David E. O'Reilly

August 18th, 1943December 16th, 2018

David Eugene O’Reilly, age 75, passed away peacefully on 12/16/18. David was born to Jerry and Hortense O’Reilly in Great Falls, MT on 8/18/43. He had five siblings (four brothers and one sister). Jerry, Ed, Tom and Marion preceded him in death and he is survived by their brother Richard (LeAnn). David earned his reputation for hard work at an early age; working as a paper boy, a gas station attendant, cafeteria worker, meat packer, Boeing Airlines employee and even as a young trainer of American Saddle Horses. David was a gifted athlete as well. A self-proclaimed “rink rat”, David spent many years skating for local youth and semi-professional hockey teams. He also enjoyed skiing and wrestling, and was fortunate to participate in those sports throughout his entire adult life. David was an NCAA athlete, participating as a scholarship football player and a captain of his college team at the University of Northern Montana – Havre. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Arts which led to an amazing career in education and carpentry, that lasted over 50 years. It was during his college years that David met and married the love of his life Marjorie Nepil of Big Sandy, MT. They were married for 54 years. The young couple were both educators and started their teaching careers during the 1960s in Wolf Point, MT and then later in Fairbanks, AK. Their first of two sons, Brian was born in Glasgow, MT before the family moved to Alaska. Upon their return to the “lower 48” in 1970, their second son Kerry was born in Greely, CO. David received his Master’s Degree in Industrial Arts from the University of Northern Colorado in Greely, CO. The O’Reilly’s moved to Wheeling, IL in 1971 where David taught Industrial Arts and coached football, wrestling and track/field at Wheeling High School. In 1974, he transferred to the newly opened Buffalo Grove High School and continued to teach and coach. David continued to enhance his own education and received a Master’s Degree in High School Counseling which then led to a move to the counseling department at Buffalo Grove High School in 1990. David loved helping students and athletes; whether it was helping them build woodworking projects, develop athletic football and wrestling skills , or just helping young people navigate the high school experience and graduate with positive skills that they could take into college, trades, careers and life as adults. Along with teaching and coaching, he was a skilled carpenter and craftsman. In 1979 the family moved to Barrington, IL and for many years lived in the home he built alongside his father-in-law and mentor Laddie Nepil. When teaching and coaching were not taking his time, David’s carpentry career flourished, as he built homes and additions for many friends and neighbors. In 2002 he retired from education and he and Marj moved to Mt. Crested Butte, CO. Once again, David’s carpentry skills were put to full use as he completely renovated a wonderful old home set at the foot of the ski hill with beautiful views of the Elk Mountain range and Mt. Crested Butte. David loved the Crested Butte community, skiing regularly with Marj and volunteering with guest services on the mountain helping other skiers. David’s commitment to the Mt. Crested Butte community continued with participation in the local Rotary Chapter and Planning Commission. He served on the Mt. Crested Butte Town Council for four years, was the Mayor Pro Tem for two years and was instrumental in the building of a recreational path that now provides safety and enjoyment to countless visitors and residents. In addition to his community service, his careers, family and dear friends; David enjoyed, country music, western art and cooking large St. Patrick’s Day dinners!

In December, 2017 David was diagnosed with leukemia of the bone marrow and spent a year fighting like a brave champion wrestler; amazing doctors with his ever present strong, faith-based positive attitude and his loving wife Marj by his side. He is survived by his wife Marjorie, his sons Brian and Kerry (Linda Kay), four grandchildren (Elizabeth, Patrick, McKenna and Rebecca), one great grandchild (Jaxon), many loving brother/sister in-laws, nieces and nephews. On 12/22/18, Rosary Services will begin at 1pm and the Funeral Mass will follow at 1:30p in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lafayette, CO. Luncheon is immediately after the Funeral Mass at the Anthem Ranch- Lodge in Broomfield, CO. Internment for David will be at Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Boulder. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Queen of All Saints Catholic Rectory Project (Queen of All Saints Catholic Church – 400 W. Georgia Gunnison, CO 81230) or the Center for the Arts – PO Box 189 Crested Butte, CO 81224.

Services

On 12/22/18, Rosary Services will begin at 1pm and the Funeral Mass will follow at 1:30p in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lafayette, CO. Luncheon is immediately after the Funeral Mass at the Anthem Ranch- Lodge in Broomfield, CO. Internment for David will be at Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Boulder. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Queen of All Saints Catholic Rectory Project (Queen of All Saints Catholic Church – 400 W. Georgia Gunnison, CO 81230) or the Center for the Arts – PO Box 189 Crested Butte, CO 81224.

 
Cemetery

Sacred Heart of Mary Cemetery, Boulder | Map

Location

None

Church

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church