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David Wayne Franklin, alien slayer, defender of the galaxy, wielder of the elven sword was called to battle on August 2, 2022. David loved a good battle story and hated a bad movie re-enactment of one. Hypocrites, aliens, bullies, the Dark Side and orcs were among his battle scenes…not necessarily in that order.
However, battle was not the first thing a person noticed about David. The first thing, well, that would be his laughter. Both childlike and complex, a surprising range to his sense of humor. Is he laughing about death or satire? Who knows? But if David is laughing, then we are laughing. Because it is impossible to stop, and we are most likely laughing ourselves into tears.
David loved to eat, particularly BBQ washed down with a good farmhouse Saison. Pair this with a sharing of intelligence about any topic and it was a good night. David was educated about life and how to get the most out of it. From film production to nutritional supplements, David was a walking, talking vault of information you did not know you were missing until it was brought forth and smacked down upon you. Friends were never disappointed when sitting down with an empty stomach and open mind.
David also had incredible talent. A Renaissance man. He invented the term. Crafting, sword fighting, repairs of any kind, acting, fatherhood, cooking. His range of hobbies throughout his life included music, Renaissance Fair and Burn community. If you didn’t have a husband you wanted David. If you did have a husband, you considered taking on a second.
David entered this galaxy on March 20th 1971 via some beautiful parents, Jean Marie Bowling and John Eugene Franklin who preceded his departure. He leaves his legacy in his daughter Lilith. He is now in the next galaxy…laughing, eating, learning and waiting for the rest of us to catch a bit of enlightenment.
“Difficult to see; always in motion is the future.”
—Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back
Kevin Kritzer says
Dave was an acquired taste. If you didn’t fit his ideals, basically you were out. I agree 100% with whomever wrote about Dave. That is who he was. I have known him since 1991, and have grown to love/hate/love him. He does have many many shining moments in life, and of course dark ones. Don’t we all. I will always remember his laugh. He seemed happy most of the time I’ve known him, but I moved away in 2014 from KC, and pretty much missed out on things. He was a brilliant guy that I hold as a close friend and I am saddened but his loss. Condolences to his family and even closer friends than myself.
Ary Kritzer says
Bahaha! This obituary makes me laugh. He was so funny. I love the words you decide to use in describing a complicated person. May he rest in peace. Sending love and light to those who were close to him. I’m still sitting in denial.
To David…I am sorry you left. I know you’ll look after your daughter and show her lovely omens along the way that let her know that you are still here and that you love her beyond time.
Paula Krudwig says
Lisa and Sean, this description was spot on. Although it was 20+ years ago that we were close….the description still holds true. This just means he didn’t change too much over time. Maybe in little ways….. Dave, I’m thankful that we were able to get absolve each other of our past and call each other ‘friend’. You will be missed.
To his family, know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers and my family sends condolences, as well.