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David B. Strom

Born: Sat., Jun. 17, 1939
Died: Wed., May 15, 2019

Graveside Service

2:00 PM Wed., May 29, 2019
Location: Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery

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Missoula - Dave passed away on May 15, 2019, at St Patrick’s Hospital after an extended illness. He was born in Sheridan, WY on June 17, 1939, to Walter and Martha Strom. Dave had a life of many facets. He was a gymnast/tumbler at Missoula County High School. He graduated in 1958. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1962. He was stationed both aboard ship and at Whidbey Island, WA. During his service he received the National Defense Medal and the Navy Good Conduct Medal. He was an aviation electronics tech assigned to Heavy Attack Squadron VAH-4. Dave was a law enforcement officer with the U.S. Border Patrol, Bozeman Police Dept., Missoula Police Dept. (Sep. 1971 – Nov. 1975), and Missoula County Sheriff’s Office (Nov. 1975 – Oct. 1980). He was a member of the Crime Attack Team which was a proactive, anti-burglary unit established in 1978, jointly manned by MPD and MCSO officers. He was a self-taught, professional-grade photographer whose skills were utilized by MPD and MCSO for crime scene photography. He not only took the pictures, but also developed the film and printed the photographs. After leaving law enforcement, Dave was a private investigator, often working with the Public Defender’s office. He then became an appliance repairman, working for a number of entities, including Sears, Orv’s Appliances, and R&R Appliance Center. As well, he worked with property management companies. After his full retirement, Dave stayed busy with house projects, fishing, and visiting with friends. He was a lifetime member of the NRA and supported organizations that defended the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Dave was a true American patriot who loved his country and God. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held at the Western Montana State Veteran’s Cemetery, 1911 Tower Street, Missoula, MT, (next to Big Sky High School) on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at 2:00 pm.

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Ward and Maureen (deceased) DeWitt
   Posted Fri May 24, 2019
To the family & friends of David B. "Dave" Strom,
Dave was a close friend to me, and my recently deceased wife, Maureen. We first met him while he was a serviceman for Sears, but we quickly found common ground in our patriotism, as well as other facets of our lives.
Dave was a thoughtful and caring man, who we treasured as a friend. He provided us, from time to time, with articles and books that he thought would be of interest to us.
One of his interests, which we shared, was firearms. On one "special" day, he offered us a chance to shoot his .50 cal. Barrett rifle, so we went to the range in the dead of winter to try it out. Needless to say (but I'll say it anyway), the rifle is very powerful, and very LOUD! Surprisingly, it doesn't have as much kick as you'd expect, nonetheless, when my wife tried it out, she found sighting it through the scope troublesome. We boys assumed that she'd figure that out quickly and urged her to fire the gun. Eventually, under that pressure, she pulled the trigger, but later admitted that she hadn't had the stock firmly against her shoulder. Consequently, the kick drove the scope backward into her glasses and her nose. Barely after the report had faded from our ears, she turned to ask if she'd broken her nose. Luckily, I could soon assure her that, while she ultimately would have a significant black eye, her facial bones remained intact. Nonetheless, she chose to sit in my truck thereafter, and never fired the Barrett again. Rest assured, however, she got a lot of mileage from that episode…just saying. Keep in mind that each round of that rifle's ammo costs about five dollars. Dave was a generous man.
My purpose in writing this is that my wife and I knew Dave as a warm, generous, and very patriotic American who exemplified the best of his chosen field of law enforcement. By the way, he was also an excellent technician for our appliances.
We enjoyed Dave, and I'm certain that Maureen would mourn his passing as much as I do. On her behalf, I will say that we both feel part of our lives are now missing.
Ward S. DeWitt, M.D.

Ward DeWitt
   Posted Fri May 24, 2019

TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was sent by Ward and Maureen DeWitt.

Rest in Peace, Dear Friend.

Steve Gunderson
   Posted Sat May 25, 2019
Sorry to read of Dave's passing.

Served with Dave at the Missoula County Sheriff's Office, worked on uniform patrol shift. During "those days" some nights Dave and I were the only deputies on shift for Missoula County (save the resident deputies in Seeley Lake and Swan Valley). During those nights Dave and I would just follow each others patrol cars to calls for assistance.

When Dave got hungry he would call you on the radio and ask you to meet him at a cafe with the words " Is your grease level warning light on?".

Rest in peace Dave, a solid officer and a trusted "back up".

Steve Gunderson

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