David James Renfer, a beloved member of the community and a dedicated father, volunteer and golfer, passed away unexpectedly on April 30, 2023. Although we are heartbroken at this tremendous loss, we take comfort in knowing David is with the Lord he loved so deeply. He was born in Portland, Oregon on July 10, 1985. He was 37 years old.

David’s greatest love was being a father to his two boys, Connor and Kasey. Fatherhood changed David’s life and he truly found his identity in being a loving dad. He embraced every moment and opportunity to be there for Connor and Kasey, whether it was grabbing his glove to play catch at a moment’s notice, or never missing a single practice, game or recital. David was especially known for being at least 30 minutes early every day for after-school pick up so the boys never had to wait. He demonstrated his deep love for his boys through words and actions every day. The boys were his world.

David grew up with a love for sports, especially golf and tennis. Playing in tournaments from a young age, he became a highly skilled golfer and famously long-driver off the tee. Some of his proudest accomplishments were reaching the state finals his senior year and the hole-in-one he hit during a junior high match at Quail Lodge Golf Club. After graduation, he continued his passion for the sport by playing regular weekly golf competitions at Eureka Municipal Golf Course.

David cherished the opportunity to pass on his love for sports to others through coaching. He volunteered as a coach and mentor to teach young players the fundamentals of baseball, basketball and soccer. His enthusiastic and encouraging coaching style made him a beloved figure among the youth sports community.

Recently, David found a new passion as a youth group leader at his local church, Faith Center. He enjoyed working with young people, sharing his love for the Lord, and making a positive impact on their lives. David’s dedication and enthusiasm for his work inspired many of the youth in his group, and he quickly became a beloved mentor.

David will be remembered for his infectious smile, his youthful enthusiasm, and his brightly-colored golf shirts. His love for his family and friends was unwavering. David had an incredible ability to comfort others through his strong faith in the Lord.

He leaves behind his wife Natalie, his two sons, Connor and Kasey, his mother Kimberly Walker, father Len Renfer, sister Jenny Kamnikar (Shaun), niece and nephew Hailey and Walker Kamnikar, brother Danny Renfer, mother-in-law Vicki Casey, sister-in-laws Valerie Canfield and Stephanie Goodwin (Beau), nieces and nephews Ella and Cade Canfield and Carter and Amelia Goodwin, grandparents Jim and Bonnie Walker and Dorothy Renfer. He also leaves behind a large extended family and community. David was preceded in death by grandparents Leonard Renfer Jr. and Linda Renfer and Father-in-law Ben Casey.

A memorial service will be held on May 7th, 2023 at 3:00 pm, at the Faith Center Church of Eureka. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his memory to Redwood Fields to benefit youth sports programs. Donations may be sent in the form of check to P.O. Box 327, Cutten, CA 95534.

David, we love you and miss you dearly. We will cherish our memories until we meet again.


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