Obituary for Roger E. David

Roger E. David, age 94, of Safford, passed away at his daughter’s home in Phoenix on Dec. 22. He was a retired businessman and funeral director.   Roger, his wife Carolyn, and their five children moved to Safford in 1959.  He purchased the Safford Funeral Home and served thousands of Gila Valley families during his 40 years of David’s Safford Funeral Home ownership. 

His community service included working with others to establish David’s Ambulance in Graham County, Grahamlee Ambulance in Greenlee County, and the Melvin Jones Memorial in Fort Thomas.   His church service comprised local leadership, foreign missions, and many years with his wife Carolyn as temple workers at the Mesa and Gila Valley LDS Temples.   He was a member of the Safford Lions Club and a World War II-era veteran.

Roger E. David

Roger is survived by his four daughters, J’Anne Affeld, Jared Smithson, Jeanne Koniuszy, and Joyce Dietrich of the Phoenix Metro area, a son, Paul R. David of Safford, as well as  21 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren.

Through his 60 years in the Gila Valley, Roger realized that the principle of scarcity is invalid here concerning friends, neighbors, and community members.  The more Roger and Carolyn gave of their time, talents, means, and love, the more they received back.  They cherished the wonderful people of the Gila Valley.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, Dec. 30, at 2 p.m. at the Safford LDS Stake Center.   Friends may call from 1 to 1:50 p.m., Thursday at the Stake Center.