November 19, 1954 a beautiful 5lb 6oz baby boy was born, his parents named him David Paul. He was the seventh child out of ten children. He started out small but grew to be the biggest and most beloved person to his future family: his wife, Pat and two sons, Isaac and Zac; David was so proud of his boys. Often he'd ask them "who loves you?" to which they would respond "you do!" and his heart would be so filled! Many times David would say they were "the best thing I've ever done".
As a young boy, David's family moved from the St. Paul, MN area to Ortonville, MN where David spent his childhood years. In his early teen years, the family moved to Alexandria, MN. When David discovered his natural affinity for music, he became an outstanding guitarist. Eager to share his love for music, he became a guitar teacher and hoped to instill the same passion in others.
Although as a gifted musician, David was never one for seeking public adoration/accolades but he had to admit he was tickled pink when asked to compose and perform a guitar solo on an album for The Lamont Cranston Band.
Music was his earthly passion but more important to him was his love and devotion to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. David was often heard to lament "Jesus, come quickly", David's reward came on New Years Day when Jesus called him home. Even as our hearts are broken, we rejoice in knowing there is no more depression, loneliness, or sadness for him, only peace and promises kept. Pure joy is his in his heavenly home. Psalm 130:3-5 (KJV)
Loved ones preceding in death are his mother, Rholene; father, Elery; sister, Baby Ellen; brothers, Lee and Neil; and dear friend, Tom Wicklund. David is survived by wife, Pat (43 1/2 years, and they said we'd never make it. I'll love you forever); sons, Isaac and Zac (who both dearly loved spending time with their Dad), brothers, Richard (Beth) Nelson, Lynn (Bonnie) Salisbury, Noel Salisbury, and Alan Salisbury; and sisters, Ardee Rosencrantz and Lori (Jim) Gromis.
To honor David's wishes, there will be no formal funeral service. His desire was for people to love each other and to gather for no reason at all (without waiting for a wedding or a funeral). Don't wait too long for that phone call you meant to make. Life is too short. We will see you in Heaven some day.
Remember, "It is Because of the Cross that we have the promise of eternity with Jesus, how cool is that!?"
- David Salisbury