David Gomez of Rock Springs, WY, passed away on May 12, 2013 in his home. He was born on August 13, 1950 in Rock Springs, WY to Abel & Eloisa Gomez, the seventh of nine children. He attended school in Superior through junior high and graduated from Rock Springs High School in 1968. David worked at Little America prior to enlisting in the United States Army in 1969. He served in the Vietnam War as a radio operator and received defense service medals for his leadership before being honorably discharged. Upon returning to the states he lived and worked in Loveland, CO for over a year, then returned to Rock Springs to work in construction. In 1972, David was in a car accident that changed course of his life. Though he was not expected to live through the night because of severe head and brain stem injuries, he survived and remained in a coma for 3 months in the Casper, WY hospital. After regaining consciousness he received years of rehabilitation in Long Beach, CA and in the Veteran’s Hospital in Cheyenne until he was able to walk and talk again. Each day was a miracle of awakening and healing for Davy. He never gave up believing that he was getting better every day. He also lived in Riverton, WY, and Salt Lake City, UT before returning to Rock Springs where he attended Western Wyoming Community College for several years. He studied computer science and excelled in writing, with some of his articles featured in the school paper. Much of his writing was inspired by his accident and his inner fortitude to overcome his physical disabilities. Though his body was weak his spirit and faith in God remained strong. He wrote, “Happiness comes from understanding that you must accept yourself as you are. A person with true peace of mind, knows himself personally, lives his own life, and has no fear of self consciousness.”
It was his smile and great sense of humor that made him the life of the party at many family gatherings through the years. As he put it “A smile is magic, the Good Lord gave you this magic so use it, smile.” He was beloved “Uncle Davy” to his many nieces and nephews. Regardless of his physical disabilities he always had a positive attitude and never complained. His strength uplifted the family even in the most difficult times, and he loved them unconditionally. He loved music and before his accident he was a talented guitar player and even played the harmonica. He was a member of St. Vivian’s Catholic Church in Superior growing up and then St. Cyril and Methodius Church in Rock Springs where he sang in the choir.
He is survived by his only sister Corina Bautista of Wenatchee, WA, and four brothers, Reynold Gomez of Littleton, CO, Abel Gomez of College Station, TX, and Joe Gomez and Ben Gomez of Rock Springs, WY, his uncle John Santillanes of Loveland, CO, along with many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Tony Gomez, Domingo Gomez, and Leroy Gomez. The family would like to thank Michelle Carr, David’s caregiver for her years of loving assistance and true friendship.
The Holy Rosary will be recited on Thursday, May 23 at St. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church at 6:00 pm. The memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, May 24 at 2:00 pm at SCM. Inurrnment will be in July. Friends may call at the church on Friday one hour prior to services.