David was born in Redwing, Colorado on the family farm in June of 1942 to Porfirio and Benedicta Abila. He was the youngest of eleven children.
On June 24, 1961, David married his high school sweetheart, Ida Lucille Gomez in Gardner, Colorado.
Together they had four children Geri (Jim), David Jr., Patricia and Terry (Sylvia). They have nine grandchildren, Randy, Heather (John), Ryan (Rhiannon), Brandon (Courtney), Lommie (Brandon), Justin (Jess), Luis (Sonya), Naomi and Trish. They also have fourteen great-grandchildren, Athena, Violet, Natalie, Illyana, Richard, Brayden, Deondre, A.J., Anthony, Eliseo, Eddie, Alysia, Marina, and John. David is also survived by his sister, Adonisa Santistevan and his aunt, Frances Terrones, and many nephews and nieces.
David was a licensed plumber and worked on numerous construction sites across the state of Colorado. He was a certified welder and maintained varied certifications, always maintaining a high level of craftsmanship in the piping industry. He retired in December of 2001 and was a member of Plumbers, Pipefitters Local Union #58 for 51 years.
One of the things that David thoroughly enjoyed was filling the bed of his truck with fresh produce directly from farms in southern and western Colorado. Melons, tomatoes, green chili, corn on the cob, bell peppers, calabacitas, peaches and cherries – a farmer’s market on wheels. If he didn’t have it this week, he would deliver it to you next. Meanwhile, he was taking orders for 50 and 100 pound bags of potatoes to be delivered late fall.
Another of his favorite things to do was pick piñon nuts. Coffee cans of nuts lined his garage shop space along with a scale and boxes of ziplock bags.
Loose change filled his pockets and he was always interested in coin collecting themes. Favorite pastimes included crossword and jigsaw puzzles.
David reminisced of times spent with his brothers at Manzanares Creek Abila Homestead just below Baldy Mountain, Medano Pass, and other nearby locations. He liked to share pictures taken while he and Lucille explored a number of off-road trails by ATV. He would quickly accept a challenge to a game of horseshoes and always knew what time the football game started on Sunday.
Family has always been important to David. He had a deep love and respect for his parents. Following his father’s death in 1967 he devotedly watched over his mother until her passing. Through the years he coordinated family reunions to everyone’s enjoyment.
A man of few words, he chose to express his love more by his actions and by what he didn’t say. Along with his parents, David was preceded in death by his brothers, Tony, Ben, Walter, Toby, Gene, Gilbert, Sergio, Tommy, and Willie.