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SKIDMORE, David Wayne
SKIDMORE, David Wayne May 11, 1956 - July 1, 2014 Age 58, was born in Dayton, Ohio. Dave served in the Navy after high school and then moved to Quartz Hill, where he would marry, raise a family, begin a career, and become a respected and loved member of his extended family and community. We lost Dave in a motorcycle accident on July 1 as he drove home from work at Air Force Plant 42, where he managed airfield improvements. Dave leaves his wife, Pamela Christie Skidmore; his daughter, Danielle, her fiancĀŽ, JJ Rambus; Pam's four brothers, David, Bill, Bob, Mike and their spouses; her sister, Patty; father-in-law Michael and step-mother Sally. Also surviving are his father Phillip; brother Dale, and sisters, Theresa and Sabrina, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Dave arrived in the Antelope Valley in 1979. He was devoted to his daughter and spent many hours on the soccer field cheering on Danielle and her teammates. His hobbies included riding his Harley, gardening, and listening to music. Dave worked as an Operating Engineer and as an auto mechanic before beginning his career in aerospace. He joined Kern Valley Industries in the early 1980s, a company that fabricated personnel and parts protective equipment for military aircraft. In 1988, he was hired at Edwards Air Force Base (EAFB) and began his Civil Service career - a career that he would continue until his untimely death. During his career, the majority of his time was spent working at the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office at EAFB. He briefly retired, then transferred to AF Plant 42, where he managed major airfield improvement projects for the past four years. At his passing, the base commander ordered flags lowered to half-mast, an honor that shows the respect he earned from his peers. A celebration of Dave's life will be held from 10 a.m-1 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Church of Christ, 5029 W. Ave. L-12, in Quartz Hill. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.

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