David George Magness was born a twin on Dec. 9, 1955. David died on his half birthday, June 9, 2021 following a short illness. His twin sister preceded him in death.
David loved learning and was always learning new things. In Boy Scouts, he learned to build things, hike in the woods and garden.
As a young adult, David joined the navy and became an electrician. He was a Seaman at discharge, and had served as an Electrician’s Mate Fireman. He was also awarded the National Defense Service Medal.
Once out of the service, David studied for and became a chiropractor. He had a gift for healing, and he wanted to gain specific training.
In 2019, David became a Functional Medicine Coach. His heart was always turned toward helping ease the burdens of others.
David was a devoted member of the Baha’i Faith. His relationship with God, and his practice of prayer and meditation gave him great comfort.
David was devoted to the outdoors, felt proud his garden became a nature sanctuary, and looked forward to eating the greens he’d planted there this year.
On his last birthday, David was asked if he had any regrets in his life to date. His response was that he wishes he hadn’t decided to become a smoker during his time in the service. Although he quit some years ago, “it played havoc with my lungs,” he added.
Asked at the same birthday what he looked forward to, David responded that he still hoped to “move somewhere warm and gentle, maybe Ecuador, to start over, find a soul mate, teach children and maybe holistic/spiritual healing.” David always said what he wanted more than anything was peace.
Preceding his death, David was cared for with love and respect by the staff at the VA Hospital in Oakland and then the VA Hospice in Aspinwall.
A service to honor David and bid his soul Godspeed was held at Hahn’s Funeral Home in Millvale on June 16. A procession accompanied David’s body to National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, where he was given a Navy honor guard salute and a beautiful playing of “Taps” before burial there. Friends were wrote messages and draw beautiful pictures on his casket.
David’s friends are comforted that he is now experiencing the peace he has always yearned for. They are secure in the knowledge that he is also drawing closer and closer to God, whom he called “my Real Father.”
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