David T. Walmsley

February 5th, 1943April 26th, 2020

David Thomas Walmsley, 77, of Erie, Colorado passed away Sunday, April 26, 2020 at Boulder Community Health surrounded by his wife and children.

David was born on February 5, 1943 in Coshocton, Ohio to David and Gertrude (Voshell) Walmsley. He graduated from Valley Central High School in Montgomery, New York in 1961 and from the Orange County Community College for an Associates in Engineering and Science in 1972.

On April 19, 2003 David married Barbara Smallwood-Cook in Tulsa, Oklahoma. David and Barbara shared six children, Dora (Chris) Mau Campbell, ShereKay (Mitch) Walmsley Liberman, Renee Walmsley, Bryan (Tracy) Mau, Heather (Duke) Mau Duarte, and Ryan (Natalie) Walmsley, 15 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

David’s passion was aviation.  From the age of 10 when David started flying, and his first solo flight at age 14, airplanes remained one of his favorite passions in life.   David bought his first airplane at age 16 and owned many more throughout his life. After serving in the U.S. Army, David achieved his Commercial, Instrument, Multi-engine, and Helicopter ratings under the GI bill. He continued to achieve his Airline Transport Pilot rating, Seaplane rating, and his Airframe and Powerplant rating and his Instructor’s license. David became one of the very few people in the country to achieve both his Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award and his Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award from the FAA. At the age of 58, he achieved a type rating in Learjet 60. David officially retired at 70 in 2013.  The day after retiring he started his own small aircraft maintenance and repair business (Dave’s Plane Works).  He was an Authorized Inspector for the FAA continuing to work on and inspect airplanes. Throughout his life, David built and restored many airplanes from scratch, mostly focusing on biplanes from the 1920’s and 1930’s eras.

Dave was an integral part of American Legion Post 111, Louisville, Colorado and served as Chief Finance Officer.  Dave was a member of the United States Army and fought in Vietnam.  He was a member of Post 111 for 10 years.  Dave exemplified hard work and dedication not only to the American Legion but to anyone who needed help, he was always available.




A celebration of his life service will be held at a later date.  Information to follow as soon as possible.









My thoughts and Prayers are with you Barbara and the children. Dave was a wonderful man and I enjoyed the years we worked together at Falcon Crest. He will be dearly missed.
My Heart goes out to Dave’s whole family but I truly feel the pain Ryan is going through. Dave and Ryan has a very loving relationship and Dave always expressed his pride in Ryan. I can only speak of Ryan and Dave since I have not met any other family member but I do know Dave loves his entire family. The Colorado elk hunt will never be the same. RIP Peace Dave your flying high now so enjoy. Ron Long.Quaker Mountain Colorado
I love you dearly and you have a special place in my heart! You loved my aunt with all your heart. I will always remember your wedding as it was the first time out in public after going thru chemo and radiation and it was a very special day for us all. You are loved by so many people and you will missed dearly. Love and miss you! Prayers for Barbara and all the kids love ❤️ guys.
Dear Barb and family, Dave will always be loved and remembered as a wonderful, solid friend and human being in my heart. We have all been blessed to know him and share interests in aviation. Both earth and sky are better places for his having been with us on and in it. Allan Lockheed Jr.
Renee My prayers are with you and your family during this heartbreaking time. Love you Cyn
Dave was truly a great person and we were Blessed to have him touch our lives! Barb our Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! Love you Doug and Pattie.
Dave the pilot. Like my father and my wife Michelle’s father. My Dad was president of Hughes Aircraft. He ran the TOW Missile program. Michelle’s Dad was a bush pilot who had his own company doing oil pipeline patrols in northern Alberta, Canada. He took her on flights. She worked for him scheduling the fights when she was 18. It’s in the blood. It’s in the character. America’s best generation. Such good guys flew aircraft for our country, fearless and funny, committed to greatness. The right stuff. Dave was a good guy. Pilots are a rare breed. I know them. They came by the house when I was a kid. There was something about them and I liked it. I know them when I see them. It’s in the blood. I am Aviation family as is Michelle. Free. Dave is there. You’ll see him. Just look up. Goodbye my friend. You joined the eternal fraternity. Say hello to Kai and Joe. They’ll recognize you when you walk in. My heart breaks for those you left behind but now you fly free. Glenn and Michelle Thomassen.