David Wayne Fitzgerald, 60, of Manitou Springs, Colo., died May 19, 2011 in a motorcycle accident in Albuquerque, N.M. He was on his way to join the riders on the Run for the Wall, an annual mission to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. He was wearing a helmet.


David Wayne Fitzgerald, 60, of Manitou Springs, Colo., died May 19, 2011 in a motorcycle accident in Albuquerque, N.M. He was on his way to join the riders on the Run for the Wall, an annual mission to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. He was wearing a helmet.

David was born Jan. 13, 1951 in Wichita, the son of Robert C. and Dorothy Joan Jacob Fitzgerald. He grew up in Independence. He entered service in the U.S. Army in 1968 and served in Vietnam in 1969-1970 as a crew chief with the 1st Aviation Brigade in the Central Highlands.

David attended Kansas State University after his service. A Pratt resident from 1981-1991, he was a lineman for Ninnescah Rural Electric, a 4-H shooting sports leader and active at All Saints Episcopal Church. He was a coach operator for Springs Transit in Colorado Springs for 14 years, where he also served in various offices of ATU Local 19 for 13 years.

In his retirement David was devoting his life to volunteering for veterans’ causes. He was a VA Volunteer for the homeless program, DAV, American Legion Post 39, One Nation Walking Together, and a Patriot Guard Riders ride captain who completed 140 missions.

He was an avid golfer, bowler, hunter, woodworker and rodeo cowboy.

David was preceded in death by his mother.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Judith, of Manitou Springs, and daughter Melissa (Fred, Jr.) Platt of Colorado Springs; grandchildren Fred III and Elizabeth Platt; his parents Robert C. and Polly Bagwell Fitzgerald, Mesa, Ariz.; brothers Robert C. (Shelly) Fitzgerald, Jr., Castle Rock, Colo., and Michael J. (Sherrie) Fitzgerald, Kechi; sisters, Ruth (David) Mueller, Mesa, Ariz., and Terri (James) Barrett, Coffeyville; stepbrothers, Robert (Colleen) Lackey, Owatonna, Minn., and Thomas (Sylvia) Lackey, Wichita; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to One Nation Walking Together, 45 Commerce St., Colorado Springs, CO 80907.

A memorial service to celebrate David’s life will take place on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 2 p.m. in Prussman Chapel on Fort Carson at the intersection of Barkley and Prussman roads. The service is open to the public, especially all PGR brothers and sisters. Allow extra time for security clearance at the Fort Carson main gate on Highway 115.