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April 14, 1999 ~ December 5, 2018 (age 19)
James David Childs April 14, 1999 – December 5, 2018
David Childs’ life began April 14, 1999, at College Station Medical Center. From a young age, he demonstrated profound curiosity, tenacity, and sensitivity. David never ceded to the status quo; rather, he thought critically about the meaning of life and the character of God. He was a loyal friend, a creative thinker, and a caring listener. His witty sense of humor and deep care for others are sorely missed by his loved ones.
Throughout his all-too-short life, David enjoyed spending time outdoors, skateboarding, biking, and listening to classic rock music. David was also a talented video game developer, known for creating innovative games with fun storylines. His work drew much attention on Roblox.
In David’s words, the best day of his life was spent playing airsoft with his brothers and cousins on his uncle’s farm in Kentucky. His family shares fond memories vacationing often in Colorado, where David loved skiing, snowboarding, and mountain biking. Further, he relished trailer park tacos from Torchy’s, Freebirds burritos, strawberry milkshakes, root beer, and his dad’s famous chocolate coffee cake.
David spent his nineteen years involved in the Brazos Valley community. He was employed as a plumbing assistant at Tom Lyne Plumbing and hoped to become a licensed plumber. Additionally, he regularly attended Grace Bible Church. David served others generously; he readily lent a helping hand, no matter the need.
David joins his grandparents, Darrell Childs, of Marlin, Texas, Rodney Veitschegger, of Seattle, Washington, and Cynthia Kerr, of Allensville, Kentucky. He is survived by his father, James N. Childs, MD, and mother, Maria V. Childs, MD, who both serve the Brazos Valley community as dermatologists; his grandmother, Laverne Schendel, of the Houston area; his two sisters, Hannah Marie Childs - 23 (currently of Seattle, WA) and Beth Anne Childs - 21 (currently at UT Austin); his two brothers, Matthew James Childs - 17 and Jonathan James Childs – 17 (currently at College Station High School); aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and dogs who grievously miss him.
David fought to live for what matters. In middle school, he received the “Lion’s Heart Award” for defending the defenseless, which he continued to do throughout his life. David passionately cared for the weak, and his legacy continues to inspire others to do the same.
A Life Celebration Gathering Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, from 6-8 PM at Hillier Funeral Home of College Station. A Life Celebration will also be help at Hillier Funeral Home of College Station at 4 PM on Wednesday, December 12, 2018.