for his attention to detail and his uncanny ability to come up with solutions for every problem and situation. He was known for his “story telling ability”, quick wit and throwing in a snarky comment in there for good measure. Others remember his mischievous sense of fun and the “shenanigans” he initiated as well as his readiness to share a “Scotch on the Rocks” with others. In 1991, David and his loving wife embarked on a journey that would shape their lives forever. They built their house and hangar at the end of the runway at Erie Air Park. He worked tirelessly adding his personal touch to create a beautiful, comfortable home and making sure that the hangar was big enough to hold his “lifetime” tool collection. He spent many enjoyable hours refurbishing and flying his 1941 Taylorcraft airplane. Many remember the Pumpkin parties at Halloween. There was food to eat, pumpkins to carve and drop out of airplanes. David enjoyed numerous adventures traveling in his RV with his wife and family.One particularly memorable adventure took him to Washington D.C. with his grandson Noah, where they saw the Vietnam War Memorial Wall together for the first time. Noah is now a Marine stationed in California.David took another trip to Alaska to help build an addition onto a friend’s house. After retiring, David enjoyed training his beloved Golden Retriever, Brodie and becoming an avid duck, goose and pheasant hunter. He loved hunting and fishing with his son Nick, friends and his “puppy dog”. David was dedicated to a balanced life of hard work, love of family and kindness. This was intertwined with a spirit of adventure, fierce determination and optimism. David brought joy and inspiration to everyone around him. He was a true “Renaissance Man”, reinventing himself for every phase of his life. A “Celebration of Life” party will be held at Erie Air Park later in the year, followed by graveside service at Salida Cemetery.

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David Carroll

2024 has already cut too deep, my friend. Jo and I think the world of you personally and I have nothing but appreciation for our past work relationship. I am forever thankful that our carpooling and unfiltered conversations led to a lasting friendship. I’m constantly grateful by the things I still learn and experience by our remembered adventures, a few disagreements, more than often meeting of the minds, and our unique ability to strategize and analyze our way through complex projects. Each always seemed to activate deeper laughs and exaggerated retelling of our experiences. Regardless of the day, the time involved, or the dilemma you have shown up extending a dependable helping hand. I can still see you pulling up in that white van as I looked over my shoulder after I had already said over the phone that I can figure it out on my own. A powerhouse of skills, talent, and that trademark Margos’ authentic enthusiasm delivered with your keen insight and sharp intellect. Along with your wicked wit and razzing at an entirely different level than most could hope to achieve. You have been a mentor and a brother to me. Jo and I have deeper-than-describable heartfelt gratitude for your countless spirited words and impactful actions. Your supportive generosity and raw honest advice has always been in Jo’s and my best interest and has left a profound impression on us both. Our memories carry a common theme- your undeniable and unwavering bright and wide-eyed zest to find something new to tackle and improve. We have all been made better by knowing you. You are a great soul that can wholeheartedly build it; fix it; catch it; hunt it; clean it; cook it, all with a giving nature, skillfully mingling and sharing a scotch on the rocks. It’s evident you were born with a multifaceted spirit and that besides your incredible kindness, grit and gusto have always been your approach to life. I will sorely miss your physical presence, but the various conversations continue… in the fields, the rivers, the duck blind, the lakes, on my back porch, or at the kitchen table. Quite simply, anytime and everywhere. In fair winds and following seas, until we meet again- fish on! Your good buddy, David

Published March 9th, 2024
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Mike Brooks

The name says it all Dave, United Airlines and Davids are always the guys that get things done and are talented beyond most like David Campbell, David Carrol and Mr. Margos. I had the pleasure to get to know Dave on the trip to Alaska to Help Peggy get her addition done and as always Dave had the vision when we realized the trusses were configured the wrong way and he instantly had a fix, because in Alaska you just don't get things done by going to the store and finding everything you need. I also got to witness a couple of guys and see how scotch on the rocks looks like after a long day of work, wow! Dave will be missed by so many and the stories he could tell and his love for life and a challenge that needs to be fixed with no tools. God Blees you brother and we will see you on the other side someday.

Published March 9th, 2024
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Debbie Margos

This is being sent for my oldest brother Gene Martinez. This is a retro view of a 21th Century Renaissance Man born in the 20th Century with a Monkey Wrench in the back of his Union birthday suit. Yes, David was guilty of taking apart the Family toaster when he was a toddler…But he reassembled it to working order. His siblings beamed smiles and double thumbs-up and together yelled with glee, “ Good boy, David!” That day, that very moment, was born his impish Irish Leprechaun’s grin which he would Wear in the ensuing years when happiness overwhelmed him. Salida Mountain lore and/or legend, the toaster was reported to offer “ on demand fresh cinnamon French toast!” Some retro fit, huh, readers? Told you David has a great talent for mechanical things. Thank you for listening to my blarney, my Hyperbole…( Warning there’s more!) David was/is a caring soul. During his time on this plane, loved his family, his wife Deb, and his four Legger, Brodie Dog! Ask this canine what he thinks of David: watch his eyes light up brighter than prison spotlights; watch him gyrate liked crazed samba dancers. For all the friends you made while you were with us, David Margos, we say Small wonder this small Wonder has/ had so many friends. Brother Gene/ Martinez family

Published March 9th, 2024
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Debbie Margos

This is being sent for a Airpark friend Anne Herzog……. I’ll never forget David. He and my husband, George, became friends while living in the Airpark, and also worked together at United Airlines. They both shared. Love of flying. David and George were not only friends, but, as Debbie and I agreed, were like brothers. When George became ill, David was always there for him, and also for me. David and Debbie were both so helpful and caring when I lost George. David helped me whenever help was needed, and was very kind. David always had a big smile on his face, and a very hearty laugh. I loved his great sense of humor. He was kind, giving, caring man, who was there when anybody needed a helping hand. I feel blessed to have had him in our lives. He will be missed so much. Thank you David! Love, Anne

Published March 9th, 2024
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