David Draper
David Draper
David Draper

Obituary of David Jeffery Draper

December 30, 1957 – July 26, 2023 

David “Dave” Draper, age 65, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and son passed away on July 26, 2023, in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Dave leaves behind a profound legacy of love, hard work, and devotion that will live on in those who were fortunate enough to have known him. 

Dave was born in Alma, Michigan to Jerry and Rose (Fairchild) Draper on December 30, 1957. He was a witty, rambunctious, and adventurous child who loved spending time outdoors. Dave’s father, Jerry, taught him how to hunt and fish at an early age, which Dave eventually taught his own son and continued to enjoy for the duration of his life. 

After graduating from Alma High School in 1977, Dave joined the United States Navy where he went on to proudly serve his country for the next 20 years. During his time with the Navy he traveled all over the world and was stationed in many different places including the Philippines which is where he met his wife, Susana. Together Dave and Susana celebrated joyous milestones and navigated life's many challenges side by side. For over 40 years their love never wavered and was always an example of loyalty, hard work, and dedication. 

Dave and Susana were blessed with three wonderful children, Corrieann, Jerry, and Kevin. Corrieann found her life companion in John, Jerry with Ariel, and Kevin with Ruby. Dave’s children were his driving force and he took immense pride in witnessing his children grow into the remarkable individuals they are today. 

Dave’s love extended beyond his immediate family, as he delighted in being “Papa” to two granddaughters, Lillian and Evelyn. They brought him immeasurable joy, and he truly treasured every moment spent with them. 

He is survived by his wife, Susana; daughter, Corrieann (John) Cumming; sons Jerry (Ariel) Draper, and Kevin (Ruby) Montillano. He leaves behind his brothers Richard (Vicky) Draper and Jerry (Dawn) Draper, and sister Susan (Ron) Czajka, as well as his two granddaughters, Lillian and Evelyn. He was preceded in death by his parents Jerry and Rose Draper. 

Dave will be remembered as a loving husband, a devoted father, a doting papa, and a cherished brother and friend. His caring nature, warm smile, quick wit, and genuine compassion touched the lives of everyone he encountered. David's absence leaves a void in the lives of those who loved him dearly, but his memory will forever serve as a reminder of the importance of love, family, and living life to the fullest. 

Rest in peace, dear David. You will be deeply missed and forever cherished. 


A viewing will be held on August 15th, 2023, at 10:00 am followed by a service at 11:00 am at St. Paul's Community Church (8001 W. 23rd Ave, Lakewood, CO, 80214). Fort Logan National Cemetery (4400 W. Kenyon Ave, Denver, CO, 80236) on August 17th, 2023 at 3:30pm.  Meet at Staging Area C at 3:15.

Memorial contributions may be made to the King Adult Day Enrichment Program (KADEP) at www.mscenter.org/kadep. Dave attended KADEP for 13 years after his brain injury and was a critical part of his recovery and life. 

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