David Allyn Graham, 43 of Zanesville passed away Monday, September 18, 2017 at his home.
He was born on Thursday, September 5, 1974 in Zanesville the son of Roger and Diane (Dalton) Graham.
David was a 1992 graduate of Tri Valley High School where he was on the Track and Cross Country teams. He was proud of his accomplishments as a runner at Tri Valley where some of his records remain unbroken and as a runner at Columbus State during college. He was a truck driver by trade and had worked at Matesich Distributing and most recently with East Balt Bakery (Formerly the Wendy’s New Bakery). He liked to say He went from being the “Bud Man” to the “Bun Man”.
David loved the outdoors whether it was hunting, fishing, riding his motorcycle or blazing trails on his four wheeler. He enjoyed spending his time off, mowing on the Allis Chalmers or helping his dad in the garage the most current of Roger’s many projects. He enjoyed teaching his kids to do the best they could at any job, and especially enjoyed helping his daughters at the horse barn. David was always there to help a neighbor or friend.
He never met a stranger and was the light of his family’s life. The love he had for them was known to everyone he knew. David’s loud, happy laughter and ready smile were contagious and will certainly be remembered by everyone who knew and loved him.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his best friend, biggest fan & biggest pain for over 21 years, Jennifer L. Garey Graham whom he married March 30, 2003; his children, Hayden Graham and twins, Katelyn and Karlie Graham all of the home; Ross Theisen of Columbus; his most loyal companion and his best furry buddy, his dog, Tobey; his beloved sisters, Chantel (Curt) Tracey of Duncan Falls and Heather (Mike) Nelson of Colorado; Mothers-in-law, Kristen (Jeff Dennis) Love and Shelia (Frank Enzci) Garey; Sister-in-law, Mandy (Rod) Sprankle; brother-in-law, Shane (Karen) Love and special nieces & nephews all of Crooksville; Uncles, Gary (Karen) Graham, Mark (Elizabeth) Graham both of Zanesville, Allyn (Jennifer) Graham of South Carolina, Wendell “Punkie” (Andi) Dalton; many special cousin and friends who were more like his brothers than buddies; and the best “neighbor/cousin” you could ever ask for, “Herschel” & Debbie Graham.
David was preceded in death by his grandparents, Kenneth and Marylou Graham, Wendell and Ann Dalton; Aunt Barbara Campbell; Fathers-in-law, Tom Love and Bill Garey.
Friends may call 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wednesday, September 27, 2017at the Bryan & Hardwick Funeral Home with “Celebration of Life” service to follow at 7:00 PM with Pastor Gay Blau officiating. Private Burial will conclude at the Zanesville Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Muskingum County Dog Warden and Adoption Center, 1500 Newark Rd. Zanesville, a charity of your choice in David’s memory or to the Children’s Trust that will be set up soon at the Community Bank.
The Bryan & Hardwick Funeral Home, 2318 Maple Ave. Zanesville is in charge of the arrangements. To share memories and condolences with David’s family please click on the Guest Book link on this page.