David Edward Noyes, 92, of Evergreen, Colorado, passed away on June 1, 2023 at his home.
David was born May 21, 1931 in Amsterdam, NY to Harold A and Edwina F (nee Gerling) Noyes. He was the second of four boys.
Raised in Fort Johnson, NY, he attended Fort Johnson Grammar and Junior High School. He graduated in 1949 from Wilbur H. Lynch Senior High School, after which he was accepted to the SUNY College of Forestry and Environmental Science in Syracuse, NY. David’s college attendance was interrupted in June 1951 due to “misapplication of talent” (or as he put it, playing too much chess). As a result, he entered the US Army on April 26, 1952 during the Korean conflict.
Two years of service began at Camp Devens, MA. From there, David transferred to Indiantown Gap, PA for heavy infantry basic training and was subsequently assigned to the 2nd Armored Division’s Headquarters Company in Bad Kreuznach, Germany. He served as a tank driver, and many German automobiles met their demise under the treads of his tank. David was honorably discharged with the rank of corporal at Camp Kilmer, NJ on April 1, 1954. He was awarded the Army of Occupation Medal and the National Defense Medal.
Following his discharge, David was reinstated at the SUNY College of Forestry and Environmental Science. He resumed his studies in September 1954 and graduated with Honors in January 1957 with Bachelor of Science degrees from both the SUNY College of Forestry and Syracuse University.
Following graduation, David joined the Johns Manville Corporation (JM) at its Research and Engineering Center in Finderene, NJ as a Research Engineer. He remained with JM for 37 years, retiring in 1994 as a Manager of Environmental Affairs.
David was an active outdoorsman his entire life, enjoying camping, hunting, fishing, and hiking. He was a leader for the Boy Scouts of America, and a volunteer for Jefferson County Open Space and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. He was especially interested in history, serving as a member, volunteer, and Director of the Jefferson County Historical Society. Additionally, he was a member of the Colorado Historical Society and volunteer at the Hiwan Homestead Museum in Evergreen. David took a keen interest in his own history and genealogy, tracing his roots back to England and the settling of the United States.
David married Mary Ann Gawron of Amsterdam, NY on June 3, 1956. David and Mary had five children. He is preceded in death by his eldest son, Timothy, his brothers Daniel and Randall, and his parents Harold and Edwina.
David is survived by his wife, Mary and their four surviving children: Julie A and husband George Matern of Berthoud, CO; Jennifer L and husband Francis Fennessy of Madison, WI; Jon E of Evergreen, CO; Amy E of Highlands Ranch, CO. And six grandchildren: Mary E and George T Matern, F Marcus and Erin A Fennessy, and Ethan D and Avery J DeValk; five great-grandchildren: Conor, Dusti, Mason, Carter and Rae; and his brother Harold and wife Ann Noyes, their children Heather, Hillary and Andrew, and their families.
Services will be held Tuesday June 6, 2023 at 11:00AM at Christ the King Catholic Church in Evergreen, CO. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. A reception will follow at The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park at 1:00PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Seniors4Wellness.org. https://www.seniors4wellness.org/donate
The family thanks Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice for guiding and supporting us through this process. We are indebted to Claire Bailey, David's CNA.