David H. Church

January 19, 1954 - December 25, 2023

01/19/1954 - 12/25/2023

David Harold Church, 69, of Virginia Beach, VA, passed away on December 25, 2023.

He was born on January 19, 1954, in Norfolk, VA, to parents David Valmore and Iris Elizabeth (Gray) Church.

From a young age, David was always active and loved the outdoors, and he carried this youthful enthusiasm for outdoor sports and activities throughout his life. David loved anything you could do at the beach, from running to riding his bike, skateboarding, skimboarding, boogie boarding, or even just throwing a frisbee or flying kite. It was only fitting that one day in 1982, on a regular beach run, he found the love of his life, Judith Elaine (Oster) Church, a kismet that led to 40 happy years of marriage.

For David, the only thing better than enjoying these hobbies was to enjoy them with his family, and his son, David Earl Church, who was a source of immense pride and joy. At family gatherings, you could always count on him to bring lighthearted fun and laughter whether through games, music, or stories. He was always quick to wrangle you into a yard game, and would never turn down the chance to play a video, card, or board game. David was also the family videographer and photographer – before it was cool – usually found behind the bulky 1980s video camera or setting up the tripod to corral the family into a group photo. He loved to share those videos and photos with his family years later, helping us all to savor the good times and have a good laugh looking back on fond memories.

Professionally, David dedicated himself to the field of construction as a drywall subcontractor. He took great pride in doing his work well, seeing it as an art that deserved to be done right; he would often point out the many housing developments he helped build while driving around Hampton Roads. He was an amazing problem-solver and craftsman, often coming up with ingenious ways to tackle difficult projects, that would leave his colleagues and clients wondering how he managed to complete complex projects by himself. This creativity and resourcefulness carried through all aspects of his life, where he would be quick to MacGyver up a solution to any problem that left the rest of us scratching our heads.

During the final years of his life, David battled several health conditions which he faced with optimism and perseverance, as he did with most of life’s challenges. The family would like to thank all of his healthcare providers, especially the staff at DaVita, for helping him to live his best life for as long as he could.

David will be remembered for the love, kindness, and time he spent with his family and friends. He inspired us all to find, remember, and savor the fun things in life, no matter the difficulties life throws in the way.

David is survived by his wife, Judith E (Oster) Church, his son, David E Church (Kaileen), his sister Carol A Davidson (Harry), and many other family members and friends who will miss him dearly. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Betty J Wiley.

The family is holding a small private goodbye and will hold an intimate memorial at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the PKD Foundation. David will be deeply missed, but his memory will live on in the hearts of his loved ones.

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Rebecca Bird
3 months ago

I am sorry to hear of you loss and wish you peace and good memories.

Bruce and Carole Tryon
3 months ago

David, both Carole and I are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this tough time.

Mario Balzano
3 months ago

So so sorry for loss Church Family, I only wish I could have had the opportunity to meet the man who raised an amazing, thoughtful, and caring son! Giving you all the most love in this time of grief. Love ya Dave

Barb Almy
3 months ago

David, Kaileen and family, We are sending love, condolences and our prayers to you all at such a difficult time. Although we did not know your dad there is no question to the kind of man he must have been having raised such a fine son. Bless you all.
Love Aunt Barb & Uncle Mike

Donna L Wiley
3 months ago

Uncle David let his love & light shine and shared with every person and aspect of his life. We will dearly miss him as we hold him in our hearts to be an example of love. Love & Peace to all of our family to thrive on with life.

Christina Miller
3 months ago

Uncle David’s energy and love will stay with us all. He was such a positive light in this world, just full of joy. I can only hope to carry on this kind of love in his memory. Judy, and David Earl, we just love you guys so much, you’re such wonderful people and I’ll be praying for peace at this time while you navigate life going forward. I can just see Uncle David walking into the room with a big smile, an even bigger hug, and a camera!
May the peace of the Lord be with you.
With Love,

Jeannie Rudman
3 months ago

David & Judy, I am so sorry to hear of David’s passing. Our sincere condolences

Sarah Paul
3 months ago

Judy and David,

I’m so very sorry to hear of David’s passing! He was such a funny, nice guy. I know that you will both miss him dearly. I hope that you are able to find peace as you begin this new chapter of your lives.


3 months ago

David and Kaileen I am so sorry to hear this. My heart is breaking for you both. My God bless you and give you strength. You are in my prayers and thoughts.

Karen Balzano
3 months ago

Dear Judy,David , Kaileen and family,

My heart goes out to all.
He was a wonderful husband, father, brother and I’m sure a good friend to many.
God bless you all at this time.
Love you,
Karen and Mark